Denton back for Edinburgh
SCOTLAND back-rower Dave Denton returns to bolster Edinburgh's bid for a long-awaited victory tomorrow.
Denton was one of the players of the Six Nations last year, but has struggled to make a similar impact on the tournament this season.
He returns at No. 8 in place of Fijian Netani Talei as head coach Michael Bradley keeps faith with the bulk of a youthful side beaten by the Ospreys in Swansea last weekend.
Behind the scrum Ben Cairns comes in for suspended centre Nick de Luca, who has been handed a 13-week ban for his shocking tip tackle on Tom Grabham at the Liberty, while up front, experience is provided by prop Allan Jacobsen, who makes his first start at loose-head since January.
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Edinburgh go into the match on the back of a 10-match losing run — their worst run in the professional era — while the Gunners have won just once in their last five encounters against the Scarlets.
"It's clear we're in desperate need of a win," said Bradley.
"But the players have worked exceptionally hard, in some very vocal and physical training sessions, as we prepare mentally and physically to front up to one of the top teams in the division in their own back yard.
"The players are well aware that the performances haven't been up to scratch this season, but I've been impressed by their resolve, their commitment and attention to detail in how they can improve and rally together."
Former Blues scrum-half Richie Rees starts, while another Wales international, prop John Yapp, is named among the replacements.
Bradley is again without Scotland internationals Geoff Cross, Ross Ford, Greig Laidlaw, Matt Scott and Tim Visser, while back-rower Dimitri Basilaia is away with Georgia.