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Solomons seeks a milestone success

Head coach Alan Solomons has named an Edinburgh team that he hopes will put a gloss on the club's 100th appearance in the Heineken Cup on Sunday.

Standing in their way are English Premiership side Gloucester, who arrive in the capital for the first leg of a European Cup double header in a fiercely competitive pool.

All four teams in the group - which is completed by two-time champions Munster and French Top 14 side Perpignan - go into the weekend with one win from the opening two rounds, with Edinburgh and Gloucester level on four points.

The hosts can take confidence form their consistently improving home from, winning four consecutive matches ar Murrayfield, that started with their round one win over Munster in October.

Solomons said: "Winning engenders confidence, so we can obviously take something from these games, but we know this will be a very tough match. We are under no illusions about that.

"Gloucester are a good side. They have a very good back line with big, pacy, powerful individuals that present a number of defensive challenges, while you can never underestimate a Gloucester forward pack. They are a team that historically have been built on their forwards."

He continued: "At this stage the group is very tight, so this is a critical round. Clearly you have to try and win your home games, which is always important, but particularly in the Heineken Cup.

"We always strive to improve. This Sunday we are up against really good opponents in a top-flight competition, which presents a great opportunity for us."

Solomons has made two changes to the side that recorded a four-try win over Connacht last weekend, with Scotland forwards Ross Ford and Grant Gilchrist returning from calf and shoulder injuries respectively.

Consequently, Aleki Lutui and Ollie Atkins move to the bench where they are joined by scrum-half Grayson Hart who has been rewarded for his impressive form for Gala in the RBS Premiership, and Joaquin Dominguez, who replaces the ineligible Sam Beard.


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