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Gunners Team to Play Perpignan



Edinburgh Rugby team to play Perpignan in the Heineken Cup at Murrayfield on Sunday 16 January, kick-off 1pm

15 Hugo Southwell

14 Craig Joiner
13 Brendan Laney
12 Ben MacDougall
11 Simon Webster

10 Phil Godman
9 Mike Blair/Rory Lawson

1 Allan Jacobsen
2 Andrew Kelly
3 Craig Smith
4 Alastair Kellock
5 Scott Murray
6 Todd Blackadder CAPTAIN
8 Allister Hogg
7 Alasdair Strokosch

Substitutes
16 Dougie Hall
17 Alasdair Dickinson
18 Fergus Pringle
19 David Callam
20 A N Other
21 Marcus Di Rollo
22 Derrick Lee

Edinburgh Rugby coach Frank Hadden has made eight changes, of which three are positional, to the side that lost to Gwent Dragons last week.

In the backs, Hugo Southwell moves from wing to fullback, Craig Joiner returns on the wing and Brendan Laney moves from stand-off to centre to be replaced by Phil Godman in the half-back slot. Simon Webster returns from a long term knee injury into his familiar berth on the wing.

In the forwards, the front row is unchanged but Alastair Kellock returns in place of Fergus Pringle, who moves to the bench, Todd Blackadder returns to the back row to captain the side and Alasdair Strokosch switches to openside.

Hadden said: "We have got a bit of an injury concern at scrum-half but both Mike and Rory trained today so we are going to wait until Saturday to make a decision on who goes into battle. Jamie Blackwood (Watsonians) is also on stand-by."

Captain Todd Blackadder said: "Our concentration this week has been on training well. We've done a lot of work on our defence and we've looked closely at our lineout. Last week was very disappointing so it was just back to the drawing board and to put in a lot of hard work at training. It is important that we go out there on Sunday and play well and get a win in the Heineken Cup."

Hadden backed up his captain's feelings saying: "The quality of our training has progressed over the past few weeks and we feel we are ready to perform on Sunday. We gave a good account of ourselves in Perpignan last time round. We put them under pressure and made it very difficult for them. We now want to see if they can cope when we actually start to attack them."

On his return to the side after almost two months injury, Simon Webster said: "I'm very pleased to be back. It's great to have a game at the end of the week to look forward to. I've been out for a while and I'm more than ready to play again."