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Cairns enjoys Scottish rivalry

Scotland centre Ben Cairns has become a loyal servant for Edinburgh and is seeking to help the capital side establish cross-city dominance in Monday's derby with Glasgow.

Having begun his Magners League career playing for Glasgow, Cairns will line up for Edinburgh for the 100th time at Firhill.

The 25-year-old, who played one game on loan for the Warriors in 2006, said: "I don't like to admit that too much. I was an apprentice at Edinburgh and Glasgow were struggling through injuries for centres, so I went through on loan for the game against the Ospreys and came on. It was great to get that experience, make my debut and then return quickly back to Edinburgh."

The teams' intimate knowledge of each other should spice up the first game of a double-header, with the Warriors visiting Murrayfield on January 2.

Cairns added: "There's a lot of rivalry between the two teams, a lot of competition for Scotland places as well.

"We know each other really well. There are a lot of good head-to-head battles and we know if we win more of those then we'll come out on top.

"It's a good atmosphere, good rivalry. It's great to have that. It definitely raises the whole intensity of the games and we're really looking forward to it."

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