Well, it’s happening. Even though the pitfalls of 18,000-mile round trips don’t really seem to have been properly examined, the Guinness PRO14, with South African teams now aboard, will kick off as early as next month.
It seems an extreme version of Einstein’s definition of insanity; not just doing the same over and over and expecting different results, but following to the letter someone else’s abject failure and expecting it to be a success.
Edinburgh’s long-rumoured pursuit of Bath’s New Zealand-born centre Robbie Fruean ended in success with the 28-year-old signing on a two-year deal.
Glasgow Warriors have added another lock in Kiran McDonald and retained Ratu Tagive for a second season as the new squad for incoming coach Dave Rennie continues to take shape.
Scottish Rugby has surrendered its automatic place in the European Rugby Champions Cup - in the hope that it might get both its teams qualifying.
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.
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.
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Edinburgh’s Guinness PRO12 season finally got a lift with an astonishing comeback victory against Dragons to end their nightmare run of defeats.