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Andries Strauss aims to sign off with Edinburgh by sealing Champions Cup slot

Published 06/05/2016

Edinburgh's Andries Strauss (centre) is looking to mark his final appearance for the capital club with a victory over Cardiff Blues
Edinburgh's Andries Strauss (centre) is looking to mark his final appearance for the capital club with a victory over Cardiff Blues

Edinburgh centre Andries Strauss says he is determined to sign off from his Murrayfield stint by helping the capital outfit secure a Champions Cup slot.

Alan Solomons' men currently sit eighth in the Guinness Pro12 but can still book a place in next year's main European competition if things go their way this weekend.

The most straightforward method for that to happen would involve Edinburgh beating Cardiff Blues at home while sixth-placed Munster and Ospreys - who are seventh - walk away empty handed against Scarlets and Ulster respectively.

It may be a long shot but veteran South African Strauss - who was informed this week his contract was not being renewed following two years in Scotland - is hopeful.

The 32-year-old makes his 50th and final appearance against the Blues and said: "It's been a huge honour and privilege to play for Edinburgh Rugby over the last couple of years and to play my 50th game in what would be my last is extremely special and certainly something I'll remember for a long time.

"I'm grateful for every second I was allowed on the field and will cherish the memories I made with the team.

"This weekend is a vital game for us and one that could determine the success of our entire season.

"Cardiff have been playing some good rugby lately and they have improved as the season progressed. It will take a massive team effort from us to get the right result on the weekend.

"They are a very good attacking side and will test our resolve and willingness to work hard for each other, therefore it's absolutely crucial that we stick to our systems."

Solomons has made one change to his back division, with Dougie Fife - another heading for the exit door - starting in place of teenager Blair Kinghorn.

Scotland centre Matt Scott makes his final club appearance too before switching to Gloucester this summer.

The pack sees three changes, with Rory Sutherland moving up from the bench to replace the injured Alasdair Dickinson in the front row, while flankers Nasi Manu and Hamish Watson are also recalled.

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