It's Edinburgh’s strong start to the season will allow them to be a little more discerning about the personnel they play in Europe this season, rather than the fact they’re in the Challenge Cup instead of the Champions’ Cup.
Scott Cummings has “a point of difference” to the other second rows in Scotland and will kick on further from his World Cup performances, believes Glasgow Warriors head coach Dave Rennie.
Edinburgh toiled a little at times but got their fourth win of the Guinness PRO14 season ultimately with some comfort in a defensive struggle against Dragons at BT Murrayfield.
John Barclay can be a key leader for Edinburgh and he hasn’t given up his Scotland shirt just yet, head coach Richard Cockerill believes.
Scottish Rugby are taking time to digest the £70,000 fine and an order to apologise from World Rugby for the dispute arising from the threat of cancellation of their final pool game at the Rugby World Cup in Japan, but appear in little mood to compromise.
That World Rugby found a way to fine and sanction Scottish Rugby – really, chief executive Mark Dodson, as he was the one making the statements in Yokohama a month ago – should surprise no-one.
Magnus Bradbury had eight or nine days off after the “mental rollercoaster” that was his Rugby World Cup experience, but even that was too long for the big back rower.
Scotland’s only ever-present in the eight games over the Rugby World Cup and all the warm-ups doesn’t want to stop playing and Scott Cummings seems likely to get his wish.
Five more internationals will augment Glasgow’s squad for this week’s trip to Zebre and Ali Price might not be far away, assistant coach John Dalziel revealed yesterday.
Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill has again slammed refereeing standards in the Guinness PRO14 after making an official complaint about the same ref for the second time in a month.