Edinburgh v Glasgow Warriors – 1872 Cup Second Leg Preview
Tomorrow afternoon marks the second leg of this season’s 1872 Cup fixtures as Glasgow Warriors will arrive at BT Murrayfield to face Edinburgh Rugby. Edinburgh delivered three extra Christmas presents on Boxing Day as they announced three re-signings – announcements which are sure to bolster the club morale heading into the fixture.
Lewis Carmichael is one of three key players to have re-signed with Edinburgh. (Photo: Edinburgh Rugby twitter)
Three Extra Christmas Presents
Edinburgh Rugby announced yesterday, on boxing day, that they had re-signed three players. Two of the three were also Scotland internationalists, whilst the third is a Scotland academy graduate who has represented his country at age-grade level.
The first name announced was back-row Luke Crosbie. The 22-year-old academy graduate currently has 33 caps for the capital side and has been an integral figure in the back-row, especially when international players are called upon by their countries for Six Nations campaigns and other test fixtures.
Upon re-signing, Crosbie explained: “I’m delighted to be staying with Edinburgh. The club is moving in the right direction and is something that I’ve wanted to be a part of since I was a young lad. I’ve really enjoyed the opportunities I’ve had to represent the capital so far and I’m looking forward to pulling on the jersey in the seasons ahead.”
Meanwhile, Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill added: “He’s a hard-working young player who we’ve seen continual improvement from during my time at Edinburgh. Luke is part of a core of young Scottish players who are integral to this club and he’ll be a very important player for us in the years to come.”
The second name announced was second row lock Lewis Carmichael. The 24-year-old Scottish internationalist, who earned his 40th Edinburgh cap against Glasgow last weekend, re-signs for the capital club having faced a more than tough injury comeback, as he missed the entirety of the 2018/19 season having ruptured his ACL.
Before that destructive injury, the lock had been enjoying a breakout season – one so good that he was rewarded with a Scotland call-up from Gregor Townsend. Carmichael became Scotland cap 1095, and scored upon his debut against Canada.
Discussing his re-signing, Carmichael said: “Edinburgh is a club that means a lot to me and I love playing my rugby here. I’m really happy to have re-signed. We have a great squad here and we’re really tight-knit. I’m looking forward to representing this city in the seasons to come.”
Cockerill discussed Carmichael’s re-signing: “Lewis had a tough time with injuries last year, but he has come back stronger. We’ve been really happy with his development so far this season. He is a local guy, who has come right through the club’s academy system. It’s great to see another young, Scottish player commit his future to Edinburgh Rugby.”
And finally, the third name announced was fellow Scottish internationalist, centre Mark Bennett. The 26-year-old former 7s player commits his future to the club having started off the 2019/20 season properly after battling some troublesome injury issues since joining the club in 2017.
Upon re-signing, Bennett explained: “The club is going in the right direction and it’s something that I’ve really bought into during my spell at Edinburgh. I’ve enjoyed my time here in the city and it’s been brilliant being able to find my feet in the backline this season. I’m looking forward to pulling on the jersey and representing this club in the years to come.”
Cockerill added: “Mark is a proven internationalist who has performed really well to start this season. He’s quick and decisive and looks to be back to his best. We’re really happy that he’s re-signed with the club and he’ll be an important player for us in the seasons to come.”
Glasgow have named a more than capable side to head to BT Murrayfield with. (Photo: Glasgow Warriors twitter)
The Warrior’s pack is certainly a strong one as Oli Kebble rejoins the starting front row to pack down alongside the experienced Fraser Brown and Zander Fagerson.
Scott Cummings continues to enjoy a run of good form, and starting selection as he features in a second row partnership with Jonny Gray for another outing against their Edinburgh rivals.
Their back row – still suffering from Matt Fagerson’s suspension – is held up by double centurion Rob Harley and co-captains Callum Gibbins and Ryan Wilson for another week.
George Horne drops to the bench to allow Ali Price to wear the number nine jersey, pairing with Adam Hastings at fly half. Ratu Tagive gets his first 1872 Cup feature as he pairs the more than capable DTH Van Der Merwe on the wings.
Sam Johnson and Huw Jones will be hoping to see more ball in the centre, whilst Ruaridh Jackson will hold the fort at fullback.
The Glasgow bench features five forwards – George Turner, Aki Seiuli, Adam Nicol, Adam Ashe and Tom Gordon – and three backs – George Horne, Nick Grigg and Niko Matawalu.
Cockerill will be hoping he has named a strong enough side to secure the win at home, following their defeat at Scotstoun. (Photo: Edinburgh Rugby twitter)
Edinburgh certainly don’t pull any punches in their own forward pack. Fan favourite work-horses Pierre Schoemann and WP Nel prop to support hooker, and captain, Stuart McInally.
It is a Scotland pairing in the second row as Ben Toolis and Grant Gilchrist control the boiler room for the hosts having also started at Scotstoun last week.
Jamie Ritchie and Hamish Watson will be nuisances on the flanks, with the destructive Fijian force of Bill Mata completing the back row in the number eight position.
Nic Groom and Simon Hickey form the half-back pairing, with Duhan Van Der Merwe going up against his namesake on the wing, whilst Darcy Graham puts his name to the 14 shirt once more.
George Taylor and Mark Bennett look to produce results from their centre partnership which has well and truly been blooming this season. And last, but by no means least, Blair Kinghorn takes his place at fullback.
The Edinburgh bench is also comprised of five forwards – Mike Willemse, Jamie Bhatti, Simon Berghan, Lewis Carmichael and Magnus Bradbury – and three backs – Henry Pyrgos, Jaco Van Der Walt and Matt Scott.
Edinburgh will face off against Glasgow Warriors at BT Murrayfield tomorrow, Saturday 28th, with kick-off at 3pm.