Edinburgh’s Jack Cuthbert set to debut tonight

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SUMMER signing Jack Cuthbert is set to line up on the wing for Edinburgh tonight, determined to prove not only his versatility but show he is worth a regular place in the starting XV rather than be regarded as a fringe player.

The 25-year-old, who signed on a two-year contract when moving from Bath two months ago, played as a centre, wing and full-back during his six years at the Somerset club – but made only eight appearances as a replacement in the Aviva Premiership last season, and has moved north in a bid for more regular game time.

Ahead of tonight’s pre-season match against Newcastle at Hawick, Bristol-born Cuthbert said: “I’m delighted to be playing here and I’m looking forward to playing in Hawick.

“I’m just taking it one step at a time and looking at this game as an opportunity to impress in an Edinburgh jersey, and that’s what I want to take on for the next few months – to get as much game time as possible and impress.

“I don’t think I’ve been given enough time in any position in my pro career to date to know what my best is and, wherever the opportunity arises, I’ll be happy to take them. Certainly, wing and full-back on a short-term basis but, long-term, I’d like to move infield and get more ball at 13 I think.

“I think my skill set is suited to 13. I actually played most of my rugby at stand-off and 12 when I was younger, but I think with my size and pace I could be a decent weapon at 13, depending on how the coaches here want to use their centres.”