We’ve just hit three weeks in Japan in the press corps, but the team have been here for more than four now, and they seem to be battling to stave off tour boredom.
Scottish Rugby are taking time to digest the £70,000 fine and an order to apologise from World Rugby for the dispute arising from the threat of cancellation of their final pool game at the Rugby World Cup in Japan, but appear in little mood to compromise.
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.
Scotland in Japan: SRU CEO Mark Dodson appeals to court of public opinion as World Rugby stand firm on cancellation threat
Scotland’s hopes of forcing World Rugby to play their pivotal Rugby World Cup game against Japan on Sunday appear to be floundering despite Scottish Rugby CEO Mark Dodson claiming “in the court of public opinion, we’ve already won” the case to have the game not cancelled.
Edinburgh have no choice but to give the Montpellier mammoths the run-around at Stade Altrad if they are to get anything from their Heineken Champions’ Cup opener today, believes Richard Cockerill.
There’s always a huge element of `yeah, but what have you done for me lately?’ in sport. My favourite example of this was speaking to an Irish journalist over a beer when he was disparaging the efforts of Padraig Harrington – less than a year after Paddy had won two majors in the same season and become Ireland’s greatest-ever sportsman.
World Rugby are scandalously putting Scotland and their fans in harm’s way.
Rory McIlroy’s 2019 season, by any judgement, has been one of remarkable success.
What was Scotland’s best performance under Gregor Townsend? There’s been a few good ones, the current coach holds the best record of any national coach since professionalism, with 15 wins and a 57.4% success rate.
“Urgency” rather than desperation is the feeling with Glasgow headed into what could be a crucial two games against inter-city rivals Edinburgh over Christmas week.