FULL-BACK Emiliano Boffelli and hooker Adam McBurney will both make their Edinburgh debuts tomorrow as Mike Blair’s squad resume their URC campaign with a visit to the Dragons. Watsonians loosehead prop Harrison Courtney could make his first professional appearance off the bench, while Jamie Ritchie, Hamish Watson, Pierre Schoeman and Darcy Graham are all rested after their international efforts over the past four weekends.
Boffelli will play in a back three alongside another Argentinian international, Ramiro Moyano, who made his debut last month. Ben Vellacott captains the team from scrum-half, and his deputies will be stand-off Blair Kinghorn and back-row forward Luke Crosbie.
“I spoke to the players this week to reiterate how important this block of games is,” Blair said. “We’ve got Dragons first up, which is always a challenging fixture at Rodney Parade.
“I’m expecting a really good performance. The guys that have been here for the last four-week block have worked really hard on their skills and what’s important to our overall game. While the guys that have come back from international camps have brought energy and their own learnings – so they should gel really well.”
Nine players are listed as unavailable due to injury: Mark Bennett, Luan de Bruin, Henry Immelman, Mesu Kunavula, Pierce Phillips, George Taylor, Ben Toolis, Jaco van der Walt and Glen Young.
Edinburgh (v Dragons at Rodney Parade, Saturday 5.15pm): E Boffelli; D Hoyland, M Currie, J Lang, R Moyano; B Kinghorn, B Vellacott ©; B Venter, A McBurney, W Nel, M Sykes, J Hodgson, N Haining, L Crosbie, M Bradbury. Substitutes: D Cherry, H Courtney, A Williams, C Boyle, B Muncaster, H Pyrgos, C Savala, C Hutchison.