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Solomons warns of Scarlets threat

Edinburgh boss Alan Solomons has warned his side to be wary of ending up red-faced when they face the Scarlets on Saturday.

The Gunners get back down to Guinness Pro12 action following the completion of the RBS 6 Nations and know defeat in Llanelli will see them lose seventh place to their Welsh opponents and vital ground in the race for the top six.

Solomons said: "The Scarlets are unbeaten at home during this season and will be at full strength with all their Welsh internationals returning on a high.

"We all appreciate the importance of this match and are looking forward to the challenges it presents."

Scarlets will be able to call on the likes of Dragons hooker Ken Owens but Edinburgh are boosted by the return of six international players themselves.

Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, David Denton, Greig Tonks, Tim Visser, Hamish Watson and Ben Toolis are all included, although h ooker Ross Ford and prop Alasdair Dickinson have been given the weekend off.

Jack Cuthbert starts at full-back, while Tom Brown comes in for Dougie Fife - injured during Scotland's 40-10 defeat to Ireland last week - on the right wing.

Phil Burleigh comes in for Matt Scott, who is also still suffering from a shoulder knock picked up with Scotland. Andries Strauss and Visser are retained at inside centre and left wing respectively while Tonks and Hidalgo-Clyne again form the half-back partnership.

The pack is unchanged from the 28-9 win over Treviso earlier this month, with Rory Sutherland at loosehead, Stuart McInally at hooker and WP Nel at tighthead.

Anton Bresler and Ben Toolis form the second row, while captain Mike Coman starts at blindside, with Hamish Watson at openside and Denton at number eight.


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