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Heineken Cup Pool 6: Perpignan v Edinburgh match preview

Last updated: 20th October 2013  

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Edinburgh have made only one change for their Heineken Cup Pool 6 clash with Perpignan at Stade Aime Giral on Sunday.

The Scottish side are looking to stage a second straight European upset after they beat Munster in their first match of the campaign.

Head coach Alan Solomons will benefit from continuity as the only alteration to his starting XV sees Roddy Grant come into the back row in place of Dimitri Basilaia, who has a groin injury.

The selection policy at Perpignan is in stark contrast, with the hosts making a grand total of 11 changes following the 27-22 defeat at Gloucester last weekend.

Wales international James Hook has been switched from full-back to fly-half after scoring all of his side's points in the defeat at Kingsholm.

Perpignan have named Joffrey Michel at full-back in an entirely new back-line, while David Marty returns at outside centre and Sione Piukala takes over at No 12 from the suspended Lifeimi Mafi.

In the pack, Jean-Pierre Perez replaces former Edinburgh man Alasdair Strokosch at flanker and Sona Taumalolo is back at loosehead prop.

Perpignan: 15 Joffrey Michel, 14 Watisoni Votu, 13 David Marty, 12 Sione Piukala, 11 Richard Haughton, 10 James Hook, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Luke Narraway, 7 Jean-Pierre Perez, 6 Justin Purll, 5 Romain Taofifenua, 4 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 3 George Jgenti, 2 Guilhem Guirado (c), 1 Sona Taumalolo.

Replacements: 16 Romain Terrain, 17 Sebastien Taofifenua, 18 Kisi Pulu, 19 Karl Chateau, 20 Nicolas Durand, 21 Tommy Allan, 22 Wandile Mjekevu, 23 Luke Charteris.

Edinburgh: 15 Jack Cuthbert, 14 Douglas Fife, 13 Nick De Luca, 12 Matt Scott, 11 Tim Visser, 10 Harry Leonard, 9 Greig Laidlaw (c), 8 David Denton, 7 Roddy Grant, 6 Cornell Du Preez, 5 Sean Cox, 4 Grant Gilchrist, 3 WP Nel, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Alasdair Dickinson.

Replacements: 16 Aleki Lutui, 17 Lodewicus Blaauw, 18 Geoff Cross, 19 Izak Van Der Westhuizen, 20 Tomas Leonardi, 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22 Joaquin Dominguez, 23 Greig Tonks.

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