Five changes for Edinburgh ahead of clash against Stade Francais

Richard Cockerill's side could claim a home tie in the quarter-final
Richard Cockerill's side could claim a home tie in the quarter-final

Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill has made five changes for the upcoming European Rugby Challenge Cup clash against Stade Francais to be played at BT Murrayfield Stadium on Saturday.

The Scottish regional side are currently on top of Pool 4 with four wins from as many games and a win against Stade Francais can help them secure a home quarter-final.

Damien Hoyland is coming into the back three and Chris Dean replacing Phil Burleigh, who came off injured early on last week, at centre.

Sam Hidalgo-Clyne returns to scrum-half, while Rory Sutherland is named in the front row and Bill Mata will scrum down at number eight in the final change.

"We've got an opportunity to secure a home quarter-final, so that will be our objective going into the game to make sure we get the job done," said Cockerill.

"It's important that we play these big sides and we test ourselves. Stade Francais were good enough to win the Challenge Cup last year and they're a good enough side to do it again. If you watched them against Montpellier last weekend they were very competitive and combative.

"However, I've chosen a strong side and believe we have more than enough firepower across the board to secure a positive result and a home quarter-final"