Glasgow Warriors’ Matt Fagerson will miss both festive legs of the 1872 Cup matches against Edinburgh after being handed a three-week suspension for his red card in Saturday’s loss to La Rochelle in the Heineken Champions Cup.
Glasgow perform best under pressure and their season is still in their own hands in both competitions going into the festive season doubleheader with Edinburgh, says scrum coach Petrus du Plessis.
That sound you maybe heard through the buffeting wind and the driving, freezing rain at Scotstoun on Saturday night was the air fizzling out of Glasgow Warriors’ season before we’ve even reached Christmas.
Glasgow’s approach to La Rochelle at Scotstoun on Saturday hasn’t even considered whether the French side put out their best team after suffering defeat to the Warriors in Western France last week.
Scotland will field a strong side as the first major rugby nation to play Georgia in Tbilisi but it is a final eliminator for some for the World Cup after all.
Time was when Scotland used to spend a day training in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh as their warm weather preparation for games in steamy foreign climes but it’s far more scientific as they prepare for the Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Even the youngest man in the Glasgow Warriors’ squad has no qualms about poking his finger in the chest of one of his veteran team-mates if it’s required.
Scotland are welcoming players back to the fold as the injury crisis abates but putting the returnees back in immediately without much game-time is a “needs must” in certain positions, admitted assistant coach Danny Wilson.
A pack of Scots rugby stars have thrown their weight behind the work of an Angus community rugby trust by agreeing to become ambassadors in the effort to drive the body forward.
Two pairs of local brothers have made it into the Scotland starting line-up that will face the USA this weekend.