Gregor Townsend’s mind fluctuated briefly but he stuck to his plan to give a whole swathe of experienced players the summer off and only two players over 30 years of age will tour with Scotland to Canada, the USA and Argentina in June.
International eligibility has become “a competitive market” with nations battling for up and coming names who are dual-qualified, believes Scotland coach Gregor Townsend.
Harlequins stand-off James Lang is the surprise selection among six uncapped players for Scotland’s three-test summer tour of North and South America announced today.
Scottish Rugby’s new semi-professional Super6 competition will feature no clubs from north of the Forth or from Glasgow after the review panel revealed the six successful bids yesterday.
Richard Cockerill maybe won’t like the analogy – Dave Rennie certainly won’t – but there is something of the Tortoise and the Hare about the Scottish pro teams as this 2017-18 season draws to a conclusion.
Edinburgh had what they needed for the Guinness PRO14 play-offs before they took the field in front of a record crowd at BT Murrayfield, but they got the win and the 1872 Cup anyway with a deserved 24-19 victory over the Glasgow Warriors.
The perception of a post-Six Nations malaise is the same, but there can be no excuses for lack of motivation in today’s 1872 Cup season finale between Edinburgh and Glasgow Warriors at BT Murrayfield.
DTH van der Merwe remembers when 5000 fans at an 1872 Cup game made it “the biggest day of the season” but the Canadian’s 100th game for the Glasgow Warriors shows just how far they’ve come.
Edinburgh will focus on getting what they need from the 1872 Cup third leg against Glasgow Warriors on the assumption their play-off rivals do the same and let the cards fall where they may, says Richard Cockerill.
George Horne’s rise from mere fringe potential to first choice scrum-half for Glasgow has been no real surprise for Dave Rennie.
Dave Rennie finds it amusing that Edinburgh will be cheering for the Glasgow Warriors in Belfats tonight, but the focus of his team is entirely on doing themselves the maximum of good rather than helping their fellow Scots.
Scottish Rugby haven’t even waited until the end of the season before signing up Richard Cockerill to a contract extension with Edinburgh Rugby that will keep him at the club until the end of the 2020-21 campaign.
Jamie Bhatti has agreed a new deal to stay another season at the Glasgow Warriors after a “whirlwind” first full professional season.
Former Scotland captain Bryan Redpath will take charge of Scotland's Under-20s campaign for the forthcoming World Junior Championships in France.
Richard Cockerill’s reputation as a tough as teak taskmaster was always a little overstated, but he had to revert to the stereotype to get his Edinburgh team to the verge of the Guinness PRO14 play-offs.
Edinburgh took a massive step towards the Guinness PRO14 play-offs with an eight-try, 50-point feast of counter-attacking rugby against the Scarlets at a sun-drenched BT Murrayfield.
Glasgow secured their home semi-final in the Guinness PRO14 play-offs and maintained their 100 per cent home record with a bonus point victory over Connacht at Scotstoun.
Finn Russell is “desperate” to leave Glasgow with another Guinness PRO14 title but his dip in form has him dropped to the bench as the Warriors aim to book their home advantage for the play-offs against Connacht tonight.
Dougie Fife wouldn’t swap a cold Saturday night in Edinburgh in April for the sunshine of the Gold Coast as an indication of how he’s restarted his career.
Flush with confidence on an unbeaten run and poised for knockout rugby on two fronts just two weeks ago, Edinburgh are in a “must-win” situation when Scarlets come to BT Murrayfield in the penultimate conference game in the Guinness PRO14, believes head coach Richard Cockerill.