URC: Stormers v Edinburgh: Jake Henry handed debut

Head coach Sean Everitt makes four changes for Cape Town clash

Jake Henry, in action here for Southern Knights, will make his Edinburgh debut against Stormers tomorrow afternoon. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Jake Henry, seen here playing for the Southern Knights, made his Edinburgh debut last week. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

WINGER Jake Henry will make his professional debut for Edinburgh on the in tomorrow afternoon’s URC clash against the Stormers in Cape Town.

The 23-year-old, who started his rugby journey with Highland in Inverness, has previously represented Scotland at under-20s and 7s levels, and played for Southern Knights and Heriot’s in Super6/Series. He previously spent a spell playing and training at Stellenbosch University in South Africa on the Macphail Scholarship back in 2019. However, his progress in recent seasons has been slowed by injury.

Henry’s selection is one of four changes head coach Sean Everitt has made to the starting XV after a narrow home win over the Ospreys last time out three weeks ago. Wes Goosen is named on the opposite wing with Chris Dean and the inured Harry Paterson dropping out, Jamie Hodgson replaces the also injured Glen Young in the second-row, and Ben Muncaster swaps in for the benched Tom Dodd at blindside flanker.


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“It’s brilliant to welcome back experienced, quality players like Sam Skinner and Ben Healy who are both real leaders for us on the park,” said Everitt. That pair played last time but have been away on Six Nations duty with Scotland since then.

“We’re also very excited to see Jake make his professional debut for the club. He has worked extremely hard to get back from injury and he really does deserve this opportunity.

“The boys have worked tirelessly since arriving in Cape Town at the start of the week and we’re raring to go for what is always a massive challenge at DHL Stadium.

“We’re also delighted to see WP hit 200 appearances for the club,” the coach added. “He’s an Edinburgh legend and it’ll be an extremely proud moment for him and his family when he takes to the pitch at DHL Stadium tomorrow evening.

“This team doesn’t need any added motivation, but I’ve got no doubt they’ll be playing with a bit of extra fire to make it a special day for WP.”

 

Edinburgh (v DHL Stormers at DHL Stadium Stadium, Saturday @ 3.05pm): E Boffelli; W Goosen, M Bennett, M Currie, J Henry; B Healy, B Vellacott ©; B Venter, D Cherry, W Nel, J Hodgson, S Skinner, B Muncaster, H Watson, V Mata. Replacements: P Harrison, L de Bruin, J Sebastian, M Sykes, T Dodd, C Shiel, C Scott, C Dean.

Unavailable: Luke Crosbie (shoulder), Darcy Graham (groin), Robin Hislop (knee), Harry Paterson (foot), Nathan Sweeney (groin), Glen Young (ankle).


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