Jonny Gray's departure from Glasgow to Exeter Chiefs at the end of this season was confirmed by the clubs yesterday as the Warriors start a pivotal section of their faltering season.
Glasgow Warriors finally completed the homecoming of Leone Nakarawa as a New Year gift to their restless support – but just as Jonny Gray appears ready to leave.
Nose bent to the left by one impact, Petrus du Plessis was still smiling broadly in the dressing room in the Stadio Monigo after his 35-minute cameo settled Glasgow to their crucial 38-19 win over Benetton.
Three years on from his short-lived flirtation as Edinburgh captain, Magnus Bradbury has re-calibrated his career and a new two-year deal means he’ll be staying in the capital for his peak years.
Deep in the bowels of the Yokohama Stadium, the mood was already low. Scotland had just exited the World Cup, deservedly at the hands of the hosts, and Gregor Townsend was summing up the tournament for a huddle of Scottish pressmen.
Petrus du Plessis’s nose “is on the other side of my face” as proof he practices what he preaches, but he believes his short re-introduction to playing rather than coaching is going to serve Glasgow well this week and in the coming ones.
Leone Nakarawa came back into the home dressing room at Scotstoun and was surprised – it was if he’d never been away.
Edinburgh eventually routed the Kings and went top of their conference in the Guinness PRO14, but the result and the outcome were far better than the performance from the capital side.
It was hard to square the feeling and the reaction to Edinburgh’s victory over the Kings on Saturday night at Murrayfield with the scoreline.
Last year’s surprise defeat in Port Elizabeth still “really sticks in the stomach” of Edinbrugh Rugby as they welcome the Kings to BT Murrayfield looking to press down on the pedal in their Guinness PRO14 campaign.