Edinburgh have a chance to arrest their worrying slide with the visit of fellow basement-dwellers the Dragons to Myreside tomorrow night, in what will be their final home game of the season. A win for the Newport-Gwent side could see them leapfrog Edinburgh in the table.
The most inspiring tidbit in there is the return of John Hardie to fitness. Edinburgh might not have much to hit the Dragons with, but they will have two test quality opensides, as hopefully will Scotland come the summer. Elsewhere in the team it is the usual mixed bag with Duncan Weir still confined to the bench, as is Blair Kinghorn back from a stint with the Sevens squad.
Edinburgh Rugby to face Dragons at Myreside, Friday 28 April, kick-off 7.35pm – live on BBC ALBA:
15. Glenn Bryce, 14. Damien Hoyland, 13. Chris Dean, 12. Junior Rasolea, 11. Rory Scholes, 10. Jason Tovey, 9. Nathan Fowles; 1. Allan Dell, 2. George Turner, 3. Simon Berghan, 4. Grant Gilchrist (capt), 5. Ben Toolis, 6. Viliame Mata, 7. Hamish Watson, 8. Cornell du Preez
Replacements: 16. Ross Ford, 17. Murray McCallum, 18. Kevin Bryce, 19. Fraser McKenzie, 20. John Hardie, 21. Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22. Duncan Weir, 23. Blair Kinghorn
(No injury list provided with this one…)
You imagine large chunks of this squad will want to put the season to bed as soon as possible and move on to hopefully more positive things next season under Richard Cockerill. Whether problems lie with the club culture, the players or the management you imagine we’ll get some answers pretty sharpish. First, of course, they have the concluding leg of the 1872 Cup at Scotstoun.
Up at the other end of the M8, Glasgow have named an interesting side for their visit to Leinster with Tim Swinson moving to blindside so Young Brian can stay on the park and Tommy Seymour playing at 15 to accommodate the wings that Glasgow possess – whereas fullbacks they have few. It’s his first start since that Lions announcement so showing a bit of versatility is no bad thing. Pete Horne continues his run at 10 but there’s no room for his brother this time round.
They should have enough to be competitive compared to Leinster’s side which is definitely not the top flight, who have been rested following Champions Cup duty, but much may depend on referee Marius Mitrea. Just look at that Glasgow bench though, there’s plenty of talent there…
Glasgow Warriors team to play Leinster in the Guinness PRO12 at the RDS Arena in Dublin, Friday 28 April, live on TG4 (kick-off 7.35pm):
15. Tommy Seymour, 14. Leonardo Sarto, 13. Nick Grigg, 12. Sam Johnson, 11. Lee Jones, 10. Peter Horne, 9. Henry Pyrgos (co-Capt); 1. Alex Allan, 2. Fraser Brown, 3. Sila Puafisi, 4. Brian Alainu’uese, 5. Jonny Gray (co-Capt), 6. Tim Swinson, 7. Chris Fusaro, 8. Adam Ashe
Replacements: 16. Pat MacArthur, 17. Gordon Reid, 18. Zander Fagerson, 19. Rob Harley, 20. Matt Fagerson, 21. Ali Price, 22. Finn Russell, 23. Alex Dunbar
Not available due to injury: Mark Bennett (knee), Simone Favaro (knee), Sean Lamont (calf), James Malcom (ankle), D’arcy Rae (illness), Josh Strauss (medical), Richie Vernon (achilles) and Ryan Wilson (shoulder).
Sorry, no idea how you get TG4 over this side of the Irish Sea but I’m sure someone will enlighten us.