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Grant gets nod for Exiles clash

Edinburgh head coach Michael Bradley has announced one personnel change to his side for Sunday's decisive Heineken Cup clash with London Irish at Murrayfield.

Back-row regular Roddy Grant's replacement of Ross Rennie is the only change to the team that kept the club joint top of Pool 2 last weekend with a 27-24 win over Racing Metro at the Stade du Manoir.

Edinburgh go into Sunday's match seeking a repeat of their Heineken Cup opener against the Irish Exiles in Reading and a place in the last eight of Europe's elite club rugby competition for the first time in eight years.

Bradley said: "This match is massive.

"It's very exciting for everyone involved in the club who have supported us throughout the group stages and who have been fixated on this match since the final whistle in Paris.

"It's a fantastic place for Edinburgh Rugby to be and we've had to work exceptionally hard in some of the most memorable matches in the club's history to get to this point.

"Sunday's match is the last obstacle to quarter-final qualification and will take another big performance from all the players to beat an impressive London Irish side that's riding high in the English Premiership."

The last and only time a Scottish side made the last eight was Edinburgh's appearance in 2004, with three members of Sunday's starting team targeting a return to the knockout rounds - full-back Chris Paterson, scrum-half Mike Blair and prop Allan Jacobsen.

Reflecting on the size of the occasion and the importance of the club representing Scotland on the big stage, Bradley added: "These are the games that coaches, players and fans want to be involved in and we need everyone's backing at Murrayfield this Sunday, in the city and across the country, for what could be landmark a day for Edinburgh Rugby."


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