Winger Darcy Graham to make Edinburgh debut v London Irish

Darcy Graham will make his Edinburgh debut after impressing for the Scotland sevens side in Dubai. Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS
Darcy Graham will make his Edinburgh debut after impressing for the Scotland sevens side in Dubai. Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS
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Promising young wing Darcy Graham will make his Edinburgh debut in Saturday night’s European Challenge Cup clash with London Irish at Myreside.

The 20-year-old from Hawick signed full terms with the capital pro team in the summer and last week starred for Scotland Sevens with an eight-try performance in Dubai last weekend.

Jaco van der Walt makes his home debut at stand off and will link up with last weekend’s hat-trick hero, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne.

Autumn Test stalwarts Darryl Marfo and Stuart McInally are back in the front row and more Scotland players return to beef up the pack with Grant Gilchrist and Ben Toolis in the second row. Flanker Hamish Watson makes his first start for the club since featuring in the victory over Benetton in October.

Edinburgh are five points clear of second-placed London Irish going into the third round of Pool 4 fixtures.

Edinburgh team to face London Irish in European Challenge Cup at Myreside on Saturday (kick-off 7.35pm)

15. Blair Kinghorn (53)

14. Damien Hoyland (52)

13. Chris Dean (52)

12. Phil Burliegh (66)

11. Darcy Graham *

10. Jaco van der Walt (2)

9. Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (94)

1. Darryl Marfo (9)

2. Stuart McInally (110) CAPTAIN

3. Murray McCallum (26)

4. Ben Toolis (77)

5. Grant Gilchrist (108)

6. Magnus Bradbury (38)

7. Hamish Watson (77)

8. Viliame Mata (22)

Replacements: Neil Cochrane (61), Rory Sutherland (53), Matt Shields *, Lewis Carmichael (19), Jamie Ritchie (38), Sean Kennedy (55), Dougie Fife (93), Junior Rasolea (19).

Appearances in brackets

* Edinburgh competitive debut