Preview: Edinburgh v Glasgow

Date published: December 23 2015

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Edinburgh have made two changes to their starting line-up that will take on Glasgow in the opening 1872 Scottish Cup clash at Murrayfield.

With both changes in the back three, Jack Cuthbert moves up from the bench to full-back and Dougie Fife returns at right wing. Michael Allen and Matt Scott retain their centre partnership and one of last Friday's try scorers, Tom Brown, remains on the left wing. The half-back pairing of Phil Burleigh and Sam Hidalgo-Clyne is retained.

The pack, which fuelled last weekend's win at BT Murrayfield is unchanged. Hooker Ross Ford will run out for his 150th cap for the club, with the front-row completed by Rory Sutherland at loosehead and WP Nel at tighthead.

Anton Bresler and Alex Toolis again comprise the second-row while captain Mike Coman at blindside, Cornell Du Preez at number eight and last week's other try scorer, openside John Hardie remain in the back-row.

The bench is largely unchanged however Ben Toolis could make his return on Sunday, after an elbow injury against Treviso has kept him on the sidelines since September.

Edinburgh won the 1872 Scottish Cup at Murrayfield on 2 January this year, after a five-year sabbatical in the Glasgow trophy cabinet, in a nail-biter before a then-record crowd of 15,810.

"We're all delighted that we'll have such a big crowd adding to the atmosphere of what is always a hard-fought fixture," said head coach Alan Solomons.

"With both clubs winning their European fixtures last weekend, the teams will be looking for the momentum to carry through to a winning performance on Sunday. We know how keen Glasgow are to win back the trophy – and how intent we are on retaining it – so I've no doubt it will be a highly physical encounter.

"Our pack were, again, excellent last weekend and, on a personal note, I'd like to congratulate Ross Ford on reaching a milestone 150 caps. It's a great achievement from a player who has been a magnificent servant to the club."

Meanwhile for Glasgow, Grayson Hart will start the 1872 Scottish Cup match against his former club on Sunday.

The scrum-half, who joined the Warriors in the summer, replaces Mike Blair in the number nine shirt as the Warriors return to PRO12 action following their back-to-back Champions Cup wins over the Scarlets.

Stuart Hogg comes back into the side at full-back, as Tommy Seymour moves to the left wing, with Sean Lamont not involved this weekend. Australian international Taqele Naiyaravoro continues on the right wing.

Mark Bennett once again starts at outside centre, with Peter Horne coming in for Alex Dunbar inside him.

Finn Russell and Hart form this week's half-back partnership.

In the pack Ryan Grant returns at loosehead in place of Alex Allan, while Fraser Brown continues at hooker and Sila Puafisi is once again named at tighthead.

Leone Nakarawa and Jonny Gray continue in the Warriors engine room.

In the back-row Ryan Wilson comes in for the injured Rob Harley at blindside, Chris Fusaro replaces Simone Favaro at openside and Adam Ashe starts at number eight, with Josh Strauss not included in the matchday squad.

Form: Edinburgh's only victory in their last five Guinness PRO12 fixtures was 32-13 at home to Newport Gwent Dragons in round 8. Edinburgh's only loss this season at Murrayfield came when Munster were the visitors in the PRO12 on 7th November. Glasgow Warriors have lost just one of their last six matches in all tournaments: 15-26 at home to Northampton in the European Champions Cup on 21st November. The Warriors have played only three away games in the PRO12 this season, gaining a losing bonus point at Munster and at Leinster and maximum points on their visit to the Blues. Edinburgh currently hold the 1872 Cup, something they had not done since 2008. The capital side ended a seven game winless run against their fiercest rivals with their 20-8 victory at Murrayfield on 2 January.

The teams:

Edinburgh: 15 Jack Cuthbert, 14 Dougie Fife, 13 Michael Allen, 12 Matt Scott, 11 Tom Brown, 10 Phil Burleigh, 9 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 8 Cornell Du Preez, 7 John Hardie, 6 Mike Coman (c), 5 Alex Toolis, 4 Anton Bresler, 3 WP Nel, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Rory Sutherland.
Replacements: 16 Neil Cochrane, 17 Allan Dell, 18 John Andress, 19 Ben Toolis, 20 Jamie Ritchie, 21 Sean Kennedy, 22 Greig Tonks, 23 Andries Strauss.

Glasgow: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Peter Horne, 11 Tommy Seymour, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Grayson Hart, 8 Adam Ashe, 7 Chris Fusaro, 6 Ryan Wilson, 5 Jonny Gray (c), 4 Leone Nakarawa, 3 Sila Puafisi, 2 Fraser Brown, 1 Ryan Grant.
Replacements: 16 James Malcolm, 17 Gordon Reid, 18 Zander Fagerson, 19 Tim Swinson, 20 Simone Favaro, 21 Ali Price, 22 Sam Johnson, 23 Lee Jones.

Date: Sunday, December 27
Venue: Murrayfield
Kick-off: 15:05 GMT
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Sam Grove-White (Scotland), Bob Nevins (Scotland)
Television match official: Iain Ramage (Scotland)
Timekeeper: John Montgomery (Scotland)
Assessor: Andy Clift (Scotland)

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