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Rennie finally ready to start

Edinburgh and Scotland flanker Ross Rennie will make his first start for eight months when his club take on Connacht in the RaboDirect Pro12 at Murrayfield on Friday night.

The 20-cap international has come off the bench in Edinburgh's last two games, against Ulster and Zebre, after recovering from surgery to the shoulder he originally damaged a year ago.

Edinburgh head coach Alan Solomons said: "Ross has had a long-term injury. We reintroduced him with 15 minutes in his first game against Zebre and a full half against Ulster.

"I think that a player of his calibre and experience, having had those two games, is ready to start.

"We need to see what he can do as a starter, so it's a great opportunity for Ross to show us what he is capable of."

Prop Alasdair Dickinson and number eight David Denton return from Scotland duty to bolster the pack, while captain Greig Laidlaw and Nick De Luca come into the backline.

However, fellow Scotland internationals Ross Ford (calf) and Grant Gilchrist (shoulder) are out with the injuries they suffered in Saturday's Test defeat by Australia.

Solomons added: " Connacht are always a difficult side. They were very unlucky to lose against Leinster and my experience in my time at Ulster is that they are always a tricky side to play - and funnily enough they are like that home or away.

"They have certainly caused some big upsets in their time and one certainly can't underestimate them.

"It is important to win your home games but I think, for us, it is still about continuous improvement week on week."


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