Unlikely backer

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Edinburgh have been given backing from an unlikely source as they bid to reach the quarter finals of the Heineken European Cup for the first time in eight years by beating London Irish at Murrayfield tomorrow.

Former England centre Jeremy Guscott says: “Edinburgh have a huge opportunity to get through. Irish might not bring their best team up as they’re out of the competition, so that should make things slightly easier.

“It’s all about how the Edinburgh team deal with the expectation, they will be expected to win – can they handle that? On the evidence so far this season I think they can and will win.”