Edinburgh rugby get major squad boost ahead of Lions clash
After beating Cell C Sharks 21-5 in the United Rugby Championship, Mike Blair’s options will be further enhanced by the arrival of hooker Stuart McInally, second row Grant Gilchrist, prop WP Nel and winger Darcy Graham .
All four were part of Gregor Townsend’s Scotland squad for the Six Nations, but after a period of rest they were given the green light to join their team-mates.
Edinburgh are chasing a top-four finish in the United Rugby Championship and play the Lions at Emirates Airlines Park in Johannesburg on Saturday afternoon.
The quartet will likely be included in the starting XV as Edinburgh look to build on their memorable victory in Durban last time out. Graham’s availability, in particular, will be a major boost for the backline, given the fine form he has shown for Scotland in their Six Nations campaign.
Blair told the club’s website: “It’s great that all four guys have joined the team here in South Africa. Their experience will be essential as we prepare to face a very strong Emirates Lions side who are playing with confidence.
“We were obviously delighted with the win over Cell C Sharks on Saturday but it’s a new week and we are now fully focused on the task at hand. We have a big week of training ahead of us in Durban before heading to Johannesburg later this week.