Alan Solomons set to give the nod to Neil Cochrane

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Edinburgh rugby coach Alan Solomons has hinted he may hand a debut to ex-Boroughmuir and Watsonians star Neil Cochrane at some part of Sunday’s visit to Ospreys in the Guinness PRO12.

Cochrane, 30, joined his hometown club in the summer after spells with Rotherham, Doncaster, Bedford, and London Wasps during which he successfully converted from flanker to hooker.

Now fully recovered from knee cartilage problems, Cochrane proved his fitness at club level over the past two weekends and Solomons appears keen to freshen up a hooking role that has been the preserve of Ross Ford and, occasionally, James Hilterbrand over the past 16 matches in a run dating back to the visit of Gloucester in the Heineken Cup last December.

In looking to ease pressure on the two mainstays, Solomons said: “Neil had 40 minutes for his club last weekend so he is somebody who could come in. He is ready to be considered.”

The previous weekend, Cochrane had 60 minutes of action in the BT Premiership.

“Last week Neil felt it because he hadn’t played rugby since February but he’s had another little bit of a run and I think that is very positive for him,” added Solomons.

One major concern is the number of yellow cards Edinburgh are picking up, the team so far collecting four in two outings – more than any other side.