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Todd Rings Changes to Face Wasps

Dewey Returns After Lay-Off



Edinburgh Gunners' interim head coach Todd Blackadder has made eight changes, including three positional, to the team that beat Llanelli Scarlets 33-32 in the Heineken Cup at Murrayfield last weekend.

Rob Dewey returns from injury to come onto the right wing in place of club captain Chris Paterson, while Francisco Leonelli moves from the left wing to outside centre for Marcus Di Rollo. Michael Pyke wins promotion from the bench to fill Leonelli's berth on the wing.

Phil Godman has recovered from flu and returns at stand-off while Rory Lawson comes in at scrum-half. Alastair Kellock captains the side this week and moves from No 5 to four in the second row as Scott Murray returns to the starting line-up alongside. In the back row, Matt Mustchin switches from lock to the blindside of the scrum.

Blackadder said: "This game provides an opportunity to rest some of the players who have played consistently for the Gunners this season. We had examples last week where we rested players and that worked well for us - Andrew Kelly came in for Dougie Hall and had a great game."

"We'll go out there and take it to Wasps. We've got a lot of self belief and we want to finish the Heineken Cup on a high. It's one of those games that gives an opportunity to try a few things."

On the return of exciting back Rob Dewey, Blackadder said: "Rob has made a very speedy discovery. The work he has put in since the injury is immense and it's a credit to his work ethic that he's back so quickly from that."

Dewey said: "I'm a few weeks ahead of schedule. It has been hard work but Stuart Barton and Stephen Mutch are exceptional physios and I take my hat off to them for the help they have given me. I didn't expect to be back this quickly but I'm very pleased to be fully fit and playing again."

Edinburgh Gunners team to play London Wasps in the Heineken Cup at the Causeway Stadium on Saturday 21 January, kick-off 1pm

15 Hugo Southwell
14 Rob Dewey *
13 Francisco Leonelli
12 Matt Dey
11 Michael Pyke
10 Phil Godman
9 Rory Lawson *

1 Dave Hewett
2 Andrew Kelly *
3 Craig Smith
4 Alastair Kellock * CAPTAIN
5 Scott Murray
6 Matt Mustchin
8 Simon Taylor
7 Alan MacDonald *

Replacements
16 Dougie Hall
17 Alasdair Dickinson *
18 Alasdair Strokosch *
19 Simon Cross
20 Mike Blair *
21 Duncan Hodge
22 Marcus Di Rollo

* indicates member of the Scottish Institute of Sport