Well, technically pre-season.
As you would expect for a “friendly” warm-up there’s a pretty mammoth bench, and plenty of new faces getting a run out for the friendly with Newcastle – there are 5 new starters. Usually I’d take the positional numbers out but this will make sure you know where the new guys are playing.
The pack looks pretty handy, and may already be taking some sort of shape for the league campaign. If Titterrell is up to it we might see Ross Ford a lot less than we did last year, despite the national captain having several stand-out matches.
The back division looks pretty experimental with utility backs all over the place but a chance for Harry Leonard to show what he learnt at the Junior World Championships in South Africa.
On the notable absentees list would be most of the internationals, and although Geoff Cross has returned to duty (along with Fijian captain Talei) I would think that WP Nel will get a fair run. Chunk and Lee Jones have recovered from the injuries that kept them off tour, but no sign of David Denton yet.
Edinburgh might line up against old team-mate Ally Hogg but won’t face Euan Murray, who is off to Agen on a 3 month loan deal.
Edinburgh Team to face Newcastle Falcons: 15 Greig Tonks, 14 Lee Jones, 13 John Houston, 12 Ben Atiga, 11 Mike Penn, 10 Harry Leonard, 9 Chris Leck; 1 Allan Jacobsen, 2 Andy Titterrell, 3 Geoff Cross, 4 Grant Gilchrist, 5 Sean Cox, 6 Dimitri Basilaia, 7 Roddy Grant, 8 Stuart McInally
Substitutes: Robin Hislop, Willem Nel, Steven Turnbull, Netani Talei, Richie Rees, Gregor Hunter, Sep Visser, George Turner, Alex Allan, Robert McAlpine, Perry Parker, Hamish Watson, Alex Black, Jamie Farndale, Alun Walker