Storylines: Leinster

Storylines: Leinster

Edinburgh Rugby travel to Dublin to face Leinster at the RDS Arena in Round 8 of the United Rugby Championship (Friday 11 February, kick-off 6pm) - live on Premier Sports.

These are the storylines to look out for as the capital club look to return to winning ways.

Ramiro Returns

Edinburgh welcome the return of Argentine internationalist Ramiro Moyano, with the winger making his first appearance since injury in the defeat against London Irish at the start of the year.

Moyano has been in scintillating form for the capital club, crossing the whitewash five times in five appearance – but also displaying much more besides his finishing, acting as a constant thorn in the sides of opposition defences. The former Jaguares man has shown oodles of pace, coming close to scoring a try of the season contender in a mazy length of the field run against Cardiff.

Home advantage

The last six encounters between Edinburgh and Leinster have seen the home side take the win, with four going Leinster’s way. The home dominance stretches further back; Edinburgh have lost on their last eighteen visits to Dublin to face Leinster in Dublin in all tournaments since their 27-13 victory at Donnybrook in November 2005.

The capital side will take encouragement from their last trip away in Ireland however, beating Connacht 15-14 in the wind and rain, thanks to a last-minute Nathan Chamberlain try.

Young guns on the flank

Mike Blair has picked Ben Muncaster and Connor Boyle to start at six and seven respectively, the talented young duo stepping up to face the Irish heavyweights. The pair have both made contributions on the field so far this season, with Muncaster landing a spectacular score against CA Brive in the EPCR Challenge Cup, and Boyle providing energy at the breakdown.

The pair have their fair share of experience playing in pressure scenarios, with both having captained Scotland U20 in the Six Nations.

Top of the table clash

Edinburgh and Leinster have both made lightning starts to the United Rugby Championship season, with either side enjoying six wins apiece. Ulster knocked Edinburgh off top spot last week, though a win for the capital club will see them return to top perch. Leinster, meanwhile, sit four points behind Edinburgh in fourth, and could leapfrog into second with a bonus point win.

Despite their flying form, both sides will be looking to hit back after losses on the road – with either side falling on the wrong side of results in South Wales, Edinburgh losing to Swansea, while Cardiff toppled Leinster at Cardiff Arms Park.

Dublin Debutants

Jake Armstrong and Kwagga van Niekerk are both in line to make their debuts for the capital club from the bench.

Tighthead prop Armstrong made the move north from Bristol Bears to reinforce Edinburgh’s front row stock, covering international call-ups and injury. Armstrong kicked off his senior career with Otley, Leeds Carnegie and Wharfedale in his native Yorkshire before moving south to join Channel Island Championship side, Jersey Reds. It was from there he joined Bristol in 2018 and has made 14 appearances for the west country club.

Back-rower Van Nierkerk has had a much shorter distance to travel to link up with the club, coming into the squad having impressed in the FOSROC Super6 with Watsonians. Van Niekerk played for Scotland at the World Rugby U20 Championship in 2019 after qualifying through his Scottish-born grandfather. He also took part in the U20 Six Nations that year.

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