Roddy Grant craving the 'game of his life'

NEW Edinburgh Rugby captain Roddy Grant is gearing up for the "game of my life" when he leads the side out for a crucial Magners League clash with Ulster at Murrayfield on Sunday, writes BILL LOTHIAN.

The 23-year-old – the only non-internationalist in the pack – also says he feels "hugely humbled" to have been handed the armband following the decision to demote Mike Blair to the bench in favour of Greig Laidlaw.

"As a captain you have the best game of your life before you think of other things," said Grant.

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"That's how I am going to approach it. If I have the game of my life hopefully the guys will follow." Despite conceding it is 'win or bust' so far as play-off qualification is concerned, coach Rob Moffat appeared to imply that the team were best served by continuing to rely heavily on impact players coming off the bench.

"There is a perception you pick your best team all the time and (if) players are not playing well they are on the bench or not playing. That has to change," he said.

"If you think we are going to pick what is perceived to be our best team every week that will never happen

However, Moffat admitted: "The reason Greig is starting is he is playing well."