Scotland back-row John Hardie is set to return to action this Friday night after two months out with a knee injury.

The 28-year-old played for his country at the start of the 6 Nations, but he came off early in the match against Wales and has been out since.

He has been named on the Edinburgh Rugby bench for their home Guinness PRO12 match with the Dragons at Myreside (Friday, 7.35pm, live on BBC ALBA) as they look to stop a run of nine defeats on the spin in all competitions.

Acting Head Coach Duncan Hodge has made four changes to his starting line-up for the game.

The only change to the backline is made at centre where Junior Rasolea is set to start in the number 12 jersey.

George Turner makes his first start of the season at hooker, with Allan Dell joining him in the front-row.

Ben Toolis – who was pulled from the matchday squad in Treviso due to illness – returns to the second-row.

Hodge said: “We see this match as a big opportunity to make amends for recent results.

“Our encounter down in Newport earlier in the season was a forward orientated battle in tough conditions, but both teams played some good running rugby and we hope for more of the same when they come to Myreside.


 15 Glenn Bryce

14 Damien Hoyland

13 Chris Dean

12 Junior Rasolea

11 Rory Scholes

10 Jason Tovey

9 Nathan Fowles

1 Allan Dell

2 George Turner

3 Simon Berghan

4 Grant Gilchrist (C)

5 Ben Toolis

6 Viliame Mata

7 Hamish Watson

8 Cornell du Preez

Subs: 16 Ross Ford, 17 Murray McCallum, 18 Kevin Bryce, 19 Fraser McKenzie, 20 John Hardie, 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22 Duncan Weir, 23 Blair Kinghorn.

Tommy’s honour

Tommy Seymour will make his 100th Glasgow Warriors appearance, starting at full-back as the Warriors take on Leinster at the RDS Arena in the PRO12 (Friday, 7.35pm, live on TG4).

It will be Seymour’s first game since being announced in the British & Irish Lions squad for this summer’s tour to New Zealand.

Scotland internationals Gordon Reid, Zander Fagerson, Ali Price, Finn Russell and Alex Dunbar all return from a week of rest and will look to bring an impact to the game off the bench.

Glasgow Warriors Head Coach Gregor Townsend said: “It has been a good couple of weeks for Tommy, he’s always looking to develop and better himself and it’s great for him to reach a personal milestone.

“Having signed a new contract earlier in the season I’m sure he’ll go on to shine for the club many more times in the future.

“Leinster are a team we always look forward to playing, they’re one of the best teams in Europe and play really positive rugby. We’ll have to go there and play really well to come away with a win.”


15 Tommy Seymour

14 Leonardo Sarto

13 Nick Grigg

12 Sam Johnson

11 Lee Jones

10 Peter Horne

9 Henry Pyrgos (C-C)

1 Alex Allan

2 Fraser Brown

3 Sila Puafisi

4 Brian Alainu’uese

5 Jonny Gray (C-C)

6 Tim Swinson

7 Chris Fusaro

8 Adam Ashe

Subs: 16 Pat MacArthur, 17 Gordon Reid, 18 Zander Fagerson, 19 Rob Harley, 20 Matt Fagerson, 21 Ali Price, 22 Finn Russell, 23 Alex Dunbar.

John Hardie is pictured by David Gibson/FOTOSPORT after his injury against Wales

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