Blair brothers to start for Edinburgh

Nineteen-year-old Alex Blair will make his Edinburgh debut, beside his brother Mike, in Saturday’s clash with Leinster at The RDS (kick-off 6.05pm).

Nineteen-year-old Alex Blair will make his Edinburgh debut, beside his brother Mike, in Saturday’s clash with Leinster at The RDS (kick-off 6.05pm).

“It will be good to have Mike beside me at half-back, not just because he’s my brother, but because he’s a hugely experienced player who’ll be able to give me a few pointers when he feels it’s required.

“It’s a big game to be making my debut in, but I’m relishing the thought of going to a place like the RDS and showing what we’re all about.

Moffat’s starting line-up shows four personnel changes over and above the two at half-back. Ross Ford and Roddy Grant, rested against Ulster, return at hooker and No.8 respectively, while John Houston and Alex Grove will form a new centre pairing.

EDINBURGH (v Leinster):

15 Chris Paterson

14 Jim Thompson

13 Alex Grove

12 John Houston

11 Tim Visser

10 Alex Blair

9 Mike Blair

1 Allan Jacobsen

2 Ross Ford

3 Geoff Cross

4 Scott MacLeod

5 Fraser McKenzie

6 Netani Talei

8 Roddy Grant (captain)

7 Ross Rennie

REPLACEMENTS

16 Andrew Kelly

17 Kyle Traynor

18 David Young

19 Esteban Lozada

20 Scott Newlands

21 Greig Laidlaw

22 David Bishop

23 Mark Robertson

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