Pro-star Ross Rennie in Accies pack

Ross Rennie. Pic: Joey Kelly
Ross Rennie. Pic: Joey Kelly
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Scotland cap Ross Rennie will return to rugby roots tomorrow, turning out for Edinburgh Accies in the British and Irish Cup against London Scottish at Raeburn Place.

Rennie, in becoming one of a raft of Edinburgh players released to Accies, will provide relief for supporters who feared he had become the subject of further injury woe when disappearing from the pro side after coming off the bench to help defeat Gloucester, away, just before Christmas.

For the last three Edinburgh selections has missed out to the uncapped Roddy Grant. Until then Rennie had been progressing well from shoulder damage amidst speculation he could return for Scotland in the Six Nations. In fact, Accies will field a near Edinburgh Rugby pack with Kiwi Mike Coman joining Hamish Watson and Rennie in the back row. Stuart McInally continues his switch from flanker to hooker in the Accies front row alongside Alex Allan and Lewis Niven.

It is comeback day for Edinburgh stand off Harry Leonard who is on the bench for Gala’s B&I Cup tie against Leeds.

Leonard last played for Edinburgh in November and his absence prompted much activity at stand off with Greig Tonks taking over and coach Alan Solomons signing first temporary, then permanent, cover.

Others turning out for Gala include Sean Cox, one of the heroes of Edinburgh’s opening day Heineken Cup win over Munster, but now seemingly out of favour, while Sam Hidalgo-Clyne has had a couple of starts and Sam Beard has looked promising from off the bench.