08/01/16 GUINNESS PRO12 2015/16 EDINBURGH RUGBY v BENETTON TREVISO BT MURRAYFIELD STADIUM - EDINBURGH Edinburgh Rugby's John Hardie (front centre) drives in possession against Treviso's Alessandro Zanni

EDINBURGH have made four changes to the team which defeated Zebre 29-0 in their last outing ahead of a tough mission to Dublin to take on Leinster, in a game which they really need to win in order to keep alive their hopes of finishing in the top six and qualifying for the Champions Cup next year.

Chris Dean, who led the club during their successful tilt at the Melrose Sevens last weekend, is rewarded with a call-up to the starting team at outside centre, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne returns at scrum-half, and it is all change on the flank with John Hardie and Jamie Ritchie taking over from Hamish Watson and club captain Mike Coman (who has a calf complaint).

Ross Ford leads the side in Coman’s absence.

Edinburgh are currently seventh in the Pro 12 table but are only one point behind Munster and three points behind Ulster with three games to go.

Meanwhile, Leinster are top of the table, ahead of Connacht on points difference, and with third placed Glasgow Warriors just two points off the pace, the Dubliners will view this as a must-win game in terms of guaranteeing a home semi-final in the play-offs.

Edinburgh team to play Leinster @ Royal Dublin Showground on Friday 15th April – kick-off 7.30pm –

15. Blair Kinghorn

14. Damian Hoyland

13. Chris Dean

12. Phil Burleigh

11. Tom Brown

10. Jason Tovey

9. Sam Hidalgo-Clyne

  1. Alasdair Dickinson

2. Ross Ford

3. WP Nel

4. Anton Bresler

5. Ben Toolis

6. Jamie Ritchie

7. John Hardie

8. Cornell du Preez

Subs –

  1. Stuart McInally
  2. Rory Sutherland
  3. John Andress
  4. Alex Toolis
  5. Magnus Bradbury
  6. Hamish Watson
  7. Sean Kennedy
  8. Mike Allan
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