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Heineken Cup Teams for the Weekend

In amongst all this horrific weather – now forever immortalised as Hurricane Bawbag – the brave souls at Edinburgh rugby have taken flight to Cardiff for the first of their back-to-back fixtures.

Here are the teams:

Cardiff Blues: Leigh Halfpenny; Alex Cuthbert, Casey Laulala, Jamie Roberts, Chris Czekaj; Dan Parks, Lloyd Williams; Gethin Jenkins, Rhys Thomas, Tau Filise, Bradley Davies, Paul Tito, Michael Paterson, Sam Warburton, Xavier Rush.
Ryan Tyrrell, John Yapp, Scott Andrews, Maama Molitika, Josh Navidi, Richie Rees, Ceri Sweeney, Gavin Evans.

Edinburgh: Chris Paterson; Lee Jones, Nick De Luca, James King, Tim Visser; Harry Leonard, Greig Laidlaw; Allan Jacobsen, Ross Ford, Geoff Cross, Sean Cox, Esteban Lozada, David Denton, Roddy Grant, Stuart McInally.
Steve Lawrie, Kyle Traynor, Jack Gilding, Steve Turnbull, Ross Rennie, Mike Blair, John Houston, Tom Brown.

Referee: Wayne Barnes (RFU)

Good strong team from Edinburgh but the weather may affect this one (unless they can convince them to shut the roof on the Millenium and hold it there) and Edinburgh have not played much that could be described as “up the jumper” rugby so far this season, preferring instead to throw it wide and quick. Keep an eye out for the usual match reports and another ticket giveaway early next week for the return fixture at Murrayfield next weekend.

Glasgow have also named a pretty strong team for their home game with Montpellier and thrown new signing Rory Lamont straight in at the deep end – at the expense of other new signing David Lemi. No sign either of forwards struggling for form Moray Low and Johnnie Beattie; neither is on the injury list.

Glasgow: Stuart Hogg, Federico Aramburu, Peter Murchie, Graeme Morrison, Rory Lamont, Duncan Weir, Chris Cusiter, Jon Welsh, Pat MacArthur, Mike Cusack, Richie Gray, Al Kellock (captain), Rob Harley, John Barclay, Ryan Wilson
Replacements: Dougie Hall, Ryan Grant, Ed Kalman, Tom Ryder, Chris Fusaro, Henry Pyrgos, Troy Nathan, Ruaridh Jackson

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1 Response

  1. The Glasgow team looks pretty strong, tbh I don’t really think we’ll miss Lemi, maybe that’s a bit harsh, but I just don’t think he’s been playing brilliantly. Feel a bit for Tommy Seymour, he hasn’t really had much game time over the last few weeks. Good to see Rory Lamont getting a start, interesting that he’s being played at wing, but I’m glad Sean Lineen has let Stuart Hogg keep the 15 shirt for this game.
    I thought Johnnie Beattie would have been playing even if he was coming off the bench and I think he will probably feel a bit hard done by, having said that, I’m not sure who I would take out to allow him to play.
    I’m glad Sean Lineen chose to start Duncan Weir ahead of Ruaridh Jackson instead of last season when it seemed like Jackson always started no matter how poor he was. Hopefully he won’t bring Jackson on for the last 10 minutes just for the sake of it- I don’t see the point of subbing players when they’re playing well.
    It is a strong team & Montpellier are missing key players so we could be in with a chance but it will be a hard game.

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