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Bradley rings changes

Edinburgh head coach Michael Bradley has changed all but two of his team for their return fixture against Glasgow on New Year's Day.

Only Kyle Traynor and Netani Talei keep their places after Edinburgh twice blew a 10-point lead in a 23-23 draw at Murrayfield on Boxing Day.

The likes of Scotland internationals Simon Webster, Alan MacDonald and Phil Godman all return to the front line while Jim Thompson and John Houston are back from injury.

Bradley has one eye on future fixtures and the tight Firhill pitch in making such sweeping changes for the second leg of the 1872 Cup, which doubles as a RaboDirect Pro12 encounter.

He said: "Sunday will be very different to our match at Murrayfield, with the tighter confines of Firhill and the importance of challenging our whole squad ahead of a season-defining month, influencing our approach.

"After Glasgow we have a five-day turnaround to an important home match against Ulster before we return to Heineken Cup rugby.

"The challenge for us as coaches is to get the best out of our squad over the course of this crucial period.

"It speaks volumes for the squad that we're in a position to field another very strong side in our second match against Glasgow, with an opportunity for these players to show they deserve to be part of another huge month for Edinburgh Rugby.

"There's plenty of experience in this squad, who are very motivated by this opportunity to perform and are confident in their ability to go one better than their colleagues this Sunday."


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