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Team News for Boxing Day

There are thrilling match-ups in prospect all round in the teams announced for Monday's Boxing Day thriller at Murrayfield. Whilst most attention will be focused on the Blair/Cusiter tussle at the base of the scrum, I for one am really looking forward to the other half-back battle where Phil Godman will be taking on living legend Gregor Townsend.

This is a critical Celtic League match for both teams; if the Gunners are to mount a serious challenge then this is a must-win match. For the Reivers, this is their best chance yet to do the double over the Gunners.

It will also be a great chance for former Gunners coach Frank Hadden to run the rule over many players pressing a claim to be included in the Scotland team for the 6 Nations. The December trials may be a thing of the past, but this is as close as they get, and it adds a little extra edge to a match which already has much riding on it. Whatever happens, it should be a cracker, so give yourself a little extra present and get along to Murrayfield to see it.

Edinburgh Gunners:
15 Hugo Southwell
14 Chris Paterson (c)
13 Marcus Di Rollo
12 Peter Jorgensen
11 Simon Webster
10 Phil Godman
9 Mike Blair

1 Allan Jacobsen
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 Dave Hewett
18 Alasdair Strokosch
19 Alan MacDonald
20 Rory Lawson
21 Matt Dey
22 Francisco Leonelli

15 Stuart Moffat
14 Simon Danielli
13 Ben MacDougall
12 Charlie Hore
11 Nikki Walker
10 Gregor Townsend
9 Chris Cusiter

1 Paul Thomson (captain)
2 Ross Ford
3 Bruce Douglas
4 Scott MacLeod
5 Opeta Palepoi
6 Kelly Brown
8 Semo Sititi
7 Scott Gray

16 Tom McGee
17 Steve Scott
18 Colin Stewart
19 Andy Miller
20 Brendan McKerchar
21 Andy Rennick
22 Calum MacRae

Referee: Malcolm Changleng
Touch judges: Andy Ireland, Derek Burns