Edinburgh hand debut to Scotland international Mark Bennett

A knee injury suffered on Scotland duty has delayed Mark Bennett's debut
A knee injury suffered on Scotland duty has delayed Mark Bennett's debut

Scotland international Mark Bennett is all set to make his debut for Edinburgh when they host Southern Kings in the upcoming Pro 14 encounter at Myerside.

The 24-year-old, who has made 20 Test appearances for the Dark Blues between 2014 and 2017 was sidelined by a serious knee injury but now has recovered enough to represent Richard Cockerill's side on Friday since his move from Glasgow Warriors at the start of the season.

Bennett is one of five changes made by Richard Cockerill to the side that lost the second leg of the 1872 Cup last weekend, with Dougie Fife also coming into the back line and Nathan Fowles starting at scrum-half.

Jordan Lay comes into the front row while Magnus Bradbury has been given another chance to impress in the back row alongside Hamish Watson and Cornell du Preez.

Kings had a struggling debut in Pro 14 as they suffered defeats in all 10 games in this season so far but head coach Cockerill warned his team of any complacency facing the South African side.

He said: "Southern Kings are a dangerous side in attack, and they will be well-rested having had a few week's break over the festive period. It'll be a tough game, but we're looking forward to getting back to Myreside and putting in a good performance, and one that keeps us looking up the table.

"Mark has worked incredibly hard to return from injury, so we're delighted that he's able to make his first start for the club in front of our supporters at Myreside."