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Five changes for Edinburgh

Edinburgh head coach Rob Moffat has made five changes to his side for the Magners League match at Aironi on Saturday.

Jim Thompson makes his first appearance of the season, having recovered from knee surgery over the summer, in place of Chris Paterson, who took a knock to his left foot in the 32-24 success against Leinster on Friday.

Elsewhere, Greig Laidlaw and Kyle Traynor will start at nine and one respectively, with Mike Blair and Allan Jacobsen on the bench. In the back row, Fraser McKenzie is in for Delhi-bound Scott Newlands at blindside flanker and Alan MacDonald is back from the hip problem which he sustained against Cardiff at openside instead of Ross Rennie.

It is the first time Edinburgh have faced an Italian club in the competition, and Moffat said: "It's important we build on what we did well against Leinster on Friday, especially that spell in the second half where we scored three tries.

"This weekend is about improvement. We realise Aironi are searching for their first win but they will be tough opposition, particularly up front.

"We simply cannot afford to drop back into some of the individual errors we made in the first three league games."


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