Leslie returns for European opener
November 18, 1999
Martin Leslie plays his first game since the World Cup quarter final defeat by New Zealand when he lines out for Edinburgh Reivers in Friday's European Cup tie against Grenoble.
He has now recovered from the shoulder problem which has kept him out of the Super District's last three Celtic League games but is named in the unusual position of number eight.
Skipper Graham Shiel is also back, hoping for a double celebration following the birth of his daughter yesterday, but former Gala starlet Chris Paterson can only win a place on the bench.
Paterson may have earned the nod over full-back Derrick Lee in the World Cup party but it is Lee who will start against the French.
"At the moment we are using our players to the best advantage," said Reivers coach Ian Rankin, whose side were crushed by Llanelli in the Celtic League last weekend.
"Last season Chris was only playing club rugby and we have yet to establish what his best position is. He is happy to be involved anywhere but long-term it will be to his advantage that he is able to learn his game in this setting."
The Reivers include eight members of the Scotland squad in their line-up for a match they need to win if they are to hold realistic hopes of reaching the knock-out stages in a group which also includes Northampton and Neath.