Edinburgh v Stormers: Luan de Bruin and Ramiro Moyano handed debuts for hosts

Mike Blair has spun the selection wheel as capital outfit look to bounce back from last weekend's loss away to Benetton

Luan de Bruin will start at tight-head prop for Edinburgh against the Stormers tomorrow [Saturday] evening. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Luan de Bruin will start at tight-head prop for Edinburgh against the Stormers tomorrow [Saturday] evening. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

MIKE BLAIR has handed Edinburgh debuts to South African tight-had prop Luan de Bruin and Argentine international wing Ramiro Moyano in tomorrow [Saturday] evening’s United Rugby Championship round three clash against the Stormers at the DAM Health Stadium.

The head coach has made seven personnel changes to the team which started in last week’s narrow loss away to Benetton. In the pack, Pierre Schoeman and Dave Cherry also come into an all new front-row, Marshall Sykes is added to the second-row, and Luke Crosbie returns at open-side flanker. Boan Venter, WP Nel and Jamie Hodgson are all benched, while Stuart McInally and Connor Boyle dare rested.

It is slightly more settled behind the scrum, with Cameron Hutchison starting at inside-centre, James Lang shifting to outside centre, and Mark Bennett dropping out the squad, as well as Mayone taking Jack Blain‘s spot on the left wing.


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Also on the bench, hooker Adam McBurney, a summer recruit from Ulster, is named among the replacements and in line to make his competitive debut, while Damien Hoyland returns from a knee injury that kept him out of the opening two rounds of URC action.

“While we were clearly disappointed with last weekend’s result in Treviso, the effort and skills were there, and it’s been great to see that work ethic continue into this week’s training and preparation for facing the Stormers,” said Blair.

“We’ve made a number of changes to the starting line-up. Some through injury, but others because guys have put their hand up for selection through the way they’ve trained and we’re really excited to see those players get their opportunity.

“It’s great for the competition to have a team like Stormers involved. They play an exciting and fast-paced style of rugby while they’ve got a lot of size in their team too. It’s going to be a huge test for our guys this Saturday, but it’s one we look forward to immensely.

​“We really enjoyed playing in front of our fans against Scarlets. Their support made a huge difference and we’re hoping to get a really good crowd at DAM Health Stadium once again this weekend.”

 

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Edinburgh (v DHL Stormers at the DAM Health Stadium, Saturday 5.15pm British time): H Immelman; D Graham, J Lang, C Hutchison, R Moyano; J van der Walt, B Vellacott; P Schoeman, D Cherry, L De Bruin, M Sykes, G Gilchrist (captain), J Ritchie, L Crosbie, V Mata. Substitutes: A McBurney, B Venter, W Nel, J Hodgson, M Bradbury, C Shiel, J Johnstone, D Hoyland.

Stormers: W Gelant; S Peterson, J de Jongh, R Pretorius, E van der Merwe; T Swiel, P de Wet; B Harris, S Ntubeni, N Fouche, E van Rhyn, S Moerat, N Xaba, E Roos. Substitutes: J Kotze, K Blose, S Sandi, J Basson, M Theunissen, G Masimla, M Libbock, D du Plessis.

Listed as injured by Edinburgh: N Haining, B Kinghorn, G Taylor, B Toolis, H Watson, G Young.


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8 Comments

  1. john you get criticised because it isn’t real world.
    Player moves are decided anytime from season start, peaking around January
    The player makes the decision. Hastings was made a very good offer to stay in Scotland, with Glasgow. He decided pastures new were best for him. Why on earth, having rejected an offer to stay a a club which he liked, where he was and would still be a clear first choice, where his game time would be carefully managed and where could play a good style of rugby would he have moved to Edinburgh under a head coach who could not see beyond 3 pick and goes then box kick, every time? He was never ever going to do that.
    Hastings moved to challenge himself in another league, and for money for course. But he was not going to move to a team playing anti rugby under a bully. That was never an option for him to consider. and who can blame him for that

    If you want to criticise the SRU relevant to this, then renewing Cockerill’s contract is where to aim. His initial appointment was justified and initial task accomplished, but he was obviously a dinosaur beyond that and a successor should have been sought if Blair not ready to step up back then.

    Point to ponder about Edinburgh. In the last decade and a half Glasgow have brought through (from academy or age grade) Jackson, Weir, Russell, Hastings and now Thomson. Edinburgh have not brought on a stand off since Phil Godman. Why is that? I could say much the same about scrum half

  2. In my opinion VDW is a 12…… good defence good (not great) kicking game… what the SRU should’ve done was matched Gloucesters £ for Hastings…. (I got criticised for posting such…….but for.me it makes pragmatic sense)

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    • john you get criticised because it isn’t real world.
      Player moves are decided anytime from season start, peaking around January
      The player makes the decision. Hastings was made a very good offer to stay in Scotland, with Glasgow. He decided pastures new were best for him. Why on earth, having rejected an offer to stay a a club which he liked, where he was and would still be a clear first choice, where his game time would be carefully managed and where could play a good style of rugby would he have moved to Edinburgh under a head coach who could not see beyond 3 pick and goes then box kick, every time? He was never ever going to do that.
      Hastings moved to challenge himself in another league, and for money for course. But he was not going to move to a team playing anti rugby under a bully. That was never an option for him to consider. and who can blame him for that

      If you want to criticise the SRU relevant to this, then renewing Cockerill’s contract is where to aim. His initial appointment was justified and initial task accomplished, but he was obviously a dinosaur beyond that and a successor should have been sought if Blair not ready to step up back then.

      Point to ponder about Edinburgh. In the last decade and a half Glasgow have brought through (from academy or age grade) Jackson, Weir, Russell, Hastings and now Thomson. Edinburgh have not brought on a stand off since Phil Godman. Why is that? I could say much the same about scrum half

    • player moves are mainly signed off in Jan. All done and dusted way before Cockerill sacked. Why would Hastings move from a club which he liked, played good rugby style, to one where it was pick and go and box kick from 9?
      Hastings was made a very good offer by the SRU to stay in Glasgow. He decided to move to a new challenge. His decision. On what planet would an offer to go to Edinburgh change that? Need to get your hear around the fact that the player decides, not the SRU

  3. Fr goodness sake, how much longer must we suffer Van der Walt? What a shame Blair Kinghorn is injured, fore he looks more the part at both 10 and 15. Interesting experiment with Lang at outside centre, presumably covering at 10 if necessary. It will be great to see two new guys get a spin so we can find out what the money has bought.

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  4. I’m guessing Lang can play at outhalf if required to do so. None of the subs on the bench would appear to be able to do so.

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