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Cammy Hutchison and Freddie Owsley to start for Edinburgh

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Freddie Owsley of Edinburgh /PA

Edinburgh head coach Mike Blair has handed Cammy Hutchison and Freddie Owsley starts against Zebre as the push for silverware continues.

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Blair has brought in academy graduate Hutchison at inside centre after he came off the bench in last weekend’s emphatic win over Bath, while former Great Britain under-20 sprinter Owsley makes his third start of the season on the wing.

Blair has made six changes in all after the European Challenge Cup success, with Jaco van der Walt selected at full-back and forwards Dave Cherry, Glen Young and Mesulame Kunavula starting in place of Stuart McInally, Grant Gilchrist and Magnus Bradbury.

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Ahead of the United Rugby Championship game at the DAM Health Stadium, Blair said: “The games are coming thick and fast as we move into the business end of the season. We face another huge test this weekend against Zebre Parma.

“We’ve made a number of changes to the starting line-up and we’re excited to see guys take their opportunity. Young players like Cammy and Freddie have had to work hard and stay patient for their chance, so they’ll be fired up to pull on the Edinburgh jersey.

“The guys are playing with confidence but we know we’ll have to be switched on from the first whistle to get a result against a Zebre side that pushed us really hard in Parma. The crowd will once again have a big part to play in driving us forward. We can’t wait to get back out there at DAM Health Stadium.”

Edinburgh Rugby: Jaco van der Walt, Ramiro Moyano, Mark Bennett, Cammy Hutchison, Freddie Owsley, Blair Kinghorn, Henry Pyrgos (CAPT), Pierre Schoeman, Dave Cherry, Lee-Roy Atalifo, Marshall Sykes, Glen Yong, Ben Muncaster, Hamish Watson, Mesulame Kunavula

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Replacements: Adam McBurney, Harrison Courtney, Angus Williams, Jamie Hodgson, Connor Boyle, Ben Vellacott, James Lang, Matt Currie

Zebre Parma: Junior Laloifi, Jacopo Trulla, Erich Cronjé, Enrico Lucchin, Simone Gesi, Antonio Rizzi, Alessandro Fusco, Danilo Fischetti, Luca Bigi (CAPT), Ion Neculai, Gabriele Venditti, Andrea Zambonin, Liam Mitchell, Maxime Mbandà, Taina Fox-Matamua

Replacements: Giampietro Ribaldi, Paolo Buonfiglio, Eduardo Bello, David Sisi, Luca Andreani, Chris Cook, Timothy O’Malley, Lorenzo Pani

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Mzilikazi 2 hours ago
Is the Six Nations balance of power shifting?

An hugely interesting article. Thanks, Nick. Some seem to find this a poor 6 N, but I think it has thrown up a number of fascinating contests. Ofc the falling away of France is always going to be a major point of discussion. The loss of both half backs has hurt them for sure. But they should still be better. Both France and England could easily have been sitting with three defeats right now, especially France. In England’s case, I thought the try Mitchell scored against the Italians was lucky, as he was clearly held in the tackle , but carried on to the line without releasing and regaining the ball. The English blitz defence being talked about so much is still a work in progress, and Ireland, with their powerful men in both backs and forwards can do damage there. I also thought in last weekends game against Scotland, England were pushingtheir luck at the breakdowns, turning them into a chaotic brawl. A different referee may not see it their way so much against Ireland and France. Ireland’s front row does concern me. The starters have not always looked in control, and Andrew Porter is a worry, as he will now be very closely watched in these next two games. Tadgh Furlong is not the player he was at the set piece, and will need to be on his mettle against the very streetwise Genge at Twickenham. I really enjoyed the stats heavy approach in this article. So much that passes one by are brought starkly into the light of day. Finn Russell’s deadly accuracy, the significance of the Welsh backrow duo, Italy’s attacking drop of under a new coach, as they are coming much closer to winning in these games this year.

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