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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Edinburgh finally made good on their big scrum and forward advantage for the full bonus point win over Newcastle to give their Heineken Champions Cup qualification chances a real lift.
Edinburgh get all their internationals back for tonight’s Heineken Champions’ Cup game against Newcastle but that doesn’t make them favourites even with home advantage, believes Richard Cockerill.
It’s as hard to get in the Glasgow team as it is the Scotland team at the moment such is the vein of form of the Warriors heading into their Heineken Cup doubleheader with Lyon.
Stuart Hogg may be Scottish rugby’s superstar but he still feels he has something to prove in his last few months at the Glasgow Warriors and specifically to coach Dave Rennie.