Celtic Challenge: Edinburgh make six changes for campaign finale against Clovers

Scotland and Team GB sevens star Rhona Lloyd to make first start for capital outfit

Head coach Claire Cruikshank has named her team for Edinburgh's final Celtic Challenge outing against Irish Clovers on Sunday. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Head coach Claire Cruikshank has named her team for Edinburgh's final Celtic Challenge outing against Irish Clovers on Sunday. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

SCOTLAND and Team GB sevens star Rhona Lloyd has stepped up from the bench to Edinburgh’s starting XV as one of six changes made by head coach Claire Cruikshank ahead of the capital outfit’s final Celtic Challenge game of the season against Irish Clovers at Parc y Scarlets on Sunday (12.30pm kick-off).

Edinburgh know they will finish second in the table regardless of this weekend’s result against the third placed team in the table, but Cruikshank stressed that her players are determined to sign-off on a positive note regardless of the match being a dead-rubber.

“We’d have obviously preferred to be coming into this game playing for the title, however we’re still incredibly proud of the progress this team has made,” she said. “It should be another tough match against the Clovers, and we’re excited to try and end the tournament on a high.”


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18-year-old Nicole Flynn – a recent call-up to Scotland’s Six Nations training squad – shifts from wing to outside centre, with Emma Orr unavailable due to injury, while Leia Brebner-Holden – also a Scotland call-up – comes in at scrum-half with Jenny Maxwell not involved this week.

Meanwhile in the pack, Poppy Fletcher, Aila Ronald and Molly Poolman form a new look front-row, while Natasha Logan comes back in to the second-row to reprise her engine-room partnership with Adelle Ferrie.

There are two potential debutants on the bench in the shape of loose-head prop Alison Wilson and second-row Lucy Kidd.

 

Edinburgh (versus Irish Clovers at Parc y Scarlets in the Celtic Challenge on Sunday at 12.30pm): N Marlow; R Lloyd, N Flynn, B McNamara, C Bell; S Denholm ©, L Brebner-Holden; P Fletcher, A Ronald, M Poolman, A Ferrie, N Logan, M Gunderson, A Stewart, F Walker. Substitutes: N Haynes, A Wilson, K Lindsay, L Kidd, S Taganekurukuru, Z Turner, H Ramsay, H Walker.


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