Edinburgh recall seven Scotland internationals for 1872 Cup clash against Glasgow

Stuart McInally will lead Edinburgh out
Stuart McInally will lead Edinburgh out

Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill has recalled seven Scotland internationals for the upcoming 1872 Cup clash against Glasgow Warriors to be played at BT Murrayfield Stadium on Saturday.

Glasgow will host Edinburgh for the second 1872 Cup clash on December 30 before the final meeting between the sides on April 28 at Murrayfield.

Edinburgh will be brimming with confidence following their 78-0 trouncing over Krasny Yar and Cockerill has named Dougie Fife in the back three, while Blair Kinghorn reverts to his regular position at full-back.

The team will be led by Stuart McInally and will see Rory Sutherland and Simon Berghan pack down either side of him, while experienced duo Ben Toolis and Grant Gilchrist are in the second row. Cornell du Preez and Hamish Watson are named in the back row while Jaco van der Walt has recovered from illness to take his spot at fly-half, alongside Sam Hidalgo-Clyne.

Glasgow Warriors are the only team in the Pro 14 season yet to lose a game and have 10 straight wins and Cockerill expects a stiff challenge on Saturday despite Edinburgh heading into the game after winning eight out of the last nine matches spread across all the competitions.

"We know Glasgow are a good side - their back-line features most of the Scotland team," he said. "This weekend is going to be a great barometer of where we're at as a team and how well we're progressing.

"We're doing some good things and we're paying a nice brand of rugby. It's a big day for us as a club and I'm hopeful that Edinburgh take another positive step forward."