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Internationals return to Edinburgh side for Scarlets clash

Guinness PRO12 Rugby Editor

23 Mar 2017

Ross Ford

Edinburgh Rugby welcome back nine internationals from Scotland’s RBS 6 Nations squad for tomorrow night’s Guinness PRO12 clash against Scarlets at Parc Y Scarlets (kick-off 7.05pm) – live on BBC 2 Scotland.

Acting Head Coach Duncan Hodge has named an all-international front-row with Scotland’s most-capped forward, Ross Ford, captaining the side from hooker.

He will pack down alongside Allan Dell and Simon Berghan, the latter winning his first national team cap against France in Paris.

Ben Toolis remains at lock, while back-row Cornell Du Preez returns to the black and red after making his international debut against England in the penultimate round of the recent Six Nations campaign.

In the backs, 27-times capped Duncan Weir starts in the number ten shirt, while fellow internationalist Damien Hoyland is named on the wing.

Hooker Stuart McInally and lock Grant Gilchrist are named on the bench following their spell in the Scotland camp.

Hodge said: “We’re delighted to welcome back a number of players after their time in the Scotland camp. We hope they can bring their experience and form into tomorrow night’s clash.

“We’ve trained well this week and, after a short break, are feeling refreshed for our return to PRO12 duties.

“Edinburgh games against Scarlets are always hard-fought and we know they pride themselves on a strong home-record, so there’s no doubt tomorrow’s encounter will be a big challenge.

“However, there’s a good feeling in our camp and we’re looking forward to taking them on in what will certainly be a physical battle.”

Hoyland is joined in the back-three by Blair Kinghorn and Tom Brown, with Chris Dean and Phil Burleigh starting in midfield.

Sam Hidalgo-Clyne is named alongside Weir at half-back.

Toolis will be joined in the second-row by Anton Bresler, who is set to make his first start of the season.

Du Preez will start at number eight with Viliame Mata and Jamie Ritchie on the blindside and openside flank respectively.

Players unavailable due to injury: Magnus Bradbury (knee), Neil Cochrane (calf), Jack Cosgrove (ankle), Alasdair Dickinson (foot), John Hardie (knee), Sean Kennedy (foot), Nasi Manu (shoulder), WP Nel (neck), Rory Sutherland (groin)

Edinburgh Rugby team to play Scarlets
Guinness PRO12, Parc Y Scarlets, Friday 24 March, kick-off 7.05pm – live on BBC 2 Scotland

15. Blair Kinghorn
14. Damien Hoyland
13. Chris Dean
12. Phil Burleigh
11. Tom Brown
10. Duncan Weir
9. Sam Hidalgo-Clyne

1. Allan Dell
2. Ross Ford CAPTAIN
3. Simon Berghan
4. Anton Bresler
5. Ben Toolis
6. Viliame Mata
7. Jamie Ritchie
8. Cornell Du Preez

Replacements

16. Stuart McInally
17. Murray McCallum
18. Kevin Bryce
19. Grant Gilchrist
20. Viliami Fihaki
21. Nathan Fowles
22. Jason Tovey
23. Glenn Bryce