Ryan Wilson claims to be an innocent bystander when the pushing and shoving starts but he’ll not back down an inch at Saracens this weekend in the return of October’s bad-tempered Heineken Champions Cup clash.
The “quieter” fans of Edinburgh are stirring, and Richard Cockerill doesn’t want his team to let them down with their big chance for a home Heineken Champions’ Cup quarter-final at BT Murrayfield tonight.
Scotland’s Six Nations contingency plan for a deepening of their hooker crisis is three uncapped players with the pecking order yet to be decided, admitted head coach Gregor Townsend.
Gregor Townsend reckons the norm for injuries in an international squad at the halfway point of a season - that is, now - is about 20%.
John Hardie has won a recall to the Scotland Guinness Six Nations squad and there are seven uncapped players among Gregor Townsend’s 39 named at Murrayfield today.
Blair Kinghorn’s part in Edinburgh’s try of the season was simple – pick the ball up, and look for Bill.
Glasgow Warriors are looking to recover the physical edge they had three months ago and the “optimistic” support lines which lead to so many of their free-scoring exploits – even against the smothering defence of former European champions Saracens in the Heineken Champions Cup.
The first thought of Europe’s golfing press when Padraig Harrington was being confirmed as European Ryder Cup captain last week was probably “Is Renee on speed dial?”
Short of selling the vital organs of his children – one assumes he wasn’t being serious about that – Richard Cockerill will do everything to keep key players like Vili Mata at Edinburgh as contract negotiations start to swirl around his improving team.
Edinburgh are a better team than last year and a better team than when they played Montpellier only three months ago as they head for Friday’s group-winning contest against the French side at BT Murrayfield, believes Richard Cockerill.