Match Preview: Benetton
Get the latest ahead of Saturday afternoon's Scottish Building Society Series clash with Benetton at ERS (kick-off 3pm) with this week's Match Preview.
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HOW TO WATCH
The match won't be broadcast and the only way to watch is by securing a ticket! The club will show extended highlights on it's social channels later in the week.
Referee: Sam Grove-White
Assistants: Mike Adamson and David Sutherland
EDINBURGH TEAM NEWS
Edinburgh Rugby Head Coach Mike Blair welcomes the return of five Scotland stars to a strong and experienced side to face Benetton in Saturday’s Scottish Building Society Pre-Season Series clash at Edinburgh Rugby Stadium.
Darcy Graham, Blair Kinghorn, Stuart McInally, Grant Gilchrist and Jamie Ritchie all return to the starting XV after missing out on last weekend’s Newcastle Falcons match, while summer recruits James Lang and Freddie Owsley are both selected among the replacements and are in line to make their first appearances for the capital club.
Graham returns to the wing to make his first Edinburgh appearance since April, while a new half-back pairing sees Kinghorn named at stand-off alongside scrum-half Ben Vellacott.
Blair makes three changes to the tight-five as hooker McInally, loosehead Pierre Schoeman and lock Gilchrist are all named starters, while Ritchie gets the nod at blindside flanker in the only alteration to the back-row.
BENETTON TEAM NEWS
The Benetton team travelling to Edinburgh was named earlier this week. Click below for all team news from Stadio di Monigo.
Mike Blair on team selection
“We’re delighted to welcome back a number of the club’s experienced internationalists for this game. They’ll all have significant roles to play as the United Rugby Championship gets started in just over a week’s time, and it’s important that they get this game time under their belts as we approach the season kick-off.
“Benetton are a quality side that were worthy and deserved winners of the Rainbow Cup, while they’re a team that we’ll face twice in our URC Conference. We look forward to the challenge that Saturday’s match-up presents and the squad are excited to once again play in front of our home support in our brand-new stadium.”
Charlie Savala on our new home
“It was crazy, mate. I’m used to hearing the typewriters and the coaches yelling out, so it was cool to have the fans there yelling us on.
“We’ve been training in there for quite a while, but to have fans back was obviously a different experience. The result wasn’t the best, but it was good to get that game under the belt.
“I like to think the ball always bounces your way but it doesn’t always work like that. As with any surface, it can be your friend at times but it can also go the other way, sometimes it bounces up and sometimes it runs on a bit further, so it is about being able to adapt."
LAST TIME OUT
Edinburgh have not hosted Benetton since October 2018 where the capital side secured a 31-30 victory thanks to scores from Matt Scott, Duhan van der Merwe, Blair Kinghorn and Dougie Fife. Catch all the action below: