Edinburgh urged to make statement

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Michael Bradley's Edinburgh take on Munster on Saturday
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Michael Bradley's Edinburgh take on Munster on Saturday

Edinburgh head coach Michael Bradley has called for his side to make a "statement of intent" when they open their RaboDirect Pro12 campaign against Munster at Murrayfield on Saturday night.

Edinburgh reached the semi-finals of the Heineken Cup last season but struggled in the league and face a side who finished third. Bradley said: "We have virtually all of our players available for selection and have completed a strong summer of pre-season training, with the time to perform when it matters now upon us.

"We want to make a statement of intent in the RaboDirect Pro12, as a team and as a club, and want to kick that off with a win at home and give our fans something to shout about."

Bradley, who is without full-back Tom Brown (hamstring), will hand debuts to five players.

Greig Tonks starts at full-back, Ben Atiga plays at centre, Wales international Richie Rees starts at scrum-half, and new props John Yapp and Willem Nel are both included.

Bradley added: "We're aware we have to play very well to beat the 15 players that will take to the pitch for Munster because the tradition and ambition of the club always demands an excellent performance.

"We expect quite a physical game and a hectic pace although Munster seem to be playing a more expansive game under Rob Penney, so expect both teams to look to put width on the ball."

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