EMILIANO BOFFELLI will make his first Edinburgh start since recovering from the toe injury he suffered during Argentina’s World Cup 3rd/4th place play-off defeat to England last October in tomorrow evening’s European Challenge Cup pool match against Gloucester. He has been named at full-back with Wes Goosen moving to the wing in place of the rested Duhan van der Merwe.
That is the only change to the backline which started in the victory over Glasgow Warriors a fortnight ago, while hooker Dave Cherry, second-row Sam Skinner flanker Hamish Watson are all added to the pack for Edinburgh’s first encounter with Gloucester since facing the Cherry and Whites in the 2015 Challenge Cup Final.
Scotland captain Jamie Ritchie is unavailable after picking up an injury to his jaw in that win over Glasgow Warriors.
“We’re really excited to get back to action after last month’s derby win and even more so with the news that Hive Stadium will be sold-out tomorrow night. It’s amazing to have that kind of backing from the Edinburgh supporters,” said ‘senior’ coach Sean Everitt.
“We’ve made four changes for tomorrow night’s match – some through injury and others through rotation – and as always, we’re excited to see guys get their opportunity. Sam [Skinner] has been made to wait for his chance through injury and he will be champing at the bit to get back in the mix.
“Gloucester have been impressive in this tournament so far and will be looking to build on a good performance against Bath last weekend. We know we’ll have to be both physically and mentally ready for the challenge come kick-off.”
Gloucester are currently undefeated at the top of Pool Three in the Challenge Cup while Edinburgh are fifth after losing 31-18 away to Clermont and winning 34-21 at home to Castres.
Edinburgh Rugby (versus Gloucester at Hive Stadium in the Challenge Cup on Saturday at 5.30pm): E Boffelli; D Graham, M Bennett, M Currie, W Goosen; B Healy, A Price; P Schoeman, D Cherry, W Nel, S Skinner, G Gilchrist ©, G Young, H Watson, V Mata. Substitutes: E Ashman, R Hislop, A Williams, M Sykes, RT Dodd, B Vellacott, J Lang, H Paterson,.
Unavailable: Connor Boyle (neck), Luan de Bruin (back), Luke Crosbie (neck), Jamie Hodgson (ankle), Ben Muncaster (foot), Jamie Ritchie (jaw), Javan Sebastian (knee), Scott Steele (hip), Nathan Sweeney (hamstring), Duhan van der Merwe (rested).