Head coach Michael Bradley has named three changes to the Edinburgh Rugby side to face Munster at Murrayfield in the Heineken Cup this Sunday (kick-off 12.45pm).
Last season's semi-finalists have yet to secure a win from this season's pool rounds and run out at Murrayfield Stadium seeking to repay the faith of the home support and end their home showing in the competition on a high.
Standing in their way are two-time champions Munster, who arrive placed third in the group (three points behind Pool leaders Saracens and one behind Racing Metro) and in need of their first away win to propel them into knockout qualification contention.
Bradley, said 'this is our final home match in this competition and we would like to acknowledge the support that the fans have given us over the last couple of weeks with a big performance.
|Head coach Michael Bradley|
"We would take a lot of confidence from getting a win against Munster in this match and putting pressure on them in terms of quarter-final qualification.
'they haven't won away from home in this competition yet and will understand the importance of that to their chances of qualification, which makes them very dangerous.
'somebody's going to be disappointed on Sunday after the game and it's our intention that it will be Munster."
|Edinburgh Rugby team v Munster, Heineken Cup Round 5|
Murrayfield, Sunday 13 January (KO 12.45pm)
15 Greig Tonks
14 Dougie Fife
13 Ben Cairns
12 Matt Scott
11 Tim Visser
10 Greig Laidlaw CAPTAIN
9 Richie Rees
1 Allan Jacobsen
2 Steven Lawrie
3 Willem Nel
4 Grant Gilchrist
5 Sean Cox
6 Stuart McInally
7 Dimitri Basilaia
8 David Denton
16 Andy Titterrell
17 Robin Hislop
18 Geoff Cross
19 Netani Talei
20 Roddy Grant
21 Piers Francis
22 Ben Atiga
23 Sep Visser
Welsh international scrum-half Richie Rees returns to start, and reforms the half-back partnership with captain and stand-off Greig Laidlaw, instead of Piers Francis, who is on the bench.
The club's Heineken Cup top try scorer, Ben Cairns, gets the nod at outside centre to form a dynamic midfield partnership with fellow Scotland cap and former Currie player Matt Scott.
The local link is continued by the reselection of wing Dougie Fife, who also played senior rugby at the Malleny Park club.
The final change sees another home-grown talent, hooker Steven Lawrie, given his first start since he returned fromayear-long injury lay-off last month.
Bradley added: "A win from this game would be huge.
"Where we"re playing, who we"re playing in front of and how we"ve performed so far this year means that we would love to get a victory in the competition, and would love to get that victory at home.
"It's a huge game for us."
Absent through injury: Tom Brown (knee), Nick De Luca (face), Lee Jones (ribs), Jamie Farndale (leg), Ross Ford (shoulder), Ross Rennie (shoulder), Steven Turnbull (knee), George Turner (hip), Izak van der Westhuizen (ankle), John Yapp (knee).
Players released to club duty in the British & Irish Cup: James King (Gala), Alun Walker and Hamish Watson (Melrose).