Edinburgh aim to ‘out-Munster Munster’ for place in Champions Cup semi-finals

• Richard Cockerill’s team includes seven Scotland forwards
• More than 35,000 expected at Murrayfield on Saturday

Richard Cockerill seemed as surprised as anyone to be namechecked by the Rugby Football Union this year as a possible candidate to succeed Eddie Jones as England’s head coach. He does not quite fit into the “super coach” category along with Warren Gatland or Steve Hansen and it is hard to imagine everyone at the RFU welcoming him with open arms but his is still a CV that warrants consideration.

All the more so if he guides Edinburgh past Munster on Saturday and into the Champions Cup semi-finals. It is a match in which Cockerill has been quick to bill his side as the underdogs, competing at this stage of the competition for the first time in seven years and only the third time in their history against Munster, whose illustrious European pedigree precedes them. But also one Cockerill firmly believes his side can win.

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