Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Edinburgh make changes for Racing clash

Michael Bradley will be hoping Edinburgh can draw on last season's visit to Racing Metro

Edinburgh have made four changes for Saturday's trip to Paris, where Michael Bradley's men will aim to repeat last season's victory over Racing Metro and revive their Heineken Cup campaign.

A last-gasp drop-goal from Phil Godman saw Edinburgh beat Racing 27-24 at the Stade Yves du Manoir, before an astonishing 48-47 home win helped the Murrayfield men advance last term. After losses to Saracens and Munster in rounds one and two this term, Edinburgh need victory in Paris to enhance their hopes of progressing from Pool One.

"The matches against Racing Metro will live long in the memory of Edinburgh Rugby players and fans as famous nights in the club's history. However, I don't believe the memory of the matches will be lost on Racing Metro," head coach Bradley said.

"To score 47 points away from home and not win and to be defeated by a last second drop goal at home will have caused a great deal of hurt for the Racing players and management, a hurt for which they will seek revenge in these two games.

"Metro are an immensely physical team and have added more fire power to their squad since we last played. Like last season, our ability to cope with that, and their aggression, will be crucial to the outcome of this game."

All four Edinburgh changes following the 24-23 win at Connacht come in the tight five, with loosehead prop John Yapp, hooker Ross Ford and tighthead Geoff Cross back in the front row and Grant Gilchrist returning at lock.

Allan Jacobsen, Andy Titterrell, Willem Nel and Perry Parker start on the bench, alongside newly signed fly-half Piers Francis, who could make his debut.

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