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Viliame Mata, Alex Northam and Murray McCallum set for Edinburgh debuts

Edinburgh will hand out three full debuts in their Challenge Cup opener against Timisoara Saracens.

Tongan Olympic gold medallist Viliame Mata, former La Rochelle wing Alex Northam and 20-year-old prop Murray McCallum all make their first starts in Romania.

Acting head coach Duncan Hodge is looking to build on last weekend's 45-10 victory over Treviso.

Hodge said: "Although we are yet to play Timisoara, we have had a good look at them and fully expect a tough and physical battle up front.

"This is their first venture into the competition so we expect a real intensity and energy. We're looking forward to soaking it up in what should be an exciting match."


From Belfast Telegraph