PREVIEW | Cockerill: "We've got some big games to try and win."

After a week’s break the squad return to Guinness PRO14 action this weekend, with Irish powerhouse Munster the visitors to BT Murrayfield this Friday night (kick-off 7.35pm).

In what is building up to be another crucial league clash in the race for end-of-season playoff positions, Head Coach Richard Cockerill emphasised the importance of the encounter, but accepted that the match kick-starts a run of tricky fixtures to close out the season.

“We’ve got a hell of a run in now until the end of the season to try and do something with the year,” explained Cockerill.

“We’ve obviously got Munster this Friday night, then Connacht away. Then you’re into Europe to face Cardiff, and then obviously a run in of Ulster, Scarlets and Glasgow – it’s tough isn’t it.”

“We’ve got some big games to try and win. We want to try and be in the playoffs; we’ve given ourselves the opportunity to be in the playoffs. Whether were good enough to stay there, we’ve yet to see.

The preparation this week has been good and we’re doing well. The snow last week is what it is, but after three tough games we had guys with bumps and bruises, so a little break probably didn’t hurt us too badly.”

The Head Coach also praised the impact of the returning Scotland squad members, who have provided reinforcement heading into Friday night’s fixture. With Ben Toolis, Magnus Bradbury, Cornell du Preez, John Hardie and Mark Bennett all returning from international duty, Edinburgh have more than a few selection headaches.

“It will be nice to get the Scotland boys back in, and that will really strengthen us in the front-row. Blair eventually coming back into the back-three will give us a real attacking threat, so look we’ve got everything to play for – we’re looking forward to it.”

Kinghorn – who marked his first Test start against Ireland with a well-taken try – will be a key figure in Edinburgh’s push for playoff rugby, and Cockerill highlights that international rugby will only improve the young fullback’s overall game.

“I think it will have been good for him. Every little bit of experience is good for him and it’s a bit of confidence that he can operate at that level, and hopefully that will make him feel even more confident at club level.

“Look, he’s still very young. He just turned 21 and he’s still learning the game, but he’s good enough to play at that level. You saw the bits at the weekend, when he got the ball, he was a threat. You’d like him to get more ball. He had a good finish and if he had got more of the ball, he may have had further opportunities.

“It’s good for him and its good for the club. We’ve got a back who’s starting for Scotland.”