EDINBURGH RUGBY: Stand-off stands in to European contention
Pictured: Stand-off Carl Bezuidenhout could feature against Perpignan at Murrayfield this Saturday
Edinburgh Rugby have added stand-off Carl Bezuidenhout to the club’s 37-man Heineken Cup squad ahead of this Saturday’s pool six match against Perpignan at Murrayfield Stadium (kick-off 6pm).
The club need to overcome the Frenchmen to stay in the hunt for the knockout rounds of European cup competition and have brought in the 27-year-old – recruited last month on a four-month trial to provide essential injury cover in the position – as an injury replacement for Piers Francis (foot).
Bezuidenhout’s arrival and subsequent selection has coincided with the departure of Tony Fenner, who has reached the end of his month-long loan/trial, while Francis and fellow fly-half Gregor Hunter (knee) remain sidelined with long-term injuries.
On a brighter note, stand-off Harry Leonard begins his comeback from injury (thigh) this Saturday for Gala, who face Leeds Carnegie in the British & Irish Cup at Netherdale.
Head coach Alan Solomons, said: “We brought Carl [Bezuidenhout] into the squad on a trial as well as to serve as injury cover. His availability presents us with selection options for Saturday’s match-day squad.
“He’s trained well with team since his arrival, while Greig Tonks has performed admirably since moving from full-back to fly-half so, despite still having injuries in this position, we go into the match in relatively good shape in that regard.”
Speaking on the departing Fenner – an unused replacement against Leinster and Glasgow Warriors – he added: “On behalf of Edinburgh Rugby I would like to thank Tony [Fenner] for his time at the club.
“He has been the consummate professional since he arrived and we wish him all the very best.”