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Dragons v Edinburgh. Team News.



Simon Taylor will make his first appearance of the season for Edinburgh tomorrow night in their Magners League match against Newport Gwent Dragons at Rodney Parade.

The double British Lion and Scotland No 8 has been out since injuring his left knee in the game against Connacht on 5 May. He underwent a successful reconstruction of the medial ligament the same month. Since then he has since been working with the club's physiotherapists, with one-to-one support from specialist staff at the Scottish Institute of Sport, in particular Scott Crawford, who has worked closely with Edinburgh's physio Stephen Mutch and fitness coach Neill Potts.

Speaking on Taylor's return, head coach Lynn Howells said: "Simon returned to full training this week and as a result, we have named him in the back row in our starting fifteen. We have so many players on international duty so it's good to have him back, and a gradual return to training and contact work has allowed Simon to train fully with Edinburgh this week."

Edinburgh's recent signing Chris  Bentley and Currie's Alastair Warnock have been named on the bench, with five apprentice players in the 22. Duncan Hodge will captain the side.

Edinburgh's newest signing may have his first opportunity for the side tomorrow night after being confirmed in the 22 for the game against Newport Gwent Dragons at Rodney Parade. Lucio Lopez Fleming has been named on the Edinburgh bench.

Unavailable due to injury: Matt Dey (leg), Allister Hogg (knee)

Edinburgh team v Newport Gwent Dragons, Rodney Parade, Friday 10 November, kick off 7.10pm

15         Ander Monro

14         Mike Pyke
13         Andrew Easson
12         Ben Cairns
11         David McCall

10         Duncan Hodge (captain)
9          Greig Laidlaw

1          Dave Hewett
2          Andrew Kelly
3          Alasdair Dickinson
4          Matt Mustchin
5          Steven Turnbull
6          Alasdair Strokosch
7          Alan MacDonald
8          Simon Taylor

Substitutes

16         Steven Lawrie
17         Kyle Traynor
18         Chris Bentley
19         Ross Rennie
20         Simon Cross
21         Alastair Warnock (Currie RFC)
22         Lucio Lopez Fleming