One Change For Sarries Cup Clash

Netani Talei is back at number 8The introduction of Fiji captain Netani Talei [pictured] is the only change to the Edinburgh Rugby starting side for this Sunday's Heineken Cup clash at Vicarage Road (kick-off 12.45pm) " live on SKYSPORTS.

Talei's selection means David Denton begins the match on the bench, where he is joined by Lee Jones, whose welcome return from injury (ribs) completes the changes to the 23-man squad.

The reselection of the entire starting back division and remainder of the pack is a vote of confidence in the side who were beaten 26-17 by Munster at Murrayfield in the previous round.

Edinburgh Rugby head coach, Michael Bradley, said: 'the boys showed real grit and determination against Munster and, while we earned the rewards late in the match, they showed elements of the controlled, territorial performance that we"re looking to deliver in these big games.

'tactically I think they played some smart rugby and this reselection is another chance for them to up their game once more and tighten up the elements which follow, like increasing the accuracy and effectiveness of our set-piece and our composure in attack.

Edinburgh Rugby team v Saracens, Heineken Cup Round 6
Vicarage Road, Sunday 20 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 Robin Hislop
2 Steven Lawrie"
3 Willem Nel
4 Grant Gilchrist
5 Sean Cox
6 Stuart McInally
7 Dimitri Basilaia
8 Netani Talei

Substitutes
16 Andy Titterrell
17 Alex Allan
18 Geoff Cross
19 David Denton
20 Roddy Grant
21 Piers Francis"
22 Ben Atiga
23 Lee Jones
'saracens have shown that they are one of the top team teams in Europe at controlling matches and keeping cool under pressure, so this will be a fantastic test for us as we seek to end this season's campaign with a win."

Victory for Saracens would see them confirmed as pool winners, while success for Edinburgh could alter the face of the group, with fellow RaboDirect PRO12 side, Munster, still capable of topping the pool.

Edinburgh Rugby will take to the pitch in a new and exclusive playing kit created to avoid a colour clash with their opponent's home strip, which is proportioned equally between black and red, the predominant colours of Edinburgh's home and away playing kits.""

Saracens" white change strip meant there was no conflict at Murrayfield in round one, however the round six hosts have reserved the right to play in home colours, at home.""

The result is a one-off, limited edition strip, which will be worn only for the Cup clash, and won't be available for retail, but will feature as a competition prize for season ticket members and in charitable auctions.



Absent through injury: Tom Brown (knee), Nick De Luca (face), Jamie Farndale (leg), Ross Ford (shoulder), Allan Jacobsen (calf), Ross Rennie (shoulder), Steven Turnbull (knee), George Turner (hip), Izak van der Westhuizen (ankle), John Yapp (knee).

Players release for the British & Irish Cup
: Mike Penn, John Houston (both Dundee), Alun Walker (Melrose), Rob McAlpine and Alex Black (Stirling).