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Pro Teams Return With Strong Teams

Pro Team News

Andy Robinson has gone. That much we know.

Whoever comes in may well – and should – offer a clean sheet, a clean slate; a blank canvas.

Now is the perfect time for Scotland’s professional rugby players to show why they should be in the next Scotland squad that will be announced in the spring.

Plenty of the current crop have been thrown back into action, perhaps stung by fans and their coach’s reaction to the Tonga loss they want to show they still have desire and passion for their cause.

Glasgow welcome back Hogg, Lamont, Kellock, Barclay and Ryan Grant but also Duncan Weir who has recovered from his training injury. Hogg appears in the centre this week, and with both De Luca and Evans ineffective during the autumn tests and Brown and Tonks going well at Edinburgh, perhaps he may start making a name for himself at outside centre as many have predicted.


15. Peter Murchie, 14. Sean Lamont, 13. Stuart Hogg, 12. Peter Horne, 11. DTH Van Der Merwe, 10. Duncan Weir, 9. Henry Pyrgos; 1. Ryan Grant, 2. Dougie Hall, 3. Mike Cusack, 4. Tim Swinson, 5. Al Kellock (Capt), 6. Rob Harley, 7. John Barclay, 8. Ryan Wilson
Replacements: 16. Pat MacArthur, 17. Moray Low, 18. Gordon Reid, 19. Josh Strauss, 20. James Eddie, 21. Niko Matawalu, 22. Scott Wight, 23. Byron McGuigan

Edinburgh will line up against a Connacht team featuring Dan Parks in a bid to continue their winning streak of, um, 1. To that end a number of internationals have been flung back into action this end of the M8 too.

Bradley’s squad is fairly heavy on second rows but gives us a chance to see new man Izah van der Westhuizen in action.

Dougie Fife sits on the bench despite a decent showing in the Ospreys victory last week.

Edinburgh Rugby team to play Connacht at the Sportsground (kick-off 5pm)
RaboDirect PRO12 round 10:

15 Greig Tonks, 14 Tom Brown, 13 Nick De Luca, 12 Matt Scott, 11 Tim Visser, 10 Greig Laidlaw CAPTAIN, 9 Richie Rees; 1 Allan Jacobsen, 2 Andy Titterrell, 3 Willem Nel, 4 Perry Parker, 5 Sean Cox, 6 David Denton, 7 Roddy Grant, 8 Stuart McInally
Replacements: 16 Alun Walker, 17 John Yapp, 18 Lewis Niven, 19 Robert McAlpine, 20 Izak van der Westhuizen, 21 Chris Leck, 22 Gregor Hunter, 23 Dougie Fife

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