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CONNACHT v EDINBURGH

Galway Sportsground, Sat 16 October @ 1430



Edinburgh: Derrick Lee, Chris Paterson, Marcus Di Rollo, Craig Joiner, Hugo Southwell, Brendan Laney, Rory Lawson, Allan Jacobsen, Dougie Hall, Craig Smith, Nathan Hines, Alastair Kellock, Todd Blackadder ©, Simon Cross, Allister Hogg

Replacements: Andrew Kelly, Joel Brannigan, Fergus Pringle, Alasdair Strokosch, Jamie Blackwood, Phil Godman, Simon Webster.



Connacht: Matt Mostyn, Ted Robinson, Darren Yapp, Mark McHugh, Niall O'Brien, Paul Warwick, Conor O'Loughlin Ray Hogan, John Fogarty, Stephen Knoop, Andrew Farley, Pieter Myburgh, Michael Swift, Matt Lacey, Mick Carroll.

Replacements: Bernard Jackman, Adrian Clarke, Christian Short, John Muldoon, Mike Walls, Eric Elwood, James Downey.


Frank Hadden, head coach, said: "Rory is starting this week. He is looking really sharp in training. It will be a fantastic opportunity for him. Simon Cross' injury in the summer has taken him longer than expected to get back to form, but he is now looking ready to play. Connacht is a strong side but we are pretty confident we are going in the right direction. We have made progress every week. It is vital we make more progress this weekend."

Chris Paterson commented: "It will be a very tough match this weekend. Connacht won in Wales last week and are playing with much more width this season. We will have to be at our best to get the win we need."