GUNNERS TEAM TO FACE THE WARRIORS
Friday Night's Team News
Edinburgh Gunners team to play Glasgow Warriors in the Celtic League tomorrow (Friday 30 September) at Murrayfield, kick-off 7.30pm
15 Hugo Southwell
14 Chris Paterson CAPTAIN
13 Marcus Di Rollo
12 Rob Dewey *
11 Francisco Leonelli
10 Phil Godman
9 Rory Lawson *
1 Dave Hewett
2 Dougie Hall
3 Craig Smith
4 Alastair Kellock *
5 Scott Murray
6 Allister Hogg *
8 Simon Taylor
7 Simon Cross
16 Andrew Kelly *
17 Alasdair Dickinson *
18 Fergus Pringle
19 Alasdair Strokosch *
20 Mike Blair */Jamie Blackwood *
21 Duncan Hodge
22 Simon Webster
* indicates member of the Scottish Institute of Sport
The Edinburgh Gunners' coaching team, made up of Todd Blackadder, Dave Hewett, Carl Hogg, Scott Murray (vice-captain) and Chris Paterson (captain), this morning announced five changes to the side that beat the Ospreys 24-18 at Murrayfield on Sunday.
Scrum-half Rory Lawson will make his first start following a minor injury to Mike Blair's knee which he sustained in Sunday's win, props Dave Hewett and Craig Smith rejoin the side, as does Francisco Leonelli who will this week start on the left wing in place of Simon Webster, who drops to the bench.
A reaction to an injury sustained by Matt Mustchin on Sunday has opened the door for Simon Cross's return to the team at openside flanker. Allister Hogg switches to the blind side.
Speaking on behalf of the coaching team Todd Blackadder said: "It's a huge chance tomorrow. Glasgow have a good squad and they'll be disappointed with their results so far. They are due a good one.
"We don't see any of the changes as a step backwards. We have the luxury of being in a situation where we can bring players in and know that they are ready for it. It's our first local derby and we're looking forward to playing on Friday night. We were grateful to see all the supporters at Murrayfield on Sunday and we hope to see them back again," he added.
Meanwhile, several members of the Glasgow Warriors squad have this week been suffering from a flu-like bug, therefore availability of some players is yet to be confirmed for their match against Edinburgh Gunners at Murrayfield tomorrow evening (7.30pm).
Warriors head coach Hugh Campbell said: "A number of the guys have been suffering from sore throats and upset stomachs so to be fair to them we're giving them as long as we possibly can to get over it so we have the largest pool of players available to us for selection."
Front row from:
Stuart Corsar, Lee Harrison, Scott Lawson, Fergus Thomson, Kevin Tkachuk
Second row from:
Tim Barker, Craig Hamilton, Dan Turner
Back row from:
John Beattie, Paul Dearlove, Gregor Hayter, Steve Swindall, Andrew Wilson
Scott Barrow, Graeme Beveridge, Andy Craig, Calvin Howarth, Rory Lamont, Graeme Morrison, Hefin O'Hare, Dan Parks, Sam Pinder, Mike Roberts, Colin Shaw