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Unchanged Gunners to Face Sale

Henry Keeps The Faith



Edinburgh Gunners' interim head coach, Henry Edwards has kept faith with the team that beat Leeds Tykes 37-7 last week for Friday's pre-season friendly against Guinness Premiership champions Sale Sharks at Edgeley Park (kick-off 7.45pm).

The starting line-up remains the same for the final warm-up match before their opening Magners League tie against Ospreys on Saturday 2 September. Hugo Southwell comes onto the bench after a slight back strain kept him out of contention last week, and Craig Smith drops out due to injury calf strain. Others unavailable due to injury are Simon Cross thumb), Dave Duley (calf), Ander Monro (dead leg), and SimTaylor (knee).

Looking ahead to Friday's match, Edwards said: "We are keen to develop a bit of momentum heading towards the first league match and so have shown confidence in the same group of players who did well against Leeds last week. We are keen to make a few changes on the night to make sure as many of the squad as possible have valuable game time at this stage of the season.

"Sale will pose a different challenge because of their status and their strength in depth. We want to rise to that and raise the level of performance as we look ahead to the first league game against the Ospreys."


Edinburgh Gunners team to play Sale Sharks in a pre-season friendly at Edgeley Park tomorrow (Friday 25 August), kick-off 7.45pm

15 Ben Cairns
14 Chris Paterson (captain)
13 Marcus Di Rollo
12 Rob Dewey
11 Simon Webster

10 Phil Godman
9 Mike Blair

1 Dave Hewett
2 Dougie Hall
3 Alasdair Dickinson
4 Matt Mustchin
5 Scott Murray
6 Alasdair Strokosch
8 Allister Hogg
7 Ross Rennie

Substitutes

16 Andrew Kelly
17 Allan Jacobsen
18 Fergus Pringle
19 David Callam
22 Alan MacDonald
20 Greig Laidlaw
21 Duncan Hodge
23 Matt Dey
24 Mike Pyke
25 Hugo Southwell