Bradley will never decide subs in advance

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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.

“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.