Phil Burleigh and Tom Brown may have been added to Edinburgh Rugby’s lengthy injury list this week, but there is some good news with the return of Kevin Bryce to the bench after five months out for Friday night’s match with Cardiff Blues at Myreside (kick-off 7.05pm, live on BBC).
The 28-year-old Scotland cap was being moulded into a tighthead prop when he suffered an elbow injury six minutes into his Edinburgh debut against Munster in September.
Last week he came through a match for Hawick unscathed and will hope to get his chance off the bench as Edinburgh look to turnaround their stuttering form.
Burleigh hurt his hand while Brown was concussed and they join another 16 players who are either injured or unavailable due to Scotland duties.
Acting Head Coach Duncan Hodge has made three changes for this match.
Blair Kinghorn comes in to start at full-back while Rory Scholes is named on the wing. Glenn Bryce moves from 15 to 13 with Chris Dean moving from 13 to 12.
Jason Tovey starts at stand-off with Duncan Weir on national team duty.
As well as Bryce, Junior Rasolea is added to the bench to cover centre.
Hodge said: “There’s no hiding from the disappointment of last week’s result, but we need to put the defeat behind us and bounce back in this clash against Cardiff.
“We didn’t make the most of the chances we created last week and that hurt us. It’s crucial that we learn from those mistakes and are more clinical this time around.
“We’re back at home and that’ll prove as a big boost for the side going into this encounter. We want to make amends for last week’s result in front of our supporters and give them something to cheer about.”
15 Blair Kinghorn
14 Damien Hoyland
13 Glenn Bryce
12 Chris Dean
11 Rory Scholes
10 Jason Tovey
9 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne
1 Jack Cosgrove
2 Neil Cochrane (C)
3 Murray McCallum
4 Fraser McKenzie
5 Ben Toolis
6 Magnus Bradbury
7 Jamie Ritchie
8 Cornell Du Preez
Subs: 16 George Turner, 17 Derrick Appiah, 18 Kevin Bryce, 19 Grant Gilchrist, 20 Lewis Carmichael, 21 Nathan Fowles, 22 Junior Rasolea, 23 Michael Allen.
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