Time, then, for Edinburgh's top players to put their feet up for the weekend and give the second-stringers a run? Not any more.
That might have been the pattern last season, when coach Michael Bradley kept his big beasts in their cages in the RaboDirect Pro12 so they could do maximum damage in the European competition. Now, though, after a summer of squad building, the distance between the best and the rest in the Edinburgh dressing room is not nearly so stark.
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