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Paterson and King retain places

Chris Paterson and James King are the only backs to retain a place in the starting line-up for Edinburgh's RaboDirect PRO12 match against Aironi at Murrayfield following last weekend's defeat to Munster.

The pair are joined by returning wingers Lee Jones and Tim Visser, centre Nick De Luca and young stand-off Harry Leonard, who made his debut against the Italians in September.

The club's international front-row trio of Allan Jacobsen, Ross Ford and Geoff Cross also return and pack down ahead of Argentine international Esteban Lozada and Grant Gilchrist at lock. The pack is completed by a back-row trio of Sean Cox, who recently put pen to paper on a two year deal, Roddy Grant and David Denton at number eight.

Edinburgh head coach Michael Bradley said: "This is a big match for us because we lost to Aironi over in Italy. They played better than we did on the day and their set-piece dominated us.

"We do not want to lose twice to Aironi in a single season. We have to back up our European performances.

"With 25 minutes to go in the Racing Metro match the crowd were off their feet, they were clapping and roaring on the boys and to us on the sideline it was almost inevitable that we would get the try we needed.

"They all shared in a fantastic day and were a crucial part of that win. This is exactly what we need to impose our home advantage when teams come to Murrayfield."


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