A trip to Welford Road in April would be right up Richard Cockerill’s street, but there will be no getting ahead of themselves for Edinburgh as they plot a way to the European Challenge Cup quarter-finals.
Four tries from their electric wing Darcy Graham allowed Edinburgh to cruise into a European Challenge Cup quarter-final over an outmatched Agen at Murrayfield.
Scotland have moved on from the World Cup but despite as many as six uncapped players in the 38-strong preliminary squad for the 2020 Guinness Six Nations, it seems to be an evolutionary change rather than a clearout.
I’ll begin this column about Mark Dodson, the SRU’s chief executive, the same way as I did the last one - it may be an unpopular view, but I think he’s done a pretty good job in his eight years at Murrayfield.
Glasgow Warriors will have both of Scotland’s lead scrum-halves for the next two seasons at least with Ali Price agreeing to a new deal until at least the summer of 2022.
Edinburgh’s growth as a team in the last 18 months means Saturday’s European Challenge Cup game against Agen is one they should be confident about achieving their targets, believes head coach Richard Cockerill.
It’s only six years since Gregor Townsend feared that he and Stuart Hogg “might not work together as player and coach” but now the electric full-back, Scotland’s high-profile player in modern times, is also the national team’s captain.
Saracens put Glasgow out of Europe again, but Warriors may have found themselves in European disappointment
In the end, it really had to be Saracens – for whom this year’s Heineken Champions Cup might represent their last competitive rugby at the elite level, ever – who did for Glasgow Warriors’ European campaign.
It’ll be a long weekend or Glasgow Warriors as they wait to see whether they can squeeze into the last eight of the Heineken Champions Cup, but fans travelling to Sale will have the joy of seeing Leone Nakarawa in a Warriors shirt again.
Glasgow Warriors did their job in resounding fashion at Sale, but will have to wait for two Sunday results to see if they can squeeze into the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finals for the second year in succession.