A FASCINATING battle between two fleet-footed wing wizards is on the cards in tomorrow night’s eagerly anticipated 1872 Cup clash at Murrayfield with Darcy Graham of Edinburgh and Rufus McLean both returning to action after spells out injured.
Graham is one of four internationalists added to the starting XV by Mike Blair for a match which will decide the destination of the 1872 Cup this season, the final URC seedings for the 2021-22 campaign and, most importantly, which Scottish team will qualify for next year’s European Champions Cup. Hamish Watson returns in the back-row after being rested against Wasps a fortnight ago, Dave Cherry has recovered from an arm injury to play hooker and Pierre Schoeman will wear the number one jersey having been a replacement last time out.
Meanwhile, back-row Ben Muncaster and centre James Lang have been passed fit to be named among the replacements, alongside Marshall Sykes who returns after serving a two-week ban.
“Intercity derbies are always special occasions and tomorrow night is massive for this club, our group of players and the supporters who’ve backed us brilliantly throughout the season,” said head coach Blair.
“We’ve talked a lot this week about going out and enjoying the game, but doing so by putting everything into the performance and playing for the jersey for the full 80 minutes. We want to be sharp in our skills, detail and physicality from the get-go.
“Playing at BT Murrayfield is always a special experience and a lot of our younger guys have never played in a Test match atmosphere before, which tomorrow night most certainly will be with so much on the line.
“We’re hoping for a massive crowd at BT Murrayfield and want the city behind us. The more support and noise our fans bring, the more of an occasion it becomes. It’s going to be a proper derby atmosphere.”
Edinburgh (v Glasgow Warriors at Murrayfield Stadium, Saturday 6.30pm): E Boffelli; D Graham, M Bennett, C Dean, D Hoylsnd; B Kinghorn, B Vellacott; P Schoeman, D Cherry, W Nel, J Hodgson, G Gilchrist (captain), L Crosbie, H Watson, M Bradbury. Substitutes: A McBurney C Harrison, L Atalifo, M Sykes, B Muncaster, H Pyrgos, J van der Walt, J Lang.
Unavailable: Luan de Bruin, Nick Haining, Henry Immelman, Viliame Mata, Stuart McInally, Ramiro Moyano, Jamie Ritchie, Ben Toolis, Boan Venter, Angus Williams, Glen Young.