Team news for Friday's Guinness PRO14 match
Edinburgh and Glasgow Warriors go head-to-head for the second time in six days at BT Murrayfield on Friday evening.
The game will be Scotland’s first ‘pilot’ event, with a limited number of spectators attending for the first time since the COVID-19 lockdown – the first professional rugby fixture in the UK to host a crowd.
There are 25 Scotland internationals included amongst both squads.
Edinburgh Head Coach Richard Cockerill rotates his squad following last week’s 15-30 win over the Warriors that saw Edinburgh secure a home Guinness PRO14 Semi-Final and lift the 1872 Cup for the third straight season.
Scotland internationals Darcy Graham and Magnus Bradbury both start after returning from injury, while Simon Berghan and Nick Haining get the nod in the forward pack after featuring from the bench last weekend. Scotland U20 fly-half, Nathan Chamberlain makes his first start for the club and is partnered at half-back by scrum-half Charlie Shiel – a try-scorer in last Saturday’s derby win.
Loosehead prop Pierre Schoeman and hooker Mike Willemse both come into the front-row, while lock Jamie Hodgson replaces the injured Grant Gilchrist in the second-row. The final alteration to the starting line-up sees James Johnstone selected in midfield, with the outside centre making his 50th appearance for the club.
Fraser Brown will become the latest player to join the Glasgow Warriors’ Centurions Club, with the hooker in line to make his 100th appearance for the Warriors against his former side.
The club co-captain is named in a starting XV showing three changes from last weekend’s meeting with the capital side.
Brown is once again flanked by Oli Kebble and Zander Fagerson in the front-row, while Richie Gray and Scott Cummings continue together in the second-row.
The only change to the pack sees Tom Gordon promoted from the bench to start at openside, a move that sees Matt Fagerson shift across to number eight and Ryan Wilson named on the blindside.
Behind the scrum, George Horne is handed the number nine jersey after coming off the bench last Saturday, with Adam Hastings continuing at fly-half. Nick Grigg retains his spot at outside centre, whilst Stafford McDowall comes into the side to start in the number 12 shirt. The back-three remains unchanged, as Ratu Tagive and Tommy Seymour start on either side of full-back Huw Jones.
Important Match Day Information
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