Edinburgh Rugby today sprang a surprise for tomorrow’s Guinness Pro 12 trip to champions Leinster by including Heriot’s captain Jack Turley in their starting line-up.
As revealed in today’s print edition of the Evening News, an injury crisis and the impending start of the viagogo Autumn Tests has led to a call for the rugged New Zealander.
Turley, who has led Heriot’s to the top of the BT Premiership, will line up at second row from where he scored a try as Edinburgh A defeated the touring Ontario on Monday.
In looking to post a fourth-consecutive victory for the first time since 2007, Edinburgh have made ten changes from the team which defeated Lyon in the European Challenge Cup last weekend including a competitive debut for under-20 cap Magnus Bradbury, who has been starring at back row in the BT Premiership with Boroughmuir.
Other rookies on the bench are hooker Jake Kerr and back-five forward Jamie Ritchie while George Turner is fit to resume in a stand-by role and could also debut at some stage.
A total of 18 Edinburgh players were ruled out through injury and a further two stood down due to the upcoming Tests.
Edinburgh team: Nick McLennan, Dougie Fife, Joaquin Dominguez, Andries Strauss (c), Tim Visser, Tom Heathcote, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, Allan Dell, James Hilterbrand, Willem Nel, Ben Toolis, Jack Turley, Magnus Bradbury, David Denton, Tomas Leonardi. Subs: Jake Kerr, Rory Sutherland, John Andress, Jamie Ritchie, George Turner, Sean Kennedy, Greig Tonks, Jack Cuthbert.