Edinburgh Rugby head coach Michael Bradley has made three changes to his side for tomorrow night’s visit of Cardiff Blues in the opening match of the RaboDirect PRO12 at Murrayfield.
From the team that defeated Newcastle Falcons 20-17 last week, wing Tim Visser and centre Matt Scott return in place of the injured Tom Brown (dead leg) and John Houston, who drops to the bench.
Their reintroduction means that Lee Jones switches wings to accommodate the Dutchman, Jim Thompson moves to full-back and Simon Webster comes infield one place to take Thompson’s vacated outside-centre position.
Up front the only change sees promising prop Lewis Niven earn the starting berth at tight-head with Steven Lawrie, a try-scorer against the Falcons, winning the first battle with Andrew Kelly to start at hooker.
Young Grant Gilchrist will once again partner Steven Turnbull in the second row, with the trusted back-row trio of Sean Cox, Roddy Grant and David Denton also retaining the right to start the match.
The match is Bradley’s first competitive encounter at the capital club since he took the helm at the beginning of the summer and having come through back-to-back pre-season victories, he admits excitement is building.
He told www.edinburghrugby.org: “We’ve had a good week preparation-wise. The pre-season results went well for us in terms of competitive games, tough rugby matches and testing our systems.
“The results have given us confidence that if we play well we should get a positive result but make no mistake, tomorrow night will be a different ask.
“Cardiff will be an extremely competitive side in the RaboDirect PRO12 and would expect to be one of the top four play-off teams. That’s what we’re striving for so already we have an important match on our hands tomorrow night.”