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Challenge Cup Final Teams Announced

Sam Hidalgo-Clyne - pic © Al Ross
Sam Hidalgo-Clyne - pic © Al Ross

The teams have been announced for the Challenge Cup Final tomorrow, with both sides putting out the strongest sides possible.

Gloucester have been here before, but for the Scottish side it is an all new experience and hopefully not one that will overawe them.

The powerhouse second row pair of Ben Toolis and Anton Bresler will be looking to continue their rise while Dave Denton misses out through concussion in the back row and Cornell du Preez comes in. The biggest call for Alan Solomons would have been where to fit the in-form Stuart McInally. In the end he continues as a hooker, but on the bench. In the backs, Phil Burleigh keeps the 10 shirt after two confident showings whilst Greig Tonks returns to fullback.

It’s a strong looking bench up front but surely there was a space for Glasgow-bound Grayson Hart – or perhaps Solomons is seeking to reward those who have bought into the culture he is building, and leave out those who have not?

And yes, the Laidlaw vs Hidalgo-Clyne matchup goes ahead as we had all hoped. Edinburgh will face a tough hill to climb against a Gloucester side filled with International names (Hibbard, Hook, Afoa) and featuring a further Scot in Steve McColl on the bench.

We wish Edinburgh the best of luck.

Edinburgh Rugby v Gloucester, European Rugby Challenge Cup Final, Twickenham Stoop, Friday 1 May, kick-off 7.45pm (live on BT Sport 2 and Sky Sports 1)

Edinburgh Rugby:
Greig Tonks, Dougie Fife, Sam Beard, Andries Strauss, Tim Visser, Phil Burleigh, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, Alasdair Dickinson, Ross Ford, WP Nel, Anton Bresler, Ben Toolis, Mike Coman, Roddy Grant, Cornell Du Preez

Replacements:
Stuart McInally, Rory Sutherland, John Andress, Fraser McKenzie, Hamish Watson, Nathan Fowles, Tom Heathcote, Tom Brown

Gloucester:
Charlie Sharples; Jonny May, Bill Meakes, Billy Twelvetrees (capt), Henry Purdy; James Hook, Greig Laidlaw; Nick Wood, Richard Hibbard, John Afoa; Tom Savage, Tom Palmer; Ross Moriarty, Matt Kvesic, Gareth Evans

Replacements:
Darren Dawidiuk, Yann Thomas, Sila Puafisi, Mariano Galarza, Jacob Rowan, Dan Robson, Billy Burns, Steve McColl

2 Responses

  1. Rory – what are you hinting about Hart not buying into the Edinburgh culture???

    Also, Hook is versatile but I’ve yet to see him play in the pack.

  2. I wasn’t meaning to hint at any behind the scenes scandal. But GT is still fielding Niko, DTH etc even though they are off next season. Since Hart announced his move we’ve barely seen him for Edinburgh, he’s been farmed out to club Sevens, BaaBaas and all sorts. Was just thinking perhaps Solomons took this as a slight on what he is trying to put together at Edinburgh?

    PS good spot, have fixed!

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