Bradley will never decide subs in advance

Edinburgh coach Michael Bradley says it will be business as usual regarding substitutes against Racing Metro, writes BILL LOTHIAN.

Praised for not making pre-ordained changes when London Irish were beaten last week, Bradley said: “I would not go pre-ordained. You might have to make a change after ten minutes or you might never.” The significant changes were at open-side flanker, where Ross Rennie ran himself into the ground before Roddy Grant took over, while goal-kicking contributed to Greig Laidlaw’s emergence.

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“The amount of work that a 7 (open side) will do in any match, especially a very physical match could potentially warrant a switch,” said Bradley. “Greig has ability to put the ball between the posts at critical times. He is slightly different to Mike (Blair) so could give us a different view on the game.”

n Edinburgh’s Sean Cox and London Irish’s Shontayne Hape have received bans after citings. Cox received a week for striking Hape whose dangerous tackle on Dave Denton merited a month’s suspension.