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PRO14 Preview – Edinburgh v Ospreys

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Edinburgh will welcome Ospreys to the Scottish capital on Saturday in the last match of the opening round of the new PRO14 season.

The home side had a good season in 2019/20 but again failed when it matters and coach Cockerill will want his team to do better this time around.

Ospreys on the other hand had a season to forget and a good start will put them in the right frame of mind to kick-start this season on the right note.

Edinburgh had a few injuries that force them to change their side. Without Blair Kinghorn and Duhan van der Merwe it will be Damian Hoyland and Jamie Farndale take their places at full-back and wing.

Ospreys will also have some injuries and they will be without Viliame Mata and Jamie Ritchie.

Nick Haining, Magnus Bradbury and Luke Crosbie all start in the back row, with Mark Bennett and WP Nel returning to the matchday 23.

Tipuric will lead the Ospreys side and will equal Barry Williams record of 51 appearances as captain.
We are looking forward to see what these two sides can dish up in attack.

Teams:

Edinburgh: 15. Damien Hoyland, 14. Darcy Graham, 13. Mark Bennett, 12. Chris Dean, 11. Jamie Farndale, 10. Jaco van der Walt, 9. Charlie Shiel; 1. Pierre Schoeman, 2. Stuart McInally (c), 3. Simon Berghan, 4. Ben Toolis, 5. Grant Gilchrist, 6. Magnus Bradbury, 7. Luke Crosbie, 8. Nick Haining

Replacements: 16. David Cherry, 17. Jamie Bhatti, 18. WP Nel, 19. Andrew Davidson, 20. Hamish Watson, 21. Dan Nutton, 22. Nathan Chamberlain, 23. George Taylor

Ospreys: 15. Dan Evans, 14. Mat Protheroe, 13. Owen Watkin, 12. Keiran Williams, 11. Luke Morgan, 10. Stephen Myler, 9. Rhys Webb; 1. Nicky Smith, 2. Sam Parry, 3. Tom Botha, 4. Adam Beard, 5. Alun Wyn Jones, 6. Olly Cracknell, 7. Justin Tipuric (c), 8. Morgan Morris

Replacements: 16. Dewi Lake, 17. Rhodri Jones, 18. Ma’afu Fia, 19. Bradley Davies, 20. Dan Lydiate, 21. Reuben Morgan-Williams, 22. Josh Thomas, 23. Tiaan Thomas-WheelerPRO

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