Bradley Keeps Faith In Young Gunners

Head coach Michael BradleyHead coach Michael Bradley has kept faith in the bulk of his young Edinburgh Rugby side for their return to Wales to face Scarlets tomorrow (Friday 1 March, kick-off 7.05pm) " live on BBC ALBA.

Scarlets edged the last meeting at Murrayfield (29-28), with 23 points from 20-year-old stand-off Harry Leonard keeping the hosts in contention up to the death.

Placed fifth in the division, Scarlets" three game winning run in all competitions ended with their 32-5 loss in Leinster on Saturday, knocking them one place out of the play-off zone by a single point.

Conversely, Edinburgh Rugby suffered their tenth successive defeat in all competitions on Friday, with their last away win in September on another trip to Wales, when they edged Cardiff Blues 21-19 at the Arms Park.

Head coach Michael Bradley, said: "It's clear we"re in desperate need of a win and the players have worked exceptionally hard, in some very vocal and physical training sessions, as we prepare mentally and physically to front up to one of the top teams in the divisions in their own back yard.

Edinburgh Rugby to play Scarlets
Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli", Friday 1 March (kick-of 7.05pm)
LIVE ON BBC ALBA

15 Greig Tonks

14 Dougie Fife
13 Ben Cairns
12 Ben Atiga
11 Lee Jones

10 Harry Leonard
9 Richie Rees

1 Allan Jacobsen
2 Steven Lawrie
3 Willem Nel
4 Perry Parker
5 Sean Cox CAPTAIN
6 Stuart McInally
7 Hamish Watson
8 David Denton

Substitutes
16 Andy Titterrell
17 John Yapp
18 Alex Allan
19 Robert McAlpine
20 Netani Talei
21 Chris Leck
22 Piers Francis
23 Tom Brown
'the players are well aware that the performances haven't been up to scratch this season but I"ve been impressed by their resolve, their commitment and attention to detail in how they can improve and rally together."

The inclusion of Ben Cairns at outside-centre in place of the suspended Nick De Luca is the only change to the back division while, in the pack, the release of David Denton from Scotland's RBS 6 Nations squad sees him back at number 8.

Prop Allan Jacobsen gets his first start at loose-head since January while hooker Steven Lawrie " a late withdrawal last weekend " has been passed fit to start the match.

Players absent through injury: Jamie Farndale (leg), Roddy Grant (wrist), Robin Hislop (wrist), James King (head), Lewis Niven (bicep), Ross Rennie (shoulder), Steven Turnbull (knee), George Turner (hip), Alun Walker (hamstring), Izak van der Westhuizen (ankle).