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Rugby Union: CARLO IN VOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF HIS CHANCE.

Byline: KEVIN BOYD

CARLO Di Ciacca will be out to prove a point when he makes a belated first start for Edinburgh in their "meaningless" tie against Swansea at Myreside tonight.

Only pride is at stake in the two sides' final pool match, but it is one of the most important games in Di Ciacca's career.

The former West of Scotland star has waited half a season to make his pro debut - and he intends to proving to coach Frank Hadden that the milestone should have been passed months ago.

Di Ciacca said: "I am absolutely thrilled to get the chance at long last and I will grab it with both hands. I am looking forward to showing what I can do."

Centre David Officer also gets a recall, and Hadden insisted he wasn't being sentimental by giving him and Di Ciacca starts.

He said: "Swansea will provide a hugely difficult challenge and this team has been picked to win.

"It is a particularly important game for Carlo and David and it is up to them to prove themselves."

Meanwhile, Glasgow supremo Richie Dixon has told Tommy Hayes to carry on kicking.

Deputy boot-boy James McLaren was the hero last weekend when he took over the crucial duty from the out-of-form Cook Islander.

McLaren banged over two late penalties to clinch a dramatic win against Northampton at Firhill.

But loyal Dixon insisted that Hayes would start as No.1 kicker for Sunday's Montferrand clash.

Dixon said: "James did an excellent job when it mattered - but there is no real reason not to go in with Tommy."

Glasgow must become the first Scots club side to win a match in France to keep their quarter-final hopes alive.

EDINBURGH: Lee, Murray, Officer, Utterson, Paterson, Ross, Burns (capt), Jacobsen, Di Ciacca, Smith, Jolly, Hines, Dall, Leslie, Taylor.

GLASGOW: Metcalfe, Bartlett, McLaren, Kerr, Henderson, Hayes, Nicol (capt), Hilton, Bulloch, McIlwham, White, Griffiths, Flockhart, Reid, Petrie.

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PICKING TO WIN: Coach Hadden
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Date:Jan 11, 2002
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