Finn Russell could be the first of Glasgow’s missing stars to make his return in the Guinness PRO14 home opener against Ospreys as the Warriors seek to back up last week’s win at Connacht.
Only half the 18 players who toured with Scotland in the summer will feature in Glasgow’s opening Guinness PRO14 game at Connacht tonight, but it’s indicative of their retooled squad how strong the starting team is.
Glasgow continued their pre-season prospecting ahead of the Guinness PRO14 launch by reclaiming one of the most popular Scotstoun favourites on a one-year deal yesterday.
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.
The Guinness PRO14 - as we’re all desperately now trying to remember to call it – seems to be all new this year.
Success for Glasgow under new head coach Dave Rennie is simply winning the Guinness PRO14 – a lofty aim in the Kiwi’s first year at the helm of the Warriors but the only one his team can have, in the coach’s opinion.
Faced with all the talk of a change in attitude and culture at Edinburgh, all the players can do is take ownership of the malaise from last season and the transformation this year, believes Duncan Weir.
He could hardly have signalled Edinburgh’s change in direction more clearly had he stood in the middle of Princes Street with a loud hailer, but Richard Cockerill is convinced he’s made the right decision in appointing Magnus Bradbury as his captain.
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.