Connect with us


Boffelli starts sold-out Gloucester clash



Boffelli starts sold-out Gloucester clash

Argentine internationalist Emiliano Boffelli makes his first start since reaching the semi-final stages of the Rugby World Cup as Edinburgh Rugby take on Gloucester Rugby at a sold-out Hive Stadium tomorrow night (13 January, kick-off 5.30pm) – live on Viaplay.

Boffelli is named at full-back as one of four changes made to the starting XV as Dave Cherry (hooker), Sam Skinner (lock) and Hamish Watson (back-row) all get the nod for Edinburgh’s first encounter with Gloucester since facing the Cherry and Whites in the 2015 Challenge Cup Final.

With Duhan van der Merwe rested, Wes Goosen shifts to the wing, allowing Boffelli to start at 15. Hooker Cherry takes the places of Ewan Ashman, with the latter named among the replacements.

Skinner – who has recovered from a knee injury to makes his first appearance since facing Romania in the Rugby World Cup – starts in the second-row, as Glen Young moves from the tight-five to blindside flanker.

British & Irish Lion Watson takes the place of the injured Jamie Ritchie (jaw) who is unavailable after picking up the injury in last month’s derby win over Glasgow Warriors.

Ahead of the European clash, Everitt said: “We’re really excited to get back to action after last month’s derby win and even more so with the news that Hive Stadium will be sold-out tomorrow night. It’s amazing to have that kind of backing from the Edinburgh supporters.

“We’ve made four changes for tomorrow night’s match – some through injury and others through rotation – and as always, we’re excited to see guys get their opportunity. Sam [Skinner] has been made to wait for his chance through injury and he will be champing at the bit to get back in the mix.

“Gloucester have been impressive in this tournament so far and will be looking to build on a good performance against Bath last weekend. We know we’ll have to be both physically and mentally ready for the challenge come kick-off.”

With Boffelli selected at full-back, Darcy Graham and Goosen are named on opposite wings.

An unchanged centre pairing sees Matt Currie – a try-scorer against Glasgow Warriors – and Mark Bennett combine in midfield as Scotland duo Ben Healy and Ali Price continue at half-back.

Hooker Cherry packs down alongside props Pierre Schoeman and WP Nel up front as Skinner links-up with skipper Grant Gilchrist in the middle-row.

Fijian number 8 Viliame Mata continues in the back-row alongside Young and Watson.


Edinburgh Rugby team to face Gloucester Rugby at Hive Stadium in the EPCR Challenge Cup
Saturday 13 January (kick-off 5.30pm) – live on Viaplay

15. Emiliano Boffelli (33)

14. Darcy Graham (63)
13. Mark Bennett (97)
12. Matt Currie (27)
11. Wes Goosen (21)

10. Ben Healy (10)
9. Ali Price (6)

1. Pierre Schoeman (106)
2. Dave Cherry (80)
3. WP Nel (195)
4. Sam Skinner (14)
5. Grant Gilchrist (196) CAPTAIN
6. Glen Young (33)
7. Hamish Watson (146)
8. Viliame Mata (125)


16. Ewan Ashman (10)
17. Robin Hislop (24)
18. Angus Williams (24)
19. Marshall Sykes (52)
20. Tom Dodd (4)
21. Ben Vellacott (48)
22. James Lang (45)
23. Harry Paterson (7)

Unavailable: Connor Boyle (neck), Luan de Bruin (back), Luke Crosbie (neck), Jamie Hodgson (ankle), Ben Muncaster (foot), Jamie Ritchie (jaw), Javan Sebastian (knee), Scott Steele (hip), Nathan Sweeney (hamstring), Duhan van der Merwe (rested).

Spread the word

Content & Images from – Edinburgh Rugby


Dan McFarland departs Ulster Rugby



Dan McFarland departs Ulster Rugby

3 minutes ago


Ulster Rugby and the IRFU can confirm that Dan McFarland will step down from his position as Head Coach.

After joining the club in 2018, McFarland has been the longest-serving Head Coach for the province in the professional era, with the club reliably securing play-off rugby in URC and EPCR competitions during his time at the helm, including reaching the PRO14 final in 2020.

Ulster Rugby CEO, Jonny Petrie, said:

“We would like to thank Dan for his determination in driving forward the professional squad over the past six seasons, and I would like to wish him and his family the best for the future on behalf of all at Ulster Rugby.”

The change to the Senior Men’s coaching set-up is with immediate effect, with Ireland U20s Head Coach, Richie Murphy, to link-up with the province as interim Head Coach until the end of this season following the Under-20s Six Nations. Bryn Cunningham, Head of Rugby Operations and Recruitment at Ulster Rugby, will also assume greater management responsibilities within the performance function during this time.

Assistant Coach, Dan Soper, will oversee operations next week ahead of Ulster facing Dragons at Kingspan Stadium in Round 11 of the BKT United Rugby Championship.

Petrie continued: “With Richie coming to Ulster in the coming weeks, ahead of the squad travelling to South Africa, our focus will be on consistently performing to the best of our abilities at this crucial time of the year.”

Images & Content – Ulster Rugby

Continue Reading


Edinburgh snap up Tigers lock



Lock Carmichael joins from Tigers

Edinburgh Rugby today secured the signing of promising 20-year-old Leicester Tigers lock Rob Carmichael on a three-year deal.

The 6ft 11in second-row arrived in the capital today on an initial loan until the end of the season, before the long-term move becomes permanent this summer.

