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Bradley makes wholesale changes

Head coach Michael Bradley has made six changes as Edinburgh go in search of a victory over Racing Metro in Heineken Cup Pool Two in Paris which would continue their bid to qualify for the knockout stages.

Edinburgh won the corresponding fixture 48-47 at Murrayfield, their six tries in the contest edging them ahead of Cardiff Blues, who are level on points, at the top of the table ahead of Friday's penultimate first-round fixture. London Irish are the opposition in the final clash on January 22.

The key change to the XV from last week's loss to Ulster is at half-back, where Mike Blair returns at scrum-half and captain Greig Laidlaw switches to fly-half, with Phil Godman dropping to the bench.

Wing Lee Jones and centre Matt Scott are recalled, with Tom Brown named on the bench and James King out of the squad with a groin injury.

Grant Gilchrist has been named at second row, with Esteban Lozada dropping out, while Ross Rennie and David Denton start in the back row in place of Roddy Grant and Stuart McInally.

Bradley knows another momentous performance is required against Racing to move one step closer to the quarter-finals of European Cup competition for only the second time.

He said: "This is a huge game for Edinburgh Rugby. We need to start putting a bit of distance between ourselves and the teams that can qualify from this very close group.

"We scored six tries against them at Murrayfield but they played a game that really we couldn't touch defensively, so a lot of work has gone into that area to improve some key elements and hopefully they'll ring true in couple of days' time.

"We need to play in the right areas, keep the pace of the game up and not let Racing Metro get any sort of momentum.

"Edinburgh Rugby's ability to play a high-tempo game is going to be a key factor in this match."


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