Gregor Townsend has focused on continuity as he takes over as Scotland head coach and didn’t depart from the tried and tested as he named his first squad to tour the southern hemisphere this summer.
John Barclay will continue as captain of Scotland on their three match summer tour as new head coach Gregor Townsend opted for continuity in his first squad.
Sean Lamont has few regrets as he took his leave of rugby at Scotstoun, not even that he couldn’t quite get away from the tacklers on one last gallop down the paddock.
On reflection, perhaps with all the build-up and emotion involved Saturday’s 1872 Cup match was fated to end in a huge anti-climax for Gregor Townsend and Glasgow.
Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw has been called into the squad for the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand this summer after original selection Ben Youngs withdrew for family reasons.
Edinburgh stunned Scotstoun and ruined Gregor Townsend’s Warriors farewell with a thoroughly deserved first victory in Glasgow since 2003.
Gregor Townsend believes he personally and Glasgow Warriors as a club are far in advance of what he expected as he leaves Scotstoun to take up the reins of the Scotland national team after today’s season-ending 1872 Cup match against Edinburgh.
Duncan Hodge will happily revert to being an assistant coach at Edinburgh next season under Richard Cockerill but agrees that the full pre-season he was denied could be crucial for the new coach and the club.
Former Scotland captain Mike Blair will join the rest of the Glasgow Warriors coaching team in making the switch to international duties but will be staying at Scotstoun as well from next season onwards.
The monkey is now off his and Edinburgh’s back and Damien Hoyland says summer activities loom large for this week’s 1872 Cup second leg between Edinburgh and Glasgow at Scotstoun.