Edinburgh side provides a mystery for Leicester Tigers coach

The Edinburgh line-up poses a puzzle for Leicester Tigers coach Richard Cockerill. Picture: Getty
The Edinburgh line-up poses a puzzle for Leicester Tigers coach Richard Cockerill. Picture: Getty
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Leicester Tigers coach Richard Cockerill admits a friendly against Edinburgh at Melrose tomorrow (2pm) is a trip into the unknown.

Wholesale changes at Edinburgh under coach Alan Solomons have left the former England hooker pondering.

“Edinburgh have a new set-up and they are trying to find an identity, so it’s tough to know what will happen. If we play well, we will win. And if we don’t, we will have footage to work on,” said Cockerill.

While Lion Dan Cole is injured, new signing Brad Thorn has still to arrive from New Zealand and Marcos Ayerza and Pablo Matera are with Argentina’s Rugby Championship squad ,there are still key figures waiting to face Edinburgh including England stand-off Freddie Burns, a recent acquisition alongside Italian caps Leonardo Ghiraldini and Robert Barbieri.

• HERIOT’S face a Melrose side including ex-Watsonians and Scotland under-20 flanker Neil Irvine-Hess at the Greenyards for the second leg of tomorrow’s double header (5pm).