Sunday 25 June 2017

Sexton boost for Blues as Edinburgh lose Godman

Hugh Farrelly

EDINBURGH will be without Scotland international out-half Phil Godman when they face Leinster in their crucial Magners League encounter tomorrow night at Murrayfield.

The Scottish outfit are without a win after three outings and face a Leinster side smarting from their shock loss away to Treviso last weekend.

However, while Joe Schmidt's side expect to name Ireland international Jonny Sexton back at out-half today, Edinburgh have been rocked by the news that Godman is likely to be out of action for at least six months after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee at training.

David Blair will start in Godman's place against Leinster, with last season's Scotland U-20 full-back Tom Brown brought on to the bench.

Meanwhile, Glasgow coach Sean Lineen is geeing up his troops ahead of the visit of league leaders Munster to Firhill tomorrow night.

Lineen has made three changes to the side that went down at home to Connacht last weekend, giving Duncan Weir his first start of the season at No 10 in place of Ruaridh Jackson, while Federico Aramburu comes in on the left wing for Scotland's Commonwealth Games Sevens star Hefin O'Hare. In the forwards, Moray Low starts at tight-head in place of Ed Kalman.

Lineen says the competition at out-half can only be good for the Warriors.

"I've been really encouraged by both players and how they are pushing each other upwards. It's great to have two such ambitious 10s," said Lineen.

"Munster are all about momentum. They are leading the Magners League and never play a bad game, so I'm looking forward to what should be an awesome night."

Munster face Leinster in Lansdowne Road the following weekend and it was announced yesterday that there are only 3,500 tickets left for the match that is set to smash the record attendance for a Magners League fixture -- set in the 'last stand' match between Leinster and Ulster four years ago.

Leinster say 47,500 tickets have been sold, but that there are still tickets available in all categories, priced between €30 and €70, from, the Spar shop in Donnybrook and the Leinster Rugby store.


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