Seven changes for Ospreys encounter

Edinburgh Rugby take on the current GUINNESS PRO12 table-toppers Ospreys at Liberty Stadium on Sunday (21 September, kick-off 4pm) with seven changes to the starting XV who took on Connacht at BT Murrayfield last weekend.

Nick McLennan moves from left to right wing with Tim Visser returning to take the number 11 shirt and Sam Hidalgo-Clyne coming into the starting line-up at scrum half from the bench.
 
In the forwards, James Hilterbrand and W P Nel graduate from the bench to hooker and tighthead respectively with Anton Bresler at lock and Mike Coman – who will captain the side – at flanker also moving into the XV.

Meanwhile hooker Neil Cochrane comes on to the bench, on the back of solid performances for Boroughmuir and Heriot's in the BT Premiership over the last few weeks.
 
Edinburgh last defeated Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium in April 2009 though won their most recent away fixture, the season opener against Munster at Thomond Park earlier this month.  At home last season, Edinburgh posted a good (31-25) win against a powerful Ospreys outfit at Meggetland.
 
Head coach Alan Solomons said: "Playing the league leaders away from home is a huge challenge. The Ospreys are pretty much at full strength, with Alun Wyn Jones at the helm and Justin Tipuric returning from injury.
 
"It will be a real test for us but at the same time a great opportunity for the players selected.”
 
The match will be screened live on S4C with highlights duly available on Sky Sports online.
 
Edinburgh Rugby team v Ospreys, Liberty Stadium, Sunday 21 September, kick-off 4pm
 

15. Jack CUTHBERT
14. Nick McLENNAN
13.  Phil BURLEIGH
12.  Andries STRAUSS
11. Tim VISSER
10. Tom HEATHCOTE
9. Sam HIDALGO-CLYNE

 

1. Alasdair DICKINSON
2. James HILTERBRAND
3. W P NEL
4. Fraser McKENZIE
5. Anton BRESLER
6. Mike COMAN (captain)
7. Hamish WATSON
8.Cornell DU PREEZ

 
Substitutes
16. Neil COCHRANE
17. Rory SUTHERLAND
18. John ANDRESS
19. Ollie ATKINS
20. Tomas LEONARDI
21. Grayson HART
22. Sam BEARD
23. Greig TONKS
 
Referee: Dudley Phillips (IRFU)
Assistant referees: Simon Rees, Chris Williams (both WRU)
TMO: Derek Bevan (WRU)