Edinburgh head coach Andy Robinson has made one change to his squad for the trip to second-placed Ospreys in the Magners League on Saturday (kick off 7.30pm, live on S4C) with Hugo Southwell returning to the bench after a lay-off with a head knock.
Robinson keeps faith with the same starting line-up that defeated champions Leinster in a three-try win last Friday with ever present Allister Hogg continuing at No8.
The versatile back row forward, 26, has started all 15 Magners League matches so far this season and has clocked up over 1100 minutes of game-time in the process.
Lock Craig Hamilton has also played a pivotal role in Edinburgh's matches so far this season with the 29-year-old appearing in 14 games in the engine room.
Full-back Chris Paterson retains the number 15 jersey and the Scotland record cap internationalist has contributed 147 points - both in the Magners League and Europe - with 30 penalties and 22 conversions.
Paterson's return to the capital was announced on the same day Edinburgh last faced Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium in April 2008 when Alan MacDonald's stoppage time try secured a 19-18 win.
After chalking up a convincing 32-16 win over Ospreys in November, Edinburgh could potentially record an impressive 'double' over the Welsh region and take the team's winning sequence to four in a row.
On the injury front, Mark Robertson (hamstring) is still ruled out and he is joined in the treatment room by long term casualties Allan Jacobsen (shoulder), Ross Rennie (knee), David Callam (hip), and Steven Turnbull (ankle).
Edinburgh 15 Chris Paterson 14 John Houston 13 Ben Cairns 12 Nick De Luca 11 Simon Webster 10 Phil Godman 9 Mike Blair (captain) 1 Kyle Traynor 2 Ross Ford 3 Geoff Cross 4 Craig Hamilton 5 Jim Hamilton 6 Scott Newlands 7 Alan MacDonald 8 Allister Hogg
Substitutes: Andrew Kelly, Ryan Grant, Scott MacLeod, Matt Mustchin, Greig Laidlaw, David Blair or Andrew Turnbull, Hugo Southwell.
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.