Saracens v Edinburgh: Blair Kinghorn and Jamie Ritchie ruled out of Challenge Cup clash

Charlie Savala has been selected at stand-off for campaign opener

Blair Kinghorn
Blair Kinghorn will miss Edinburgh's trip to Saracens. Image: © Craig Watson.

CHARLIE Savala has been named at stand-off for Edinburgh’s Challenge Cup against Saracens tomorrow after Blair Kinghorn was ruled out. Jaco van der Walt has been named on the bench after completing his recovery from injury, but a number of other names are on the injury list besides Kinghorn, who has yet to complete his return-to-play protocols after his head injury in last week’s win over Benetton.

Besides Bill Mata and Damien Hoyland, both of whom have knee injuries that will keep them out of action for some months, Darcy Graham and Jamie Ritchie are among those who would have been in contention for a place in the squad but for injury. Ramiro Moyano and Jack Blain come on to the wings in place of Hoyland and Graham, while Luke Crosbie and Nick Haining replace Mata and Ritchie in the back row.  

“This is a real challenge for the club,” head coach Mike Blair said. “Saracens are one of the best teams in Europe and it will give us a really good measure of where we’re at.

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“Saturday’s match gives us an opportunity to test ourselves against some world-class individuals. We’ve been really pleased with some of things we’ve been able to achieve in the URC so far, but this week has a different feel to it and we’re just looking forward to the challenge.

“We talked at the start of the season about the history of the club in both European competitions. We reached the Final of the Challenge Cup in 2015 and our guys love the variety of facing different opposition.” 

Unavailable due to injury: Luan de Bruin, Darcy Graham, Damien Hoyland, Henry Immelman, Blair Kinghorn, Mesulame Kunavula, Viliame Mata, Pierce Phillips, Jamie Ritchie, George Taylor, Ben Toolis, Glen Young.

Edinburgh (v Saracens at the Stonex Stadium, Saturday 3.15pm): E Boffelli; J Blain, M Bennett, J Lang, R Moyano; C Savala, B Vellacott; P Schoeman, S McInally, W Nel, M Sykes, G Gilchrist (captain), L Crosbie, H Watson, N Haining. Substitutes: D Cherry, B Venter, L Atalifo, J Hodgson, M Bradbury, H Pyrgos, J van der Walt, C Hutchison.

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  1. Really disappointing that this match isn’t being shown on any channel or even just online streamed. Saracens v Edinburgh isn’t exactly a small thing afterall…

  2. Big chance for Calum Hunter-Hill and Andy Christie to put themselves on the national radar, directly up against Scottish opponents in Sykes and Crosbie. Added spice, if it is needed, for CHH since Edinburgh allowed him to leave. Has he improved since then? Can Christie do enough to persuade GT to consider him for full Scotland honours?

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