Leinster Preview

The wait is over for Edinburgh Rugby Club, after a long and turbulent summer the first match of the Magners League has finally arrived._ The team leaves for Dublin today to kick off their season against Leinster.

For many of the players this will be their first outing in the Magners League but not so for Ben Gissing who will face his old club, having spent 4 years with Leinster and scoring 10 tries in 73 matches which included 11 Heineken Cup matches, whereby he scored two tries.

Ben says "" I am really looking forward to the challenge and coming up against my old club mates, it" will be a very interesting match for me and one that I definitely want to win""

Henry Edwards Interim head Coach says ""With less than 1 day to go before we begin our Magners league campaign the squad have worked very hard and are prepared to take on the challenge of playing Leinster in Dublin. Confidence in the squad has been developed over the pre-season preparation period and we are looking forward to seeing how far we have progressed as a squad this is the start of the real stuff-these games are why the players work so hard in everything that they do.

Edwards added ""Both squads have players missing due to Rugby World Cup commitments-this however provides a great opportunity for some of our younger players to show what they are capable of. The pressure is as always on the home team to perform we travel to Dublin in good health and aim to show our supporters and ourselves how much progress we have made""

Simon Cross Captain says, "'the waiting is over, pre-season has finished, the preparations are done and it's time for this team to deliver._ I hope our pre season matches have given you reasons to believe that this is a team that will compete and be successful""

Cross added "'this is a team and a club that you can be truly proud of, we"ll give you everything on the pitch""

Tickets for all Edinburgh Rugby Clubs home matches are now available from the ticket hotline 0131 346 5180 or online on www.edinburghrugby.org.

Team to play Leinster

Saturday 22nd September 2007

15_Nick De Luca
14_Andrew Turnbull
13_Ben Cairns
12_John Houston
11_Andrew Maxwell

10_Phil Godman
9_Ben Meyer

1_Augusto Allori
2_Andrew Kelly
3_Geoff Cross
4_Matt Mustchin
5_Ben Gissing
6_Alan MacDonald
7_Ross Rennie
8_Simon Cross_Cpt

16_Steven Lawrie
17_Ryan Grant
18_Craig Hamilton
19_Roland Reid
20_Greig Laidlaw
21_Alistair Warnock
22_James Thompson

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