THE return of winger Darcy Graham is one of seven changes to the Edinburgh team which started in the Challenge Cup win over Saracens a fortnight ago ahead of tomorrow [Monday] evening’s 1872 Cup first leg match against Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun.
Cameron Hutchison comes in for the unavailable James Lang at inside centre, while Jaco van der Walt partners captain Henry Pyrgos at half-back.
In the pack, experienced duo WP Nel and Grant Gilchrist are unavailable, so are replaced by Lee-Roy Atalifo and Jamie Hodgson at tight-head-prop and in the second-row respectively. While Magnus Bradbury takes over Nick Haining (also unavailable) at No 8.
With Jamie Ricthie, Ben Muncaster, Conor Boyle, Mesulame Kunavula and Viliame Mata (long-term injured) all listed as unavailable, head coach Mike Blair has named two second-rows in Pierce Phillips and Glen Young (set to make is debut) and no back-rows on his bench.
“These games always have something about them,” said Blair. “There is always something to play for, there’s always a story leading into them and we’ve talked about that this week as a group in terms of the history and importance of the derby fixtures.
“They are always emotional games. You are representing the club and the city, while you are pulling on the jersey in a hugely historic fixture. You are also playing for the supporters as well – giving them bragging rights over their rivals.
“We’ve been pleased with the direction that we’ve been heading in, we’ve had some good results, but we also know that we’ve got to be at our very best when we play against anyone in this competition – and the stakes are higher when it is derby game against a team who are in our URC Conference. So, there’s plenty on it – and there always in these games.”
Edinburgh (v Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun Stadium, Monday 7pm): E Boffelli; D Graham, M Bennett (VC), C Hutchison, R Moyano; J van der Walt, H Pyrgos (C); P Schoeman, S McInally (VC) L-R Atalifo, M Sykes J Hodgson, L Crosbie, H Watson, M Bradbury. Substitutes: D Cherry, H Courtney, A Williams, J P Phillips, G Young, B Vellacott, C Savala, C Dean.
Unavailable: Connor Boyle, Grant Gilchrist, Sam Grahamslaw, Nick Haining, Damien Hoyland, Henry Immelman, James Johnstone, Blair Kinghorn, Mesulame Kunavula, James Lang, Viliame Mata, Ben Muncaster, WP Nel, Jamie Ritchie, George Taylor, Ben Toolis, Boan Venter