Richard Cockerill hopes for Edinburgh to return back to winning ways

Richard Cockerill's side are fourth in Conference B
Richard Cockerill's side are fourth in Conference B

Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill urged his side to return back to winning ways after their indifferent start to the ongoing Pro 14 season.

The Scottish regional side won the first two rounds of the tournament against Cardiff Blues and Dragons and will head to the contest against Zebre on Friday with three straight defeats against Benetton Treviso, Scarlets and Leinster.

Despite, their defeat against Leinster last weekend at RDS Arena, Cockerill said he was impressed by the effort from his players and is hoping to build on from it in the Myerside encounter.

"We've chosen a side which we feel can compete against Zebre in every facet of the game," said Cockerill, who made five changes to the side.

"There are a number of guys who impressed last weekend against Leinster and we hope they can continue to help the side makes positive strides.

"As a squad, we know just how important tomorrow night's fixture is, and with a win, we can put ourselves in a strong position.

"There are no easy games in this competition, but if we commit ourselves with the right intensity and desire, I've got every confidence that we can come away with a positive result."

Blair Kinghorn comes back into the side after featuring off the bench last week, while Nathan Fowles returns at scrum-half in place of Sam Hidalgo-Clyne.