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Ford demands a response

Edinburgh skipper Ross Ford has told his team-mates it is time to stand up and be counted after last week's Ospreys disaster.

The Scotland hooker will return to the line-up after sitting out the 62-13 humiliation at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea.

But the captain has told his team there can be no more half-measures when they welcome Scarlets to the BT Murrayfield Stadium on Friday night following back-to-back Guinness Pro12 defeats.

He said: "We're expecting Scarlets to want to play a very fast, expansive game. They're a very dangerous team and we need to front up."

Scotland lock Grant Gilchrist also returns to the match-day 23 after missing last week's humbling display in Wales, while there are eight changes to head coach Alan Solomons' starting line-up.

Greig Tonks is promoted from the bench to start at full-back, while Sam Beard is handed the outside centre berth. Rested last weekend, Sean Kennedy starts at scrum half, while Jack Cuthbert moves to the right wing.

In the forwards, Ford returns at hooker and John Andress moves from the bench to tighthead. Ollie Atkins, meanwhile, will partner Anton Bresler in the second row.

Coming on to the bench and potentially making his Edinburgh Rugby debut, after putting in a shift for the A team earlier this week, is prop Allan Dell and returning from injury is vice captain and lock, Grant Gilchrist.

Gilchrist said: "I'm delighted to be back and can't wait to get out there with the boys on Friday. "Scarlets will be a tough challenge, they have some top players and are off the back of a big win last weekend."

Solomons added: "It is good to have Fordy and Gilcho back in action. They will add a great deal to the team, not only from a playing perspective but also, more importantly, from a leadership perspective.

"We are all looking forward to the game and relish the challenge it presents."


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