The Lions in New Zealand in 2017 are an entirely different animal to the last touring team to the self-proclaimed “spiritual home of rugby”. The odd thing is, for different reasons, they may end up being exactly the same.
The international windows should be an opportunity for Edinburgh rather than an example that they don’t have the strength in depth of other sides in the Guinness PRO14, believes coach Richard Cockerill.
Scotland's astonishing second-half surge overwhelmed Wales at BT Murrayfield and brought their first win over the visitors for 10 years.
It’s been 18 years and Paul Lawrie has played the 18th at Carnoustie countless times since the finest moment of his career, but never quite the same way he did this week.
They were three days off a 36 hour flight. They are by nature a select side formed on the training field at a fortnight’s notice. The referee was an unabashed homer.
To be honest, it’s been a tough few weeks of hard work at the rugby, and it would be have been so, so easy. Many of you might not even have noticed, such is my habit of repeating myself.
On paper it was the exact right result – a try bonus win against the bottom club – but Dundee HSFP know they dodged a bullet as they try to climb back into the promotion race in BT National league Division One.
Edinburgh need to temper their ambition with the basics that were once their speciality if they want to climb the Guinness PRO12 and get revenge over Zebre in Italy this week, says head coach Duncan Hodge.
Dougie Fife is back in the Edinburgh side for a league game for the first time in a year but Edinburgh head south for their Guinness PRO14 season opener at Cardiff without a clutch of their top stars.
Where to start on a tumultuous 12 hours for the British and Irish Lions?