Gloucester scrum-half Ben Vellacott is set to be the second former Scotland Under-20 cap in a month to be picked for an England squad, revealed Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend as he unveiled a 40-strong group for the forthcoming NatWest 6 Nations.
The Glasgow Warriors avoided a whitewash in the European campaign with a mixture of epic defence and some stunning tries to knock Exeter out of the European Champions Cup.
Scotland 17 New Zealand 22: Scots fall just short of historic win over All Blacks in Murrayfield epic
Scotland went toe to toe with New Zealand for the full 80 minutes but again were left crushed with disappointment in an epic test match at BT Murrayfield as the All Blacks just held on for the win.
The rails came off Edinburgh’s winning start to the Guinness PRO14 season as Benetton came from 14 points down to snatch victory in a controversial finish at Myreside.
Edinburgh 34 Stade Francais 33: Late call Rasolea scores the clincher for Edinburgh in second half thriller
Edinburgh showed all of their new resilience to come from behind three times in the second half and clinch a home quarter-final in the European Challenge Cup by beating champions Stade Francais with Junior Rasolea’s late try.
Leicester’s Luke Hamilton, once sent off playing against Scotland, and Chris Harris of Newcastle were Gregor Townsend’s two wildcards among ten uncapped players in his squad for the Autumn Tests.
Richard Cockerill admits he doesn’t know quite to what to expect from his Edinburgh team as they host the 1872 Cup first leg at BT Murrayfield – but he won’t compromise the way he wants them to play.
Edinburgh now are “night and day” in comparison to 12 months ago believes Stuart McInally and ready to crack Glasgow’s 10-game unbeaten record in the Guinness PRO14 in the 187 Cup on Saturday.
Richard Cockerill wants less of his nice Edinburgh former public schoolboys and more dig and devil from his side as they take on Glasgow in the 1872 Cup this week.
Jamie Ritchie, maturing into a real force with Edinburgh Rugby this season, will stay at the club for a further three years after signing an extension to his contract.