EDINBURGH have thrown Alasdair Dickinson, Ross Ford and WP Nel straight back into their starting fifteen for Sunday’s clash against the Dragons at Rodney Parade. The Scotland stalwarts have been asked to front up again in a crucial league match, just a week after the end of a gruelling Six Nations campaign in which they started every game.

Hooker Stuart McInally and loose-head prop Rory Sutherland also return, on the bench.

Edinburgh Rugby v Dragons

Sunday 27 March, Rodney Parade, kick-off 2.30pm

15. Blair Kinghorn

14. Damien Hoyland

13. Michael Allen

12. Sam Beard

11. Tom Beard

10 Phil Burleigh

9. Sam Hidalgo-Clyne

  1. Alasdair Dickinson

2. Ross Ford (captain)

3. WP Nel

4. Anton Bresler

5. Ben Toolis

6. Jamie Ritchie

7. Hamich Watson

8. Cornell Du Preez

Replacements –

16. Stuart McInally

17. Rory Sutherland

18. John Andress

19. Alex Toolis

20. Magnus Bradbury

21. Sean Kennedy

22. Chris Dean

23. Dougie Fife

Players not considered due to injury: Mike Coman (calf), Jack Cuthbert (knee), Grant Gilchrist (arm), John Hardie (neck/groin), Nasi Manu (neck), Fraser McKenzie (neck), Matt Scott (arm), Andries Strauss (knee/ankle), Jade Te Rure (knee).

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David has worked as a freelance rugby journalist since 2004 covering every level of the game in Scotland for publications including The Herald/Sunday Herald, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Scotsman/Scotland on Sunday/Evening News, The Daily Record, The Daily Mail/Mail on Sunday and The Sun.