Glasgow v Edinburgh: McInally and Ritchie missing for rescheduled 1872 Cup clash

Dave Cherry and Magnus Bradbury start, while Ben Toolis returns in the second-row

Magnus Bradbury replaces Jame Ritchie at blindside flanker. Image: ©Craig Watson
Magnus Bradbury is leaving Edinburgh in the summer to join Bristol Bears. Image: ©Craig Watson

EDINBURGH will be without club co-captain Stuart McInally (neck strain) and recently re-signed international flanker Jamie Ritchie (head) for this weekend’s third attempt at getting the Scotstoun leg of the 1872 Cup ‘festive’ double-header played.

Dave Cherry comes in at hooker and Magnus Bradbury joins the back-row, while Mike Willemse and Luke Crosbie are added to the bench.

Ben Toolis returns in the second-row in place of Jamie Hodgson, who drops to the bench, in the third change to the pack which was named for last week’s postponed match against the same opposition. The backline is unchanged, although wingers Jack Blain and Eroni Sau have swapped numbers.

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Second-row Grant Gilchrist, making his first appearance since groin surgery three months ago will co-captain the side alongside scrum-half Nic Groom.

“It was frustrating for everyone involved not to have the gamed played last weekend, but the safety of the players was paramount, and the right decision was made,” said Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill.

“Our last match remains the 10-7 win over Glasgow at home last month and we’ve had another week to prepare and work on elements we’re looking to improve, as have the Warriors.


“It’s disappointing to lose a couple of players since we last named the team but it’ll be good to see Gilcho [Grant Gilchrist] and Ben [Toolis] make their comeback as both players will bring a lot of experience and quality.

“As I said last time round, these derby matches mean a lot to us. That message and our motivation hasn’t changed, and we’ll be going out there to find a way to win for league points and our supporters.”

Edinburgh (v Glasgow at Scotstoun, Saturday @ 5.15pm): B Kinghorn; J Blain, M Bennett, C Dean, E Sau; J van der Walt, N Groom; R Sutherland, D Cherry, S Berghan, B Toolis, G Gilchrist, M Bradbury, H Watson, V Mata. Substitutes: M Willemse, P Schoeman, W Nel, J Hodgson, L Crosbie, H Pyrgos, N Chamberlain, J Johnstone.

Unavailable through injury: Lewis Carmichael, Andrew Davidson, Dan Gamble, Darcy Graham, Damien Hoyland, Murray McCallum, Stuart McInally, Fraser McKenzie, Dan Nutton, Jamie Ritchie, Charlie Savala, George Taylor, Duhan van der Merwe.

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