Ali Price is “in great nick, really fit and really lean” as he attempts to put a poor 2018 behind him returning to the Glasgow Warriors starting lineup in Bloemfontein.
Edinburgh duly got their first win of the Guinness PRO14 season but made heavy weather of subduing Connacht at a damp Murrayfield and were left hanging on for the victory after dominating for an hour.
Edinburgh have lost three times in succession under Richard Cockerill only once – at this time last year – but there is no panic in the ranks ahead of the meeting with Connacht at BT Murrayfield tonight.
The R&A’s desire to ditch its crusty, traditional image and promote a new persona for the 21st century was underlined with the announcement yesterday of a simplified Rules of the Golf and a complete rebranding of the organisation.
A year ago, pegged out and gasping for air in the in-goal area at the Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein, Callum Gibbins confirmed his arrival in the affections of Glasgow Warriors fans.
The rebel “Requisitionists” who voted down Scottish Golf’s proposed financial restructuring in March will have their own proposals tested at a special general meeting of the governing body early next month.
A 15-hour delay in getting to Johannesburg meant player briefing sessions had to be done in the air, but the Glasgow Warriors have arrived in South Africa for their two match Guinness PRO14 tour.
Edinburgh’s Mark Bennett is likely to be confirmed out until the New Year with the suspected hamstring rupture he suffered during the capital’s club narrow loss at Ulster on Friday.
The start of every new rugby season at Mayfield – and I’ve covered 23 of them now – always sparks a little optimism even in an arch pessimist like this one.
Glasgow Warriors rode the Scotstoun breeze to a 22 point lead at half-time and then held on against it with some smothering defence to beat Munster and start their Guinness PRO14 season with two wins from two.