Carmichael was born and raised in Hong Kong after his Scottish father, and English/Welsh mother, emigrated to Asia just under 30 years ago. He came through the ranks at Sandy Bay RFC before the family returned to the UK in 2019.

That year he joined the Tigers academy, making two Premiership Cup appearances alongside representing England U20, remaining eligible for Scotland by ancestry.

On joining Edinburgh Rugby, Carmichael said: “This is a massive move for me and an incredible opportunity I’ve been given. I’m delighted to join and I’m really glad I’ve been able to make the move to Edinburgh early on loan. I’ve only heard great things about the club.

“I’ve wanted to live in Scotland my whole life so I’m glad I’m able to make the move now. Edinburgh is an incredible city, while my parents and whole extended family are really excited that I’ve joined a Scottish club.”

Combining education with an academy contract at Tigers, Carmichael played BUCS Super Rugby at University of Nottingham where he studied Sports Science.

The towering lock was named in the England U20 squad for the 2023 U20 Six Nations where he featured in all five fixtures for the Red Roses.

Carmichael continued: “I’ve got a lot to learn about Edinburgh. I’ve only visited a couple of times but everything I’ve heard about the city and the club has been really positive. I couldn’t be more excited to move up.

“I think it’s going to be great for my development and I can’t wait to learn off the experienced second-rows at the club. I just want to add as much as I can to the team and see how much I can improve as a player. I know I’ve got loads to learn.”

Carmichael linked up with the club’s senior squad today as preparations continue for Edinburgh Rugby’s next BKT United Rugby Championship match against Ospreys at Hive Stadium on Friday 1 March.

Edinburgh Rugby Head Coach Sean Everitt said: “We’re delighted to welcome Rob [Carmichael] to the club. He’s a player with great raw ability who has all the physical tools to succeed at the next level.

“We’ve been looking at Rob for a while given his Scotland links and we’re thankful to Tigers who’ve released him on an initial loan. He’ll be able to get his feet in the door and hit the ground running ahead of joining on a long-term deal this summer.”

Spread the word

Content & Images from – Edinburgh Rugby

Continue Reading


Ulster ready for Ospreys challenge in Wales



Ulster ready for Ospreys challenge in Wales

4 minutes ago

Fixture News

Head Coach, Dan McFarland, has named his Ulster side to take on the Ospreys at Stadium in Round 10 of the BKT United Rugby Championship.

The province returns to action in the URC for the first time since defeating league leaders, Leinster Rugby, at the RDS Arena on New Year’s Day.

Ireland internationals Iain Henderson, Jacob Stockdale, Tom Stewart and Nick Timoney are back with the team, following their release from the Ireland team’s Guinness Six Nations camp.

The experienced front row sees Andrew Warwick start at loosehead, with John Andrew at hooker and Marty Moore starting at tighthead prop.

In the second row, Academy products, Harry Sheridan and skipper Iain Henderson, pair up as Ulster’s locks.

The back row sees David McCann start at blindside flanker. Marcus Rea starts at openside flanker, with Ireland international, Nick Timoney, starting at eight, as Ulster aim to win the battle at the breakdown in Swansea.

McFarland opts for the talented half-back pairing of Nathan Doak at scrum-half and Jake Flannery at ten.

Jacob Stockdale returns from international camp to start on the left wing as he hopes to continue his try-scoring form, with the winger having dotted down six tries this season in the URC so far.

The young and dynamic centre partnership sees Jude Postlethwaite join James Hume in the engine room of the backfield.

Mike Lowry starts on the right wing, with Will Addison completing the backfield at full-back.

Ulster can call on a wealth of talent and experience from the bench, with a 5:3 split that features a two time Rugby World Cup winner and a current Ireland international.

Tom Stewart is named on the bench as he returns from Ireland duty for the match.

Springbok prop, Steven Kitshoff, is named alongside Scott Wilson, Cormac Izuchukwu, Matty Rea, Dave Shanahan, Luke Marshall and Ethan McIlroy to complete Ulster’s replacement options.

Ospreys v Ulster, Round 10 of the BKT United Rugby Championship, Sunday 18 February, 3pm, Stadium (live on ViaPlay and

With the URC celebrating the people and communities behind the professional players competing in the league through its Origin Round this week, Ulster Rugby recognises the important role of clubs and schools in player development, with 11 of this weekend’s starting 15 having come through the Ulster pathway.

(15-9) Will Addison (Upper Eden RFC), Mike Lowry (Dromore RFC), James Hume (Instonians RFC), Jude Postlethwaite (Lisburn RFC), Jacob Stockdale (Ballynahinch RFC), Jake Flannery (Kilfeacle RFC), Nathan Doak (Lisburn RFC);

(1-8) Andrew Warwick (Ballymena RFC), John Andrew (Ballymena RFC), Marty Moore (Barnhall RFC), Harry Sheridan (Civil Service RFC), Iain Henderson (C) (Belfast Academy RFC), David McCann (Cooke RFC), Marcus Rea (Ballymena RFC), Nick Timoney (Blackrock RFC).

Replacements: Tom Stewart (Belfast Academy RFC), Steven Kitshoff (Maties RFC), Scott Wilson (Dromore RFC), Cormac Izuchukwu (Tullamore RFC), Matty Rea (Ballymena RFC), Dave Shanahan (Clontarf RFC), Luke Marshall (Ballymena RFC), Ethan McIlroy (Ballynahinch RFC).

For more info on #GrassrootsToGreatness, visit the URC website.

*For the URC Origin Round, details of each player’s first club are listed above.

Images & Content – Ulster Rugby

Continue Reading