It s a tale of two props as Edinburgh Rugby get ready to play the Ospreys at Myreside on Friday night in the Guinness PRO12 (7.35pm, live on BBC ALBA).

Scotland cap Alasdair Dickinson returns from a period on the sidelines to start in the front-row at loosehead.

The 33-year-old has not featured in the black and red since sustaining a foot injury against Glasgow Warriors in the 1872 Scottish Cup clash on Boxing Day.

On the other side of the scrum, Murray McCallum wears the number three jersey having signed his first pro deal on Thursday.

McCallum said: “I’m delighted to have signed with Edinburgh Rugby. The deal is everything I’ve been working towards and it makes all the hard work worth it.

“I can’t thank the BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy staff enough for their efforts in helping me get to this stage. Their contribution to my development both on and off the field has been immense and set me up well to have a shot at the professional game.

“I’m learning with each game and every opportunity I get to play at this level, and I’ll continue to do so over the next few years. There’s a huge amount of experience in the Edinburgh front-row, and being in a position to learn from internationalists is invaluable.

“There’s a lot to look forward to in the coming seasons, and I’m excited to be a part of the club going forward.”

Murray McCallum Edinburgh Rugby

For the ninth versus second clash, Dickinson comes into the starting XV for Jack Cosgrove who has an ankle injury while stand-off Duncan Weir and second-row Grant Gilchrist also start. They replaced the injured Jason Tovey and Fraser McKenzie respectively.

Acting Head Coach Duncan Hodge, who saw his side lose all their matches in February, said: “We’ve got to take the positives from the Cardiff game and carry them into this encounter against Ospreys.

“As a group we were bitterly disappointed to score three tries and be in control of the match, only for basic errors and execution to cost us the game in the closing stages.

 “The players have knuckled down and addressed their work-ons and we hope this week’s work will pay dividends.

“Ospreys are a quality side and travel to Myreside on a good run of form, but we have the belief in ourselves to come away with a result.”

Squad

15 Blair Kinghorn

14 Damien Hoyland

13 Glenn Bryce

12 Chris Dean

11 Rory Scholes

10 Duncan Weir

9 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne

1 Alasdair Dickinson

2 Neil Cochrane (C)

3 Murray McCallum

4 Grant Gilchrist

5 Ben Toolis

6 Magnus Bradbury

7 Jamie Ritchie

8 Cornell Du Preez


Subs: 16 Stuart McInally, 17 Derrick Appiah, 18 Kevin Bryce, 19 Anton Bresler, 20 Lewis Carmichael, 21 Nathan Fowles, 22 Junior Rasolea, 23 Michael Allen.

Alasdair Dickinson is pictured iin the main photo playing in December by David Gibson/FOTOSPORT

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