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European Rugby Challenge Cup

Nasi Manu: Edinburgh must get ‘up’ for every game

Edinburgh Rugby’s Nasi Manu believes that the squad can help themselves by mentally preparing better for games as they bid to climb the Pro12 table and compete in Europe during December.

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Edinburgh Rugby's Blair Kinghorn had an impressive showing. Picture: SNS

Five things we learned from the cups so far

Iain Morrison looks at the respective cup campaigns of Edinburgh and Glasgow so far.

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Marland Yarde is unable to stop Tom Brown from scoring what turned out to be Edinburghs winning try. Picture: SNS

Edinburgh 36 - 35 Harlequins: Hosts edge a thrilling contest

These teams arrived at Murrayfield intent on playing attacking rugby and they didn’t disappoint because this was an absolute classic marred only by four yellow cards and too many handbags in what was a bad-tempered encounter.

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Edinburgh's Hamish Watson is in the side to face Harlequins instead of John Hardie. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Hamish Watson gets the nod for Edinburgh against Harlequins

The fact that Tim Visser will not be making his anticipated BT Murrayfield comeback today robs the European Challenge Cup clash between Edinburgh and Harlequins of one of its potential storylines but it is still shaping up as an intriguing encounter.

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Tim Visser scores a try during Harlequins' convincing Challenge Cupvictory over Stade Francais at Twickenham Stoop last week. Picture: Warren Little/Getty

Tim Visser: Quins face tough game at Edinburgh

Tim Visser has warned his Harlequins team-mates to be wary of an Edinburgh Rugby side who are on a high after two recent wins when they clash in the European Rugby Challenge Cup at BT Murrayfield tomorrow.

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Scrum-half Sean Kennedy believes Edinburghs players have started to back themselves and have more confidence in their own ability.

Harlequins visit first test of Hodge’s impact on Edinburgh

Saturday’s European Challenge Cup clash against Harlequins will be Duncan Hodge’s fourth match in charge of Edinburgh and the biggest test yet of the extent to which things have improved since the club parted company with Alan Solomons.

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Bath coach Todd Blackadder  was formerly with Edinburgh. Picture: Getty

Former Edinburgh coaches go head to head in derby clash

Two former Edinburgh coaches will go head to head in a renewal of the rivalry between Bath and Bristol in tonight’s European Challenge Cup west country derby.

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Hat-trick hero: Stuart McInallys try treble was matched by Nasi Manu later

Timisoara 17 - 59 Edinburgh: A capital display in Romania

A record European win for Edinburgh; nine tries, two hat-tricks. You would have to be the harshest of harsh critics to quibble with the way they destroyed their Romanian opponents.

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New Zealands brilliant stand-off Beauden Barrett has helped take his team to a new level in world rugby. Picture: Anesh Debiky/Getty

Allan Massie: Thank goodness we’re not playing All Blacks

With Glasgow playing their first match in the European Champions Cup a few hours after I write this, it would be vain to speculate on their chance of getting out of their pool for the first time. It’s a hard task. To put it in perspective, Paul O’Connell said this week that for Munster, who are in the same pool as Glasgow, along with Leicester and Racing 92, to do that would be as great an achievement as their double winning of the old Heineken Cup was in his playing days.

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Edinburgh Rugby's Michael Allen. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS/SRU

Mike Allen knew Edinburgh Rugby were close to clicking

Centre Mike Allen said he was always confident Edinburgh were not far away from producing a convincing display and feels the 45-10 win over Treviso showed what they can do.

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Edinburgh coach Duncan Hodge has never played or coached in Romania before. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

Duncan Hodge does his homework for Romania adventure

There aren’t many parts of the rugby world that Duncan Hodge’s career as player and coach hasn’t taken him but this week’s trip to Romania will be a first for Edinburgh’s acting boss.

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Edinburgh forward Nasi Manu aims to make his mark at last

Every Edinburgh player sported a broad smile after flattening Treviso last Friday but it is just possible that one man was a little happier than most. Kiwi Nasi Manu arrived in the capital at the start of last season, a big man with a reputation to match having led the Highlanders to the Super Rugby title.

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Kurtley Beale: Australian star has joined Wasps for big money. Picture: Getty

Allan Massie: It will only become tougher to get level playing field

Next week will be the time to consider how Glasgow may reverse last Saturday’s result in Galway and become the first club to win an away semi-final since the Pro12 introduced play-offs for the title.

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Tim Visser is aiming to help Harlequins reach the European Challenge Cup final. Picture: Steve Bardens/Getty Images for Harlequins

Scotland wing Tim Visser seeks Euro glory with Quins

Last weekend Tim Visser was playing at Wembley in front of 80,000 fans and tomorrow he will be involved in a European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final – so it is no surprise that the Scotland winger is playing with a smile on his face right now.

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Alan Solomons was troubled by Edinburgh's failings down the stretch. Picture: SNS

Alan Solomons has no excuses for Edinburgh’s shambolic exit

“No excuses, we did it to ourselves.” Alan Solomons, the Edinburgh head coach was in no mood for hard-luck stories as he looked back over the shambles of the final ten minutes of their last European Challenge Cup game of the season and wondered how his team had managed to surrender 15 points and with them the chance of a place in the knockout stage of the tournament.

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Alan Solomons' Edinburgh side crashed out of the European Rugby Challenge Cup against Grenoble. Picture: SNS

Grenoble 34 - 23 Edinburgh: Capital side crash out of Europe

THERE was utter devastation in the Edinburgh camp as they threw away their chance of a European Challenge Cup quarter-final with two dreadful mistakes in the final 10 minutes of a game where they had been ahead for all but a few seconds of the first 70 minutes.

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Al Dickinson has missed Edinburgh's last six games with a calf injury. His return is timely with the Six Nations looming. Picture: SNS

Al Dickinson return boosts Edinburgh before crunch match

Scotland loosehead Al Dickinson is poised for a timely return to action tomorrow as Edinburgh field their strongest available team in their bid to reach the quarter-finals of the European Challenge Cup.

Edinburgh's Hamish Watson (centre) battles through a pair of tackles. Picture: SNS

Edinburgh 23 - 0 Agen: Hosts earn Challenge Cup bonus point

Edinburgh got the bonus-point win they needed to keep their hopes of reaching the European Challenge Cup quarter-finals alive last night but made hard work of it with a laboured display against the Pool 5 makeweights.

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Ben, right, and Alex Toolis will be the first twins to start a game for a Scottish professional team. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

Ben and Alex Toolis to make history with first joint start

The players of French side Agen may be suffering from double vision tonight without any need to go for concussion testing.

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