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Bradley keeping players focused

Edinburgh head coach Michael Bradley has urged his team to focus on their RaboDirect Pro12 clash against Newport Gwent Dragons despite growing anticipation of their Heineken Cup quarter-final.

Edinburgh face three consecutive games at home with the visit of Scarlets followed by the cup clash with Toulouse on Easter weekend. About 25,000 tickets have been sold for the visit of the French club but Bradley wants to first reward those who turn up at Murrayfield on Friday - and move out of the bottom two.

Bradley said: "We must raise our efforts to achieve a much-needed victory. At no point have we lost sight of the importance of this weekend's game as an opportunity to address our position in the RaboDirect Pro12."

He added: "Naturally there are other elements at stake - the chance to rally support or gain winning momentum - however this week there is just one single objective, the rest will take care of itself."

Prop Jack Gilding starts in place of Ulises Gamboa while Bradley has made four changes to the back-line.

Harry Leonard starts at stand-off with Matt Scott and Dougie Fife starting in the centre while Chris Paterson returns at full-back, meaning Tom Brown starts on the wing.


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