Team named for Cardiff Rugby clash
Edinburgh Rugby today named their team to face Cardiff Rugby in tomorrow afternoon’s United Rugby Championship Round 10 fixture at DAM Health Stadium (Saturday 8 January, kick-off 3pm) – live on Premier Sports
Head Coach Mike Blair welcomes back a number of players to the starting line-up as Henry Immelman, James Lang, Blair Kinghorn and WP Nel all come back from injury, while Scotland internationalists Jamie Ritchie and Grant Gilchrist both return to the capital side’s pack.
Tomorrow’s URC clash – which, per current Scottish Government guidance, will be played for all intents and purposes spectator-free – is Edinburgh Rugby’s first match since defeating Saracens on 11 December, with both festive 1872 Cup matches against Glasgow Warriors postponed.
Ahead of the match, Blair, said: “The squad are obviously champing at the bit play competitive rugby after a number of weeks without fixtures and that has certainly shown in training this week, with guys putting their hand up for selection across the board.
“We’re delighted to welcome back a number of players from injury and those guys selected will be desperate to put in a good performance and make the most of their opportunity.
“Cardiff are a quality team with a number of experienced internationalists in key positions. The challenge for us is to impose our game for 80 minutes.”
As Immelman returns from injury to start at full-back, Argentine internationals Emiliano Boffelli and Ramiro Moyano are named on opposite wings.
Having started together against Saracens, centres Lang and Mark Bennett once again link up in midfield, while stand-off Blair Kinghorn and scrum-half Ben Vellacott are paired at half-back.
Hooker and club centurion Stuart McInally packs down alongside Scotland prop duo Pierre Schoeman and WP Nel up front, as locks Jamie Hodgson and Gilchrist complete the tight-five.
December’s Scottish Building Society Player of the Month and number 8 Magnus Bradbury anchors a back-row that sees Ritchie and Hamish Watson named at blindside and openside flanker respectively.
Elsewhere, Dave Cherry – who this week signed a new deal with the club – and summer signing Glen Young are both named among the replacements, with the latter poised to make his competitive debut for the capital side.
Edinburgh Rugby team to face Cardiff Rugby at DAM Health Stadium in Round 10 of the United Rugby Championship
Saturday 8 January, kick-off 3pm – live on Premier Sports
15. Henry Immelman (5)
14. Emiliano Boffelli (3)
13. Mark Bennett (59)
12. James Lang (7)
11. Ramiro Moyano (3)
10. Blair Kinghorn (106) VICE-CAPTAIN
9. Ben Vellacott (8)
1. Pierre Schoeman (72)
2. Stuart McInally (159) VICE-CAPTAIN
3. WP Nel (162)
4. Jamie Hodgson (30)
5. Grant Gilchrist (165) CAPTAIN
6. Jamie Ritchie (82)
7. Hamish Watson (122)
8. Magnus Bradbury (101)
16. Dave Cherry (44)
17. Boan Venter (15)
18. Luan de Bruin (3)
19. Glen Young*
20. Nick Haining (22)
21. Charlie Shiel (39)
22. Jaco van der Walt (75)
23. Chris Dean (110)
Unavailable: Luke Crosbie, Nathan Chamberlain, Darcy Graham, Damien Hoyland, Cammy Hutchison, Mesu Kunavula, Viliame Mata, Henry Pyrgos, Ben Toolis
*Edinburgh Rugby debut