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HODGE RECALLED TO TAKE ON ULSTER ON FRIDAY

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Edinburgh: Leonelli, Paterson, captain, Dewey, Di Rollo, Webster, Hodge, Blair, Hewett, Hall, Smith, Kellock, Murray. Back row from: Mustchin, Hogg, Cross, Taylor, Satala, Callam, Strokosch.
Subs: Kelly, Jacobsen, Pringle, An Other, Lawson, Godman, Southwell.


Subs: Kelly, Jacobsen, Pringle, An Other, Lawson, Godman, Southwell.

EDINBURGH Gunners coach Frank Hadden today recalled Duncan Hodge for Friday's crucial Celtic League visit to Ulster.

The return of the former Calcutta Cup hero at stand off for Phil Godman is the only change behind the scrum although, once again, Hadden is keeping his options open in the back row where Simon Taylor is keen to resume a career interrupted by injury.

Hadden said: "Duncan needs an opportunity to show what he can do."

Godman has appeared in both Edinburgh's wins over Llanelli and Connacht that have taken them to the top of the table and Hadden said it was no reflection on the 23-year-old that he has to stand aside on this occasion. "What is important is that we have two stand offs putting pressure on each other.

"In Duncan's case he is a top quality player who has been out of action for a long time.

"Understandably he is desperate to get back playing again."

For Hodge it will be a comeback on a pitch where he has enjoyed some of his finest rugby moments including a last minute drop goal to earn Edinburgh a 38-38 European Cup draw a few years ago.

More recently he was part of an Edinburgh team which won at Ravenhill three years ago before going off for a spell at Leeds.

Ulster have made two changes with Kieran Campbell and Matt McCullough included after recovering from knocks sustained in the win at Cardiff last weekend.

Ulster: Wallace, Bowe, Maggs, Steinmetz, Trimble, Humphreys, Campbell, Fitzpatrick, Shields, S Best, captain, Harrison, McCullough, N Best, McMillan, Wilson.
EDINBURGH Gunners coach Frank Hadden today recalled Duncan Hodge for Friday's crucial Celtic League visit to Ulster.

The return of the former Calcutta Cup hero at stand off for Phil Godman is the only change behind the scrum although, once again, Hadden is keeping his options open in the back row where Simon Taylor is keen to resume a career interrupted by injury.

Hadden said: "Duncan needs an opportunity to show what he can do."

Godman has appeared in both Edinburgh's wins over Llanelli and Connacht that have taken them to the top of the table and Hadden said it was no reflection on the 23-year-old that he has to stand aside on this occasion. "What is important is that we have two stand offs putting pressure on each other.

"In Duncan's case he is a top quality player who has been out of action for a long time.

"Understandably he is desperate to get back playing again."

For Hodge it will be a comeback on a pitch where he has enjoyed some of his finest rugby moments including a last minute drop goal to earn Edinburgh a 38-38 European Cup draw a few years ago.

More recently he was part of an Edinburgh team which won at Ravenhill three years ago before going off for a spell at Leeds.

Ulster have made two changes with Kieran Campbell and Matt McCullough included after recovering from knocks sustained in the win at Cardiff last weekend.

Ulster: Wallace, Bowe, Maggs, Steinmetz, Trimble, Humphreys, Campbell, Fitzpatrick, Shields, S Best, captain, Harrison, McCullough, N Best, McMillan, Wilson.
Subs: R Best, Young, Frost, Feather, Spee, Larkin, Topping.


Subs: Kelly, Jacobsen, Pringle, An Other, Lawson, Godman, Southwell.

EDINBURGH Gunners coach Frank Hadden today recalled Duncan Hodge for Friday's crucial Celtic League visit to Ulster.

The return of the former Calcutta Cup hero at stand off for Phil Godman is the only change behind the scrum although, once again, Hadden is keeping his options open in the back row where Simon Taylor is keen to resume a career interrupted by injury.

Hadden said: "Duncan needs an opportunity to show what he can do."

Godman has appeared in both Edinburgh's wins over Llanelli and Connacht that have taken them to the top of the table and Hadden said it was no reflection on the 23-year-old that he has to stand aside on this occasion. "What is important is that we have two stand offs putting pressure on each other.

"In Duncan's case he is a top quality player who has been out of action for a long time.

"Understandably he is desperate to get back playing again."

For Hodge it will be a comeback on a pitch where he has enjoyed some of his finest rugby moments including a last minute drop goal to earn Edinburgh a 38-38 European Cup draw a few years ago.

More recently he was part of an Edinburgh team which won at Ravenhill three years ago before going off for a spell at Leeds.

Ulster have made two changes with Kieran Campbell and Matt McCullough included after recovering from knocks sustained in the win at Cardiff last weekend.

