Stuart McInally and Hamish Watson return for Munster v Edinburgh clash

International duo add serious firepower to Richard Cockerill's pack ahead of tricky trip to take on Conference B leaders in Cork

Hamish Watson and Stuart McInally will line up together for Edinburgh versus Munster tomorrow night. Image: Fotosport/David Gibson
Hamish Watson and Stuart McInally will line up together for Edinburgh versus Munster tomorrow night. Image: Fotosport/David Gibson

SCOTLAND stars Stuart McInally and Hamish Watson will make their first Edinburgh appearances of the season against Munster in Cork tomorrow [Friday] night.

McInally, who is club and international captain, has been rested since the end of the recent World Cup, while Watson has been recovering from a knee injury sustained during Scotland’s first match in Japan against Ireland.

The returning duo are the only additions to the capital side as head coach Richard Cockerill names an otherwise unchanged starting XV for the match against the Conference B leaders.


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“It’s great to have Hamish and Stuart back representing Edinburgh Rugby,” said Cockerill. “They are both special players who are match winners in their own right. It’s a big boost for the club to have them once again available for selection.

“We are looking for a reaction after dropping points at home against Bordeaux last weekend, and the squad will be hungry to put in a quality performance against a very tough opposition in Munster.

“We are certainly under no illusions. Munster are the Conference B leaders who have a great home record. However, we’ve selected a very experienced side that travels to Cork with plenty of confidence.”

Edinburgh (v Munster at Irish Independent Park in Cork, Friday 7.35pm): Blair Kinghorn; Eroni Sau, Mark Bennett, Matt Scott, Duhan van der Merwe; Jaco van der Walt, Henry Pyrgos ©; Pierre Schoeman, Stuart McInally, Pietro Ceccarelli, Ben Toolis, Grant Gilchrist, Magnus Bradbury, Hamish Watson, Bill Mata. Subs: Michael Willemse, Rory Sutherland,  Simon Berghan, Lewis Carmichael, Ally Miller, Charlie Shiel, Simon Hickey,George Taylor.

Munster: Shane Daly; Calvin Nash, Sammy Arnold, Dan Goggin, Alex Wootton; Ben Healy, Nick McCarthy; Liam O’Connor, Rhys Marshall, Stephen Archer, Fineen Wycherley, Darren O’Shea, Jack O’Donoghue©, Tommy O’Donnell, Arno Botha. Subs: Kevin O’Byrne, James Cronin, Keynan Knox, Jed Holloway, Conor Oliver, Neil Cronin, JJ Hanrahan, Rory Scannell.

Referee: Marius Mitrea (FIR)

  • Unavailable Edinburgh players: David Cherry, Ruan Steenkamp, Jack Stanley, John Barclay, Rory Darge, Damien Hoyland, Nic Groom, Jamie Ritchie, WP Nel, Fraser McKenzie, Chris Dean, Luke Crosbie

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