Edinburgh took a mighty step towards the Heineken Champions’ Cup quarter-finals by comfortably beating Newcastle Falcons in their backyard and seizing control at the top of Pool 5.
Newcastle Falcons will field almost a completely different – and much more formidable - side in the second half of their Heineken Cup doubleheader against Edinburgh, but it’s nothing Richard Cockerill didn’t expect.
Eight changes from the team that romped to Glasgow’s biggest-ever win in France won’t “weaken us at all” for the return game at Scotstoun, believes Warriors head coach Dave Rennie.
Edinburgh are ready to grasp their – slightly unexpected – opportunity back at the top table of European rugby, believes Grant Gilchrist.
Given that the going is always good to firm for the thoroughbreds at Scotstoun, George Turner expects even more attacking play from the Glasgow Warriors as they seek to complete a 10-point job over Lyon in the Heineken Champions’ Cup.
Former maths teacher Dave Rennie has already worked out the permutations for Glasgow to reach the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finals, but assistant Mike Blair says the Warriors are focusing on the most basic equation – winning their games.
Richard Cockerill jokes he’s been banned too often by the RFU to be employed by them as England coach, but he’s dismissive anyway of being on a shortlist drawn up to eventually replace Eddie Jones.
Tommy Seymour came to Glasgow as something of a project player almost a decade ago, but he’ll leave as a British Lion, one of the most prolific wings in Scottish rugby history and probably playing the rest of his career as a Warrior.
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Competition for places at Glasgow Warriors is so intense that club captain Ryan Wilson can’t force his way into the 23 for this week’s Heineken Champions’ Cup game against Lyon in central France.