McInally handed first Edinburgh start at hooker

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A journey that has taken Stuart McInally from being an unused back row substitute on the Scotland bench to a hooking apprenticeship at Currie, Boroughmuir, Edinburgh Accies and Bristol, reaches its conclusion tomorrow night.

The 24-year-old was today listed today for a first start in his new position for Edinburgh Rugby at Benetton Treviso tomorrow in the Guinness PRO12.

McInally’s promotion from the bench is one of eight changes to the starting team beaten beaten at Cardiff last weekend,

Matt Scott (outside centre), Greig Tonks (stand-off) and Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (scrum half) return to the back line from Scotland duty against Italy while, in the pack, Ben Toolis (lock) and Hamish Watson (openside flanker) return fresh from making international debuts.

With Phil Burleigh picking up an injury last weekend, his place at inside centre is taken by Andries Strauss while Anton Bresler moves to the other side of the second row.

In addition to Burleigh dropping out are Jade Te Rure, Neil Cochrane, Ollie Atkins and Roddy Grant.

With six matches remaining, Edinburgh lie eighth in the table and six points adrift of a top-six place that would gain entry to next season’s blue riband Champions Cup.

Edinburgh: Cuthbert, Fife, Scott, Strauss, Visser, Tonks, Hidalgo-Clyne, Sutherland, McInally, Nel, Breslwer, B Toolis, Coman (c), Denton, Watson. Subs: Cochrane, Shiells, Andress, Atkins, Grant, Fowles, McLennan, Beard.