Edinburgh Rugby fans will get the chance to have a first look at Richard Cockerill’s new look squad when they face Sale Sharks in a pre-season friendly at Boroughmuir’s Meggetland ground on August 18 at 7.35pm.

They will then take on another English top flight side, Newcastle Falcons, a week later on August 25 at The Greenyards in Melrose at 6pm.

The league season is set to begin on the weekend of September 1/2./3, but as yet the PRO12 – or 14 as it may be going forward – has no confirmed fixtures.

Cockerill, the former England hooker, who coached Leicester Tigers for over a decade, was appointed to the Head Coach role at Edinburgh back in February and after relocating from France where he was working with Toulon he has been running the rule over his new squad this summer.

As he looks ahead to the two friendlies, Cockerill said: “We’re looking forward to hosting two quality sides as part of our pre-season preparations.

“Both Sale and Newcastle will offer the physical test we need ahead of our first competitive fixture.

“I’m keen to seeing the players perform in a live match environment and to see who puts their hand up for selection ahead of the new season.”

Edinburgh’s managing director Jonny Petrie added: “We’re excited to reciprocate last season’s pre-season schedule with fixtures against two highly rated sides.

“We’re grateful to Boroughmuir and Melrose, who will host the summer friendlies, as the pitch at Myreside continues to mature ahead of the season.

“There’s a good buzz around the club at the moment.”

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