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Dickinson back in Edinburgh action

Scotland prop Alasdair Dickinson will make his first Edinburgh appearance in over two months as the capital club take on Benetton Treviso on Friday night.

The loosehead front-rower has not played for the Gunners since the 24-10 win over Dragons back on October 11 as Dark Blues duty and then Achilles problems kept him out.

But he is one of four changes to the side which beat London Welsh in the European Challenge Cup last week who will now take on the Italian Guinness Pro12 basement boys at BT Murrayfield.

Sam Beard moves up from the bench to start at outside centre in place of Matt Scott, who picked up a hip flexor injury in last Sunday's match.

Dickinson replaces Rory Sutherland, out with an ankle knock, while fellow Scotland forward David Denton returns from a two-week injury lay-off to take the number eight jersey as captain Mike Coman moves to blindside flanker.

Head coach Alan Solomons said: "Whilst it is great to have Dicko and Dents in action, it is disappointing to lose Matt Scott to injury, just as he was starting to hit his straps.

"Despite our injury problems we are still able to field a competitive side in what is an important match for us in our domestic competition."

The two sides have met on eight previous occasions - with four wins apiece - and last met at Murrayfield in October 2013, the home side running out winners after tries from Willem Nel and Greig Tonks.

Although Treviso have yet to register a win in the last 16 matches, since beating Dragons in April, they did register a great 24-all draw at home to Leinster at the end of November.


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