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Paterson returns for Edinburgh

Scotland's points and appearance record holder Chris Paterson is included as one of four changes to the Edinburgh team to meet Connacht at Murrayfield in the Magners League on Friday.

Paterson made his 101st appearance for Scotland off the replacements' bench in last Saturday's 21-17 win over South Africa, but has not been included in the matchday 22 for Saturday's final EMC Autumn Test with Samoa at Pittodrie and has been named at full-back by Edinburgh.

Also included in the side are Stuart McInally, who will make his first Edinburgh start, Craig Hamilton and Tim Visser in four changes from the XV which began the win over Benetton Treviso earlier this month.

Hamilton replaces Scott MacLeod, who suffered a rib injury in Scotland's win over the Springboks, while McInally's inclusion at number eight sees Netani Talei switch to blindside flanker.

Tighthead prop Geoff Cross will make his 100th Magners League appearance should he come off the replacements' bench.

Also among the substitutes are lock forward Steven Turnbull and winger Andrew Turnbull, who are both in line to sample competitive Edinburgh action for the first time this season.

Edinburgh head coach Rob Moffat, whose side are looking for a fifth win in six Magners League meetings, said: "It's a big test for all of us on Friday.

"I've been watching Connacht pretty closely this season, and there is no doubt they have really moved up a gear and added a number of impressive things to their game.

"We'll need everyone to be switched on, and everyone to contribute.

"If we get that level of intensity and ambition right from the start, I've every confidence we can give the fans another positive performance and result."


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