Hooker Ross Ford declared fit for Edinburgh's trip to Gloucester
Last Updated: 13/12/13 11:15pm
Ross Ford: Fit for Edinburgh's game at Gloucester
Edinburgh have received a timely boost ahead of their game against Gloucester at Kingsholm with the news that Scotland hooker Ross Ford has been passed fit to play.
The Murrayfield side are bottom of Heineken Cup Pool Six and are six points behind leaders Munster with three games left to play.
The next of those is at Gloucester on Sunday and will feature the 29-year-old international Ford, who packs down between props Wicus Blaauw and Willem Nel, and takes on the captaincy from scrum-half Greig Laidlaw, who has been replaced by summer signing Grayson Hart.
"It's great to have Ross back," said Edinburgh boss Alan Solomons.
"He's a very good player of international class. He's a big strong man and comes in as part of good front-row. It will be interesting to see how they go.
"It's been difficult for Grayson Hart who would have played earlier in the season were it not for injury, after which Sean Kennedy and Sam Hidalgo-Clyne stepped up and did very well. He's had to keep working hard and wait for this chance.
"It's a similar story with Wicus Blaauw who has put in a lot of extra hours through the recent break and I think he is now ready to start at this level.
"He has proved in the past what he is capable of. He was a very good Super Rugby player for the Stormers and I think he's ready for it.
"They're both champing at the bit to get this opportunity."
Solomons has also opted to bring Roddy Grant and Argentina international Tomas Leonardi back into the side at flanker, while Joaquin Dominguez steps into midfield in place of centre Nick De Luca.
"We performed poorly in the first-half against Gloucester last weekend, we were flat," he admitted.
"When you get a performance like that you have to make a change and the guys coming in are straining at the leash to play.
"I'm looking forward to seeing them get out there and put in an improved performance on last week."
Watch Gloucester v Edinburgh live on Sky Sports Xtra from 12.45pm on Sunday