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Johnson enjoying Edinburgh success

Scotland head coach Scott Johnson admits Edinburgh's revival under Alan Solomons is making his job easier.

The Australian has named a 36-man squad ahead of the RBS 6 Nations, which gets underway when his side travel to Dublin to face Ireland on February 2.

Among his group are 16 Glasgow Warriors and another 11 from Edinburgh - which is four more Murrayfield men than he selected at this stage last year.

At that point, Edinburgh were struggling under former boss Michael Bradley but South African Solomons has led the capital club to six wins out of their last nine matches, while they are also on the verge of sealing a Heineken Cup quarter-final slot.

And that has encouraged Johnson as he seeks to build on last year's Six Nations third-place finish.

Johnson, who has also handed Edinburgh winger Dougie Fife his first Scotland call-up, told Press Association Sport: "It's nice to have Edinburgh doing well. Winning breeds confidence.

"We have a lot of young players going into big games and learning to compete against quality opposition.

"They have had a tough old run but have done pretty well, so it's nice to see a couple of them come back into form.

"It's good for Scotland. It doesn't matter what hat I wear, I want Scottish kids to compete and do well and it's nice to have both Scottish pro teams doing well."


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