Glasgow Warriors’ reward for reaching the quarter-finals of the European Rugby Champions Cup for the first time is defending champions Saracens – “the best team in Europe in the last two years” according to head coach Gregor Townsend.
The obvious cliché for the Glasgow Warriors’ incredible 43-0 decimation of one of Europe’s proudest clubs in their citadel on Saturday is that this was an era-defining triumph.
Glasgow Warriors cruised into the quarter-finals of the European Rugby Champions Cup with six tries in a record humiliation of two-time champions Leicester Tigers at their famous Welford Road ground.
Gregor Townsend dismissed the distraction of Conor Murray’s complaints of Glasgow’s tactics and stressed the Warriors entire focus is on qualifying for the European Rugby Champions Cup quarter-finals with a historic win at Leicester.
Scotland tight-head WP Nel is out of the Six Nations and probably British and Irish Lions contention after a scan found damage to a disc in his neck.
Chris Fusaro admits that Glasgow are “a bit desperate” to reach their goal of the European Rugby Champions Cup quarter-finals but will remain composed about the job tomorrow night at Leicester.
Fewer than 800 tickets remain for Edinburgh’s long-awaited return to Myreside with a European Challenge Cup quarter-final at their “new” home the carrot tonight.
WP Nel’s career could be on the line in the next 24 hours as the Scotland prop awaits another scan on a neck injury that seems set to force him to miss the RBS Six Nations and the rest of the season.
After a reasonably successful 2016, most Scotland fans would have been thinking three Six Nations wins in 2017 marked a reasonable further advance on the national team's steady growth.
Outgoing Scotland head coach Vern Cotter admits the team face a “brutal” RBS Six Nations as he shuffles a squad missing key men and with others desperately short on games.