Six Edinburgh players named in PRO14 Dream Team

Players have been recognised for their form during the league section of the season, but Dream Team selection will provide little consolation for semi-final flop

Blair Kinghorn and Grant Gilchrist have both been named in the PRO14 Dream Team. Image: © Craig Watson -
Blair Kinghorn and Grant Gilchrist have both been named in the PRO14 Dream Team. Image: © Craig Watson -

IT will provide scant consolation to Richard Cockerill in the aftermath of his team’s 20-minute implosion at the end of last weekend’s play-off semi-final clash against Ulster at Murrayfield, but the progress made by Edinburgh over the course of the full season has been recognised by the selection of six players – more than any other club – in the PRO14’s 2019-20 Dream Team.

Leinster, who were runaway winners of Conference A, and who will start as favourites in this coming weekend’s Grand Final, have three players selected; while opponents Ulster have two players in the side. Glasgow Warriors are not represented.

Media from across all five countries, including former players and coaches, voted for the XV, with players only eligible for selection if they played in eight of more games during the campaign.

Guinness PRO14 Dream Team 2019-20:

15. Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh Rugby)  


14. Monty Ioane (Benetton Rugby)  

13. Rey Lee-Lo (Cardiff Blues)  

12. Stuart McCloskey (Ulster)

11. Duhan van der Merwe (Edinburgh)  


10. Jaco van der Walt (Edinburgh)  

9. John Cooney (Ulster)  


1. Pierre Schoeman (Edinburgh)  

2. Joseph Dweba (Toyota Cheetahs)  

3. Leon Brown (Dragons)  

4. Scott Fardy (Leinster)  

5. Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh)  

6. Max Deegan (Leinster)  

7. Will Connors (Leinster)  

8. Bill Mata (Edinburgh)  

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  1. Edinburgh’s failure to close out in their Pro14 semi might well affect individual Lions chances. Warren Gatland at the last Lions Tour said that he did not favour Scots because they did not know how to win away. A similar situation applies now.

    Admittedly Toonie’s possible selection for the coaching team might help to ameliorate.

    • I think the 11 test matches scheduled before Lions selection will be much more influential. I doubt Gatland will have noted this game was even being played, let alone watched it.

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