Pro14: Edinburgh v Leinster
Venue: Murrayfield Stadium Date: Friday 22 March Kick off: 19:35 GMT
Coverage: Concentrate on BBC Radio Scotland

Scotland captain John Barclay is likely to make his Edinburgh debut against Leinster on Friday – 16 months afterwards he stopped up.

The 32-year-old back-row has not played since May 2018 afterwards putting up with an Achilles tendon rupture on responsibility with former team Scarlets.

The 71-times restricted flanker is joined by Darcy Graham, Hamish Watson, Ben Toolis and WP Nel, that played in Scotland’s 38-38 draw Twickenham.

“It’ll be helpful to have John back,” said head coach Richard Cockerill.

“He is a great player along with also his direction across the group and his knowledge of the match is very, great, and which may be important for us at the runin.”

Together with four games of the regular season remaining, Edinburgh sit fifth in Seminar B, with Leinster 22 points clear in prime spot.

“We will need to be as strong because we could be because we’ve had some poor consequences where we’ve slid up at which we have ton’t have,” said Cockerill.

“That’s put us at a situation where, with four league games to go, we’re probably going to need to win most of them if you want to qualify to your play offs.”

Leinster welcome rear three important players from trauma fractures, with middle Joe Tomane making his first start since damaging his hamstring in November. Experienced scrumhalf Luke McGrath has recovered from a knee problem and flanker is fit .

For the hosts, Scotland center Matt Scott yields for its first time in over five months after having a head injury sustained against Toulon, while full back Dougie Fife and wing Duhan van der Merwe have regained by the tears which retained them out of a damaging defeat at Benetton two weeks ago.

Replacements: Byrne, McGrath, Porter, Dunne, Dowling, McCarthy, J O’Brien, C O’Brien.


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