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Scotland quintet back for Edinburgh

Five players return from Scotland duty straight into the Edinburgh team for Saturday's RaboDirect PRO12 match at Connacht.

Fly-half Greig Laidlaw, wing Tim Visser, centres Matt Scott and Nick De Luca and back row David Denton have been named to start in Galway, a week after defeat to Tonga in Aberdeen prompted Andy Robinson's resignation as Scotland head coach.

Denton's return at blindside flanker sees Sean Cox return to lock alongside Perry Parker, who impressed in his first start against Ospreys last week.

Hooker Andy Titterrell replaces injured former Scotland captain Ross Ford (shoulder) and Allan Jacobsen, who retired from Scotland duty earlier this month, is offered the chance to impress from the outset at loosehead prop.

Edinburgh head coach Michael Bradley returns to his former stomping ground seeking to follow up last Friday's win over Ospreys with another victory.

"It was very important that we got a win last weekend, we badly needed to get a 'W' on the board," Bradley said.

"It's been great for our confidence as we've prepared for Saturday's game.

"Connacht target the arrival of the visiting Scottish sides because they feel they've an excellent chance of winning those games.

"We've talked about that a lot at training this week as something we have to change.

"In the past we might not have brought the Scotland players straight back in and maybe given them the weekend off after the Tests, but it's vital that we build on the momentum from the Ospreys match, and have picked a strong side with the aim of doing just that."

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