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Burgh bound for the Dragons’ den

Guinness PRO12 Editor

17 Feb 2012

Head coach Michael Bradley today called on his Edinburgh Rugby side to "embrace the opportunity" presented by three consecutive games on the road, starting tomorrow night at Rodney Parade (kick-off Saturday 6.30pm).

Despite a historic Heineken Cup campaign, with the club hosting its first home quarter-final on Easter weekend (Saturday 7 April), Edinburgh – currently ninth in the RaboDirect PRO12 – have registered just one away win in the championship this season (against Treviso in November).

Edinburgh’s opportunities to address this sequence come against two of the three sides placed below them in the division – Dragons tomorrow night and Connacht the week after – before taking on an in-form Ulster side at Ravenhill.

Bradley said: “Edinburgh have delivered some very impressive performances at home and away in the Heineken Cup and have come very close to delivering our home form on the road in the RaboDirect PRO12.

“These next three games away from home will provide a stern mental test for our players but we must embrace this opportunity to front-up and address the gaps in our performances outside of Murrayfield.”

Bradley today named just three changes to the starting side that travels to Wales.

Sep Visser [pictured right] is promoted from the bench to start his first competitive match alongside his top try scoring elder brother, Tim, [pictured left] while recent Scotland A debutant, Tom Brown, earns his second start at full-back in place of the injured Chris Paterson (groin).

The forward pack is unchanged with Jim Thompson and Hamish Watson the only changes to the bench as the full-back and back row replacements.

While players take to the road, Edinburgh Rugby are pleased to confirm that partner, G1 Group, will be showing the game live in the city’s Murrayfield Hotel, Biddy Mulligans and Three Sisters, with supporters and club colours welcome.

Edinburgh Rugby team to play Dragons at Rodney Parade on Saturday 21 February (kick-off 6.30pm)

15 Tom Brown

14 Sep Visser
13 Matt Scott
12 John Houston
11 Tim Visser

10 Phil Godman
9 Chris Leck

1 Kyle Traynor
2 Alun Walker
3 Jack Gilding
4 Grant Gilchrist
5 Sean Cox
6 Stuart McInally
7 Roddy Grant CAPTAIN
8 Netani Talei

16 Andrew Kelly
17 Robin Hislop
18 Ulises Gamboa
19 Esteban Lozada
20 Hamish Watson
21 Alex Black
22 Gregor Hunter
23 Jim Thompson

Unavailable through injury: Ben Cairns (knee), James King, Chris Paterson (groin), Alan MacDonald (illness)

Unavailable through intenational duty: Mike Blair, Geoff Cross, Nick De Luca, Allan Jacobsen, Lee Jones, Greig Laidlaw, Harry Leonard (U20) and Ross Rennie