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Gunners Team to Face Llanelli

Injuries Force Changes



Edinburgh Gunners' interim head coach Todd Blackadder has brought last week's match-winning try scorer Simon Webster onto the left wing for tomorrow's Heineken Cup clash with Llanelli Scarlets at Stradey Park (kick-off 3pm).

Francisco Leonelli has been forced to withdraw from the game, suffering from a throat infection so Matt Dey will take Webster's place on the bench. Substitute Alasdair Dickinson has also been forced out having failed to recover from a bruised shoulder. Stewart's Melville FP captain Paul Wharakura will replace Dickinson on the bench.

Revised team:

15 Hugo Southwell
14 Chris Paterson CAPTAIN
13 Marcus Di Rollo
12 Peter Jorgensen
11 Simon Webster
10 Phil Godman
9 Rory Lawson *

1 Allan Jacobsen
2 Dougie Hall
3 Craig Smith
4 Alastair Kellock *
5 Scott Murray
6 Matt Mustchin
8 Simon Taylor
7 Allister Hogg *

Substitutes
16 Andrew Kelly *
17 Paul Wharakura
18 Fergus Pringle
19 Alasdair Strokosch *
20 Jamie Blackwood *
21 Duncan Hodge
22 Matt Dey

* indicates member of the Scottish Institute of Sport

Prior to these latest changes Edinburgh Gunners' interim head coach Todd Blackadder had made two enforced changes to the side that beat London Wasps 32-31 in the first round of Heineken Cup pool matches last Sunday.

Scrum-half Rory Lawson comes in for Mike Blair who picked up a shoulder injury 55 minutes into Sunday's victory. Blair has made good progress this week but Blackadder has opted for Lawson with Watsonians' Jamie Blackwood taking his place on the bench.

In the front row, Allan Jacobsen steps up from the bench in place of Dave Hewett who has been forced out after taking a knock on his right calf.

The Gunners return to Stradey Park this weekend having triumphed there in the opening Celtic League match of the season, running out 21-15 winners. Blackadder said: "The mindset for us this week is that we know we can go there and win but this is a totally different ball game.

"There is no bigger match for both teams and to give ourselves a chance in this competition we have to go down there and win. If we don't carry on after Sunday then it has all been for nothing," he added.

Captain Chris Paterson said: "Llanelli will admit that they didn't play well that night and opening games are always a bit of a lottery. They are a quality side so we'll have to be on top of our game on Saturday."