Zebre v Edinburgh: Blair Kinghorn back at 10 for Parma clash

He will team up at half-back with Charlie Shiel, who has retained the No9 jersey ahead of Ben Vellacott

Blair Kinghorn
Blair Kinghorn returns at stand-off against Zebre as Edinburgh aim to build on an encouraging start to the season. Image: © Craig Watson.

BLAIR Kinghorn will make his comeback from injury tomorrow, playing at stand-off for Edinburgh against Zebre Parma in what may well be a dry run for Scotland’s first autumn international against Tonga in eight days’ time. The 24-year-old is one of seven changes from the team that beat the Bulls 17-10 last time out in the United Rugby Championship.

Kinghorn and Glasgow’s Ross Thompson are the two players who appear to be in the running to wear the No 10 jersey for Scotland against the Tongans,  although the fact that Thompson has been named at full-back for the Warriors’ match against Leinster tonight may suggest that the Edinburgh man is the front-runner. Kinghorn comes in for the injured Jaco van der Walt for the match against Zebre, who made life tough for Glasgow last week before eventually losing 17-6.

Centres James Lang and Mark Bennett are also out injured, and their places go to Cammy Hutchison and James Johnstone. In a fourth alteration to the back division, Jack Blain returns on the right wing in place of Darcy Graham, who is being rested.

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Locks Grant Gilchrist and Marshall Sykes are also rested, and their places go to Jamie Hodgson and Pierce Phillips. And in the back-row, Jamie Ritchie is at blindside instead of Magnus Bradbury, and has been named as captain.

“We were delighted with our overall performance against Vodacom Bulls and it was brilliant to see the passion to play for the jersey from 1 to 23,” Edinburgh coach Mike Blair said after naming his team for the game against the league’s bottom team. “That passion and pride to represent Edinburgh Rugby are virtues we’ll once again need this weekend as we go up against a Zebre Parma side who’ll be desperate to win on home soil.

“We’ve picked up a few knocks but a number of guys step up and get their opportunity. We’re really excited to build on Saturday’s home win and look forward to the challenge that awaits us in Parma.”

In addition to Bennett, Lang and Van der Walt,  Ramiro Moyano, George Taylor, Ben Toolis, Hamish Watson and Glen Young are all listed as unavailable due to injury.

Edinburgh (v Zebre Parma at the Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi, Saturday 1pm British time): H Immelman; J Blain, J Johnstone, C Hutchison, D Hoyland; B Kinghorn, C Shiel; P Schoeman, S McInally, L de Bruin, J Hodgson, P Phillips, J Ritchie (captain), L Crosbie, V Mata. Substitutes: D Cherry, B Venter, L Atalifo, M Bradbury, M Kunavula, B Vellacott, C Savala, C Dean.

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  1. I really hope Kinghorn isn’t going to oust Thompson from 10 shirt – Scotland need to invest in a genuine young ten of clear talent instead of trying to squeeze another square peg into a round hole.


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