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Hidlago-Clyne to get his chance

Edinburgh youngster Sam Hidlago-Clyne will get his chance to act as understudy to injured Scotland scrum-half Greig Laidlaw on Friday night after head coach Alan Solomons named him in the side to face Scarlets.

The capital club host their Welsh rivals at Murrayfield but will have to do without Laidlaw once more as he continues to battle back from a knee injury.

Former Stirling County number nine Sean Kennedy has started all three of the club's RaboDirect Pro12 fixtures so far but his place has now go to ex-Heriot's half-back Hidlago-Clyne after he impressed the club's South African coach with his displays from the bench.

Solomons said: "We're quite fortunate that despite losing a key international player, we have two very talented young Scottish scrum-halves in Sam and Sean, who are pushing each other very hard for the chance to start each week.

"Sam now deservedly gets this opportunity after five appearances off the bench.

"They're both still very young but are in excellent condition and show a lot of promise, which is great news for the club."

Hidalgo-Clyne's selection is one of four personnel changes to the backline, with centre Ben Atiga returning in place of the injured Dougie Fife (head knock).

Lee Jones starts in place of injured wing Tim Visser (head knock), while fellow Scotland internationalist, Jack Cuthbert, is selected in place of Nikki Walker.

The return of rotated front-row forwards Ross Ford (hooker) and Willem Nel (prop) are the only changes to the pack, while Argentine trialist Joaquin Dominguez could make his debut if called upon from the bench.

Solomons added: "Scarlets are another consistently impressive Welsh side, so will present another big challenge tomorrow night.

"Like us, they haven't had the kind of start they would have wanted and, having won in Edinburgh last year, will look at this match as an opportunity to put their campaign back on track.

"It's up us to front up to that challenge. We're playing at home in front of our own fans, so it's important that we go out there and deliver a vastly improved performance."

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