Edinburgh hand a debut to Andries Strauss

Andries Strauss (Getty Images)
Andries Strauss (Getty Images)
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Edinburgh Rugby will hand a debut to centre Andries Strauss as they face the Dragons in the RaboDirect PRO12 on Sunday (kick-off 1.05pm).

The 29-year-old South African, who played under head coach Alan Solomons at the Southern Kings, lines up at Rodney Parade while Carl Bezuidenhout will make his first start at stand off.

Scotland lock Grant Gilchrist will return from Six Nations duty for tomorrow’s clash while there are places for fellow internationalists Nick De Luca, Jack Cuthbert and Tom Brown.

Cornell Du Preez moves to No.8 in the absence of David Denton while New Zealander Mike Coman skippers the side on his first start.

Edinburgh are without six Scotland internationalists selected to take on England in tomorrow’s Calcutta Cup clash.

• Edinburgh Rugby: Jack Cuthbert, Dougie Fife, Nick De Luca, Andries Strauss, Tom Brown, Carl Bezuidenhout, Grayson Hart, Wicus Blaauw, James Hilterbrand, Willem Nel, Grant Gilchrist, Izak van der Westhuizen, Mike Coman (c), Roddy Grant, Cornell Du Preez.

Substitutes: George Turner, Alex Allan, Ewan McQuillin, Ollie Atkins, Tomas Leonardi, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, Sam Beard, Harry Leonard.