Edinburgh Rugby have raised eyebrows by deciding to “rest” Scotland winger Tim Visser for arguably their biggest game of the season, at Glasgow tomorrow, in the Guinness PRO12.
Visser is deemed in need of being stood down after turning out in all but two of Edinburgh’s matches this season, his place going to Tom Brown, who has excelled on rare opportunities.
Other changes from the team which defeated Treviso 48-0 last weekend see fit-again Ross Ford return at hooker and Anton Bresler turn out at second row after an ear infection.
Hooker Neil Cochrane has done well enough over the last fortnight to claim a place on the bench now that Ford is back and there is also a place amongst the stand-bys for utility back Phil Burleigh, who was injured eight matches ago.
While Visser sits out the action, Glasgow recall a string of internationalists including Al Kellock, Stuart Hogg, Alex Dunbar, Duncan Weir, Ryan Grant, Pat MacArthur and Ryan Wilson.
Edinburgh: Cuthbert, Fife, Scott, Strauss, Brown, Tonks, Hidalgo-Clyne, Dickinson, Ford, Andress, Bresler, Toolis, Coman (c), Denton, Grant. Subs: Cochrane, Sutherland, Nel, McKenzie, McInally, Hart, Heathcote, Burleigh.
Glasgow: Hogg, Lamont, Dunbar, Horne, van der Merwe, Weir, Pyrgos, Grant, MacArthur, Murray, Swinson, Kellock (c), Wilson, Strauss, Harley. Subs: Hall, Allan, Welsh, Nakawara, Matawala, Vernon, Maitland.