Edinburgh team to play Benetton Rugby

Damien Hoyland will make his 50th appearance against Benetton Rugby tomorrow night.

Head coach Richard Cockerill has named his Edinburgh side for the Guinness PRO14 clash against Benetton Rugby at Myreside tomorrow night (Friday 15 September, kick-off 7.35pm).

As Edinburgh look to maintain their perfect start to the new-look Guinness PRO14, Cockerill’s selection sees six changes to the starting XV that beat Dragons last weekend.

Sam Hidalgo-Clyne is the only alteration in an otherwise unchanged backline. The 24-year-old scrum-half is replaced by Nathan Fowles, who has featured off the bench in the first two games of the season so far.

At hooker, Ross Ford replaces the injured Stuart McInally and will make his 178th appearance in the black and red. He will pack-down alongside Michele Rizzo and Simon Berghan – who rotates in for Scottish international WP Nel.

Anton Bresler is the only change to the second-row as he replaces Grant Gilchrist. The back-row sees two changes as John Hardie and Cornell du Preez come in for Hamish Watson and last weekend’s man-of-the-match, Jamie Ritchie.

On his selection, Cockerill said: “We know that Benetton are going to be a tough side to break down. We need to make sure that we are accurate and physical, and that we treat them with the respect they are due.

“It’s an important game for us - the guys that have come into the side are really good players and it’s great that we are able to use the depth of our squad. We hope the guys who have come in can create competition for places.

“It’s another important game for us that we’re desperate to win. We had great support from those that came to watch us against Dragons last weekend and hopefully it will be the same again tomorrow night at Myreside.”

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Edinburgh team to play Benetton Rugby at Myreside in the Guinness PRO14 on Friday 15 September (kick-off 7.35pm)

15 Blair Kinghorn (44)

14 Damien Hoyland (49)
13 Chris Dean (44)
12 Robbie Fruean (1)
11 Jason Harries (2)

10 Duncan Weir (23)
9 Nathan Fowles (34)

1 Michele Rizzo (2)
2 Ross Ford (177)
3 Simon Berghan (33)
4 Anton Bresler (56)
5 Ben Toolis (71)
6 Magnus Bradbury (33) CAPTAIN
7 John Hardie (21)
8 Cornell du Preez (83)

Replacements:
16 Neil Cochrane (54)
17 Darryl Marfo (2)
18 WP Nel (105)
19 Fraser McKenzie (81)
20 Hamish Watson (73)
21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (84)
22 Jason Tovey (25)
23 Junior Rasolea (15)

Edinburgh Rugby appearances in brackets