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Visser on verge of comeback

Edinburgh winger Tim Visser will make his first start for six months during the RaboDirect PRO12 contest with Zebre in Italy on Saturday.

The Scotland international, who joins Matt Scott in the back division, made his first steps towards a comeback from a broken leg in the last five minutes of Edinburgh's 29-22 defeat by Cardiff last Friday.

Head coach Alan Solomons said: "Tim Visser and Matt Scott have played very little for us and that's been our loss.

"Tim is a very good finisher and it's excellent to have him in the side, though we shouldn't expect too much from him as this is really his first proper outing."

However, Solomons has fresh injury problems.

"Unfortunately our top two locks, Grant Gilchrist and Izak van der Westhuizen, are both out, so it's an opportunity for Ollie (Atkins) to play a leading role and for young Ben Toolis to come out of our academy and play for us," he said.

"He is still a young guy who has a lot to learn but he is an outstanding athlete with a lot of ability and potential."

Other changes in the pack see Roddy Grant and Wicus Blaauw come in for the rested Cornell Du Preez and Alasdair Dickinson, while Sean Kennedy and Carl Bezuidenhout team up as half-back partners.

The match has major significance in the race for qualification for the new-look European scene - Edinburgh need to close a 10-point deficit on Scarlets to finish in the top six while bottom club Zebre need to overtake Treviso.

Solomons added: " They are a side not to be underestimated, and were probably a little bit unlucky to lose against the Scarlets in Wales last weekend.

"They will certainly be stronger at home and go into the match with a lot to play for, because whoever finishes higher between them and Treviso will go into the European Rugby Champions Cup.

"They will be well motivated and will present us with a massive challenge."


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