Ulster: Wallace, Bowe, Maggs, Steinmetz, Trimble, Humphreys, Campbell, Fitzpatrick, Shields, S Best, captain, Harrison, McCullough, N Best, McMillan, Wilson.
EDINBURGH Gunners coach Frank Hadden today recalled Duncan Hodge for Friday's crucial Celtic League visit to Ulster.

The return of the former Calcutta Cup hero at stand off for Phil Godman is the only change behind the scrum although, once again, Hadden is keeping his options open in the back row where Simon Taylor is keen to resume a career interrupted by injury.

Hadden said: "Duncan needs an opportunity to show what he can do."

Godman has appeared in both Edinburgh's wins over Llanelli and Connacht that have taken them to the top of the table and Hadden said it was no reflection on the 23-year-old that he has to stand aside on this occasion. "What is important is that we have two stand offs putting pressure on each other.

"In Duncan's case he is a top quality player who has been out of action for a long time.

"Understandably he is desperate to get back playing again."

For Hodge it will be a comeback on a pitch where he has enjoyed some of his finest rugby moments including a last minute drop goal to earn Edinburgh a 38-38 European Cup draw a few years ago.

More recently he was part of an Edinburgh team which won at Ravenhill three years ago before going off for a spell at Leeds.

Ulster have made two changes with Kieran Campbell and Matt McCullough included after recovering from knocks sustained in the win at Cardiff last weekend.

Ulster: Wallace, Bowe, Maggs, Steinmetz, Trimble, Humphreys, Campbell, Fitzpatrick, Shields, S Best, captain, Harrison, McCullough, N Best, McMillan, Wilson.
Subs: R Best, Young, Frost, Feather, Spee, Larkin, Topping.


Subs: Kelly, Jacobsen, Pringle, An Other, Lawson, Godman, Southwell.

EDINBURGH Gunners coach Frank Hadden today recalled Duncan Hodge for Friday's crucial Celtic League visit to Ulster.

The return of the former Calcutta Cup hero at stand off for Phil Godman is the only change behind the scrum although, once again, Hadden is keeping his options open in the back row where Simon Taylor is keen to resume a career interrupted by injury.

Hadden said: "Duncan needs an opportunity to show what he can do."

Godman has appeared in both Edinburgh's wins over Llanelli and Connacht that have taken them to the top of the table and Hadden said it was no reflection on the 23-year-old that he has to stand aside on this occasion. "What is important is that we have two stand offs putting pressure on each other.

"In Duncan's case he is a top quality player who has been out of action for a long time.

"Understandably he is desperate to get back playing again."

For Hodge it will be a comeback on a pitch where he has enjoyed some of his finest rugby moments including a last minute drop goal to earn Edinburgh a 38-38 European Cup draw a few years ago.

More recently he was part of an Edinburgh team which won at Ravenhill three years ago before going off for a spell at Leeds.

Ulster have made two changes with Kieran Campbell and Matt McCullough included after recovering from knocks sustained in the win at Cardiff last weekend.

Ulster: Wallace, Bowe, Maggs, Steinmetz, Trimble, Humphreys, Campbell, Fitzpatrick, Shields, S Best, captain, Harrison, McCullough, N Best, McMillan, Wilson.
EDINBURGH Gunners coach Frank Hadden today recalled Duncan Hodge for Friday's crucial Celtic League visit to Ulster.

The return of the former Calcutta Cup hero at stand off for Phil Godman is the only change behind the scrum although, once again, Hadden is keeping his options open in the back row where Simon Taylor is keen to resume a career interrupted by injury.

Hadden said: "Duncan needs an opportunity to show what he can do."

Godman has appeared in both Edinburgh's wins over Llanelli and Connacht that have taken them to the top of the table and Hadden said it was no reflection on the 23-year-old that he has to stand aside on this occasion. "What is important is that we have two stand offs putting pressure on each other.

"In Duncan's case he is a top quality player who has been out of action for a long time.

"Understandably he is desperate to get back playing again."

For Hodge it will be a comeback on a pitch where he has enjoyed some of his finest rugby moments including a last minute drop goal to earn Edinburgh a 38-38 European Cup draw a few years ago.

More recently he was part of an Edinburgh team which won at Ravenhill three years ago before going off for a spell at Leeds.

Ulster have made two changes with Kieran Campbell and Matt McCullough included after recovering from knocks sustained in the win at Cardiff last weekend.

Ulster: Wallace, Bowe, Maggs, Steinmetz, Trimble, Humphreys, Campbell, Fitzpatrick, Shields, S Best, captain, Harrison, McCullough, N Best, McMillan, Wilson.
Subs: R Best, Young, Frost, Feather, Spee, Larkin, Topping.