Scotland internationals Chris Paterson, Ross Ford and Ben Cairns are among four changes to the Edinburgh side for Saturday's Heineken Cup opener with Stade Francais in Paris.
Head coach Rob Moffat has also included Roddy Grant after the Scotland A flanker came off the bench during last weekend's defeat at Ospreys, as Edinburgh prepare for their first fixture across the English Channel since they defeated Castres 12 months ago.
Edinburgh hope to improve on their Heineken Cup best of a quarter-final place in 2004, beginning in the city where the final will be played next May, with matches against Ulster and Bath - both former winners of the competition - to come in Pool Four.
Phil Godman retains his spot in a half-back combination with captain Mike Blair and the 27-year-old stand-off is now just 16 points short of recording a century in the Heineken Cup.
The Scotland international is aware of the scale of the task which faces his side, but believes an upset is possible.
"It is a great first fixture, although we realise it will be a tough game out there," said Godman.
"Everyone knows what a prestigious team Stade Francais are - they have got quality throughout the team.
"But we know we are capable of getting a result in Paris if everyone plays at the top of their game.
"It would be great to make an impact in the Heineken Cup this season; it is the pinnacle of the club game."
Simon Webster is still out and receiving treatment for an Achilles injury he suffered during the summer, while club captain Simon Cross is recovering from a serious knee injury and joins long term absentees, Ross Rennie (knee) and David Callam (hip) in the treatment room.
Full-back Jim Thompson and Scotland lock Jim Hamilton (both knee) are back in light training and are edging closer to returning to full fitness.
Wales centre Jonathan Davies admits he is yet to fully come to terms with his devastation after club side Clermont Auvergne suffered a heartbreaking loss in their European final with Toulon on Saturday.