Three changes for Munster as Bresler hits 50

Anton Bresler in action for Edinburgh Rugby
Matt Scott returns at centre
Ross Ford captains team
Anton Bresler to make 50th appearance

Edinburgh Rugby travel to Cork today with three changes to the starting XV who secured a losing bonus point on their last outing, to the RDS, in the penultimate Guinness PRO12 match against Munster (Friday 29 April, kick-off 7.35pm).
Fullback Blair Kinghorn retains his spot, the teenager’s 16th appearance for the club in his debut season, while Damien Hoyland and Tom Brown continue their partnership on the wings.

A change at centre sees Matt Scott return at outside centre with Andries Strauss at inside, following injury to Phil Burleigh last time out. On-loan Jason Tovey remains at stand-off with Sean Kennedy moving from the bench to start in the number nine jersey.

The pack, meanwhile is unchanged, the Scotland front row of Alasdair Dickinson, Ross Ford and WP Nel bookended by the back row of Jamie Ritchie on the blindside, John Hardie at openside and Cornell Du Preez at no 8.
The lock combination of Anton Bresler and Ben Toolis is retained, with the former set to make his 50th appearance in the black and red.

The 6ft 6in Namibian-born second row arrived at the club at the start of 2014/15 making 26 appearances – 23 starts – last season and 23 to date, just one off the bench, this term.

Bresler said: “It’s a huge honour to be named in this side to earn my fiftieth cap for Edinburgh.
“Since the day I arrived, the club have really welcomed me and I love the family environment we’ve created. I’m really enjoying my time here.
“We have a really challenging game tomorrow. We know how tough the Irish provinces are at home – we were reminded of that last time out against Leinster – but we’ll be going all out to ensure we stay in the top six going into our last game.
“With the final match of the season at home, it would be fantastic to have a great home crowd at BT Murrayfield cheering us on to reach the upper level of European competition next season.”

Edinburgh currently sit in sixth place in the Guinness PRO12 and must retain that position to achieve the aim of moving into the European Champions Cup mix for 2016/17.  Last season the club beat Munster in the opening away fixture, at Thomond Park, however were edged at BT Murrayfield, 14-16, the last time the sides met.

Players not considered due to injury: Michael Allen (shoulder),Phil Burleigh (leg),Mike Coman (calf), Jack Cuthbert (knee), Grant Gilchrist (arm), Nasi Manu (neck), Fraser McKenzie (neck), Jade Te Rure (knee).

Edinburgh Rugby v Munster, Irish Independent Park, k/o 7.35pm (live streaming on BBC Sport Scotland)
15            KINGHORN Blair
14            HOYLAND Damien
13            SCOTT Matt
12            STRAUSS Andries
11            BROWN Tom
10            TOVEY Jason
9              KENNEDY Sean
 
1              DICKINSON Alasdair
2              FORD Ross (C)
3              NEL WP
4              BRESLER Anton
5              TOOLIS Ben
6              RITCHIE Jamie
7              HARDIE John
8              DU PREEZ Cornell
 
16            MCINALLY Stuart
17            SUTHERLAND Rory
18            ANDRESS John
19            TOOLIS Alex
20            BRADBURY Magnus
21            HIDALGO-CLYNE Sam
22            DEAN Chris
23            FIFE Dougie

Written by
Isobel Irvine