Storylines: Ulster

Storylines: Ulster

Edinburgh Rugby face Ulster this Saturday night in the club's final home fixture of the 2020-21 season. These are the storylines to look out for as we look ahead to a 5.15pm kick-off at BT Murrayfield.

BT Murrayfield farewell

Edinburgh Rugby has been a resident of BT Murrayfield for 21 of its 25 years of professional existence, while the amateur district has been intrinsically linked to the famous national ground since the days of Francis Moncreiff and the squad of 1872.

Therefore this Saturday's match against Ulster - the club's last-ever match as permanent residents of the national stadium - will and should be regarded as major moment in Edinburgh Rugby history, before the team moves to its brand new 7,800 purpose-built home for next season.

For the vast majority of the capital squad, BT Murrayfield is all they've ever known as home, so they'll no doubt want to go out with a bang and leave on a high note.

Scotland stars return

Edinburgh Rugby welcome the return of four Scotland stars to start tomorrow’s Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup encounter against Ulster.

Back-row duo Jamie Ritchie and Hamish Watson, lock Ben Toolis and wing Duhan van der Merwe are all fit to play in the BT Murrayfield farewell.Ritchie will captain the side just four days after being named national team skipper for the forthcoming Summer Tour, while Watson will make his first appearance since being named in the 2021 British & Irish Lions squad.

Wing van der Merwe is back from a short spell on the side-lines and takes his place in the back-three, while Toolis returns from a five-month absence to partner 21-year-old Marshall Sykes in the boiler house.

Youth given their chance

Three of the club’s teenage FOSROC Academy prospects are handed opportunities from the outset – debutant and full-back Harry Paterson (19), hooker Patrick Harrison (18) and number 8 Ben Muncaster (19).

Harrison - who earlier this season became the club's youngest debutant of all time - and Muncaster both featured in the recent Rainbow Cup victory over Zebre, however it will be Paterson's first taste of professional rugby when he pulls on the jersey come 5.15pm on Saturday night.

Paterson has impressed at FOSROC Super6 level while he was recently named in Season Lineen's Scotland U20 squad for the upcoming U20 Six Nations Championship.

Half-backs set to star

Edinburgh Rugby name a livewire half-back combination to start Saturday night's match-up with Charlie Shiel and Blair Kinghorn linking up at scrum-half and stand-off respectively.

Kinghorn has looked lively when shifted to No.10 in recent months and will keen to get the line moving from get-go.

The duo linked up for a coast-to-coast score in the recent derby encounter with Glasgow Warriors and have more than enough pace, flair and skill to cause the Ulster defence problems.

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