Four Forwards In For Metro Match

Roddy Grant is part of an unchanged back-rowEdinburgh Rugby return to the scene of one of the most famous victories in the club's history tomorrow as their Heineken Cup campaign continues against Racing Metro 92 in Paris (kick-off 7pm local time).

The last time the club ran out at the Stade Yves du Manoir they completed a memorable double with a dying second-drop goal (27-24), having already defeated the Frenchmen at Murrayfield with the biggest comeback in the tournament's history, scoring four tries in 20 minutes to win 48-47.

Last season's result in Paris propelled the club to the top of their group with a game to go while, today (Friday), they travel in search of their first European win of the season, from the first of a mouth-watering double-header rematch with the big spending Frenchmen.

Losses to Saracens and Munster in rounds one and two are in stark contrast to last season's pool openers, with Edinburgh seeking to recapture the magic of Paris and keep their hopes of knockout cup rugby alive.

Head coach Michael Bradley, said: 'the matches against Racing Metro will live long in the memory of Edinburgh Rugby players and fans as famous nights in the club's history, however I don't believe the memory of the matches will be lost on Racing Metro.

Edinburgh Rugby team v Racing Metro
Stade Yves du Manoir (kick-off 7pm local time)

15 Greig Tonks""
14 Tom Brown"
13 Nick De Luca"
12 Matt Scott"
11 Tim Visser

10 Greig Laidlaw CAPTAIN"
9 Richie Rees

1 John Yapp"
2 Ross Ford"
3 Geoff Cross"
4 Grant Gilchrist"
5 Sean Cox"
6 David Denton"
7 Roddy Grant"
8 Stuart McInally""

Substitutes
16 Andy Titterrell"
17 Allan Jacobsen
18 Willem Nel"
19 Perry Parker"
20 Robert McAlpine
21 Piers Francis"
22 Dougie Fife"
23 Lee Jones
'to score 47 points away from home and not win and to be defeated by a last second drop goal at home will have caused a great deal of hurt for the Racing players and management, a hurt for which they will seek revenge in these two games.

"Metro are a immensely physical team and have added more fire power to their squad since we last played. Like last season, our ability to cope with that, and their aggression, will be crucial to the outcome of this game.

"We"ve seen from our recent performances, particularly our win over PRO12 champions Ospreys, that our pack has the ability to dominate the set piece and the contact area, and we will need a performance of that measure to establish a foothold in this game.

'do that and I believe we have the attacking options in midfield, out wide and from the bench to record another famous win in the French capital this Saturday."

Bradley has named four changes to the team to face Racing Metro in Paris, all of which are in the pack's tight five.

While the loose forwards and the starting back division are all unchanged, a fresh international front-row of John Yapp, Ross Ford and Geoff Cross come back to pack down alongside returning second-row Grant Gilchrist.

Their selection sees Allan Jacobsen, Andy Titterrell, Willem Nel and Perry Parker start on the bench, with a replacement appearance for Parker signalling his tournament debut.

Other notable inclusions on the bench are newly signed stand-off, Piers Francis, who could make his club debut from the bench, after replacing the injured Ross Rennie (shoulder) in the club's 38-man Heineken Cup squad, while international winger Lee Jones plots his recovery from a groin injury on the bench.

A week on Friday (14 December) Edinburgh Rugby will face the Frenchmen in the return leg of the double header at Murrayfield Stadium " a match which U18s can attend for free when an adult ticket is purchased in advance (before midnight Thursday).



Absent through injury: Ben Atiga (knee), Dimitri Basilaia (knee), Jamie Farndale (leg), James King (leg), Steven Lawrie (knee), Ross Rennie (shoulder), Netani Talei (knee), Steven Turnbull (knee).

Players released to RBS Premiership clubs in the British and Irish Cup:
Ben Cairns, Harry Leonard, Lewis Niven, Sep Visser (all Melrose).