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Gunners to get physical at Thomond


Edinburgh head coach Michael Bradley hopes to match Munster's muscle in tomorrow's Heineken Cup round two clash at Thomond Park.

Captain Greig Laidlaw (shoulder) has been ruled out and is replaced by Gregor Hunter as one of five changes from the side which lost 45-0 to Saracens last weekend. Geoff Cross starts, with Fiji captain Netani Talei brought in at number eight.

Talei's selection sees Stuart McInally accommodated at openside flanker in a big back row, which also features David Denton. Greig Tonks and Ben Atiga have recovered from hand and hip injuries respectively to be named at full-back and centre.

Munster lost their opening match 22-17 to Racing Metro and Bradley knows a win in Limerick is essential if Edinburgh are to emulate their run to last year's semi-finals.

"There's no doubt that this is a massive game for us, but it's also a big chance for us to get our European Cup campaign moving and challenge the teams in this group," Bradley said. "Thomond Park is a fortress, steeped in the Heineken Cup history.

"The fans and the players will be fired up for this, so we'll need to front up to the physical aspects of the game.

"If we match them physically, and are patient and accurate in possession, then we have a chance to impose our game-plan and not be dictated to by the Munster players and a Thomond Park crowd that will be desperate for a home win."