Up-and-coming Scottish second-row Lewis Carmichael is to make his debut for Super Rugby side Western Force this weekend.
The 21-year-old joined the Australian outfit on a short-term loan last month as part of his personal player development plan.
The agreement was brokered by Scottish Rugby’s Director of Rugby Scott Johnson and Edinburgh’s Managing Director Jonny Petrie to help him gain experience in a different training and cultural environment.
And the former under-20 cap seems to have impressed the coaches in Perth because he has been named in the starting XV for Western Force’s round nine clash with the Chiefs at nib Stadium on Saturday.
He is the second Scot to play in the competition this year, Murray Douglas appearing off the bench for the Melbourne Rebels against the Chiefs last month.
Carmichael grew up playing for North Berwick and has since represented Melrose and Edinburgh.
In his last interview before the loan move he said: “I’m really excited to get out to Australia and it was an offer that I jumped to take.
“I watch a lot of Super Rugby, and it will be a huge opportunity for me to go and train in a new environment, hopefully get some game time and experience a different style of rugby.
“I feel I’ll come back as a more rounded rugby player after spending some time in their camp.
“Getting game time most weeks at Edinburgh has really helped me as a rugby player and given me a taste of what it takes to compete at this level in the professional game.”
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