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Bradley ready for Leinster challenge

Edinburgh will look to get 2013 off to the best possible start against Leinster in their RaboDirect PRO12 clash at Murrayfield on Friday night.

The capital club get the chance to atone for a tough end to last year which brought four defeats, with their last home victory coming against Ospreys at the end of November.

Head coach Michael Bradley said: "The competitiveness of the RaboDirect PRO12 is exceptional, and there are few tougher challenges than hosting the current European champions. However, while we have a lot of respect of Leinster, we don't fear them and we are fully focused on kick-starting the New Year at home after a tough December."

He added: "We ran them close in Dublin earlier in the season and are looking forward to having another crack at them at home tomorrow night at Murrayfield."

The one change to Edinburgh's back-line sees Kiwi centre Ben Atiga start his first match since injuring his knee in October, partnering Matt Scott in midfield.

Willem Nel has recovered from the hamstring strain that ruled him out of last weekend's loss to Glasgow Warriors, and is preferred to Geoff Cross at tighthead prop.

Stuart McInally returns to the fold on the blind-side flank, with David Denton starting at number eight.

The introduction of Georgia international Dimitri Basilaia completes a physical, ball-carrying back row, with his second start since arriving at the club in the summer.

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