Scotland’s most-capped rugby player Ross Ford has hung up his boots and will take on a role developing the next generation of young players from his native Border country.
Both Edinburgh and Glasgow have big game issues and tonight’s 1872 Cup game with play-off considerations at stake is a test for both and for Scottish rugby, believes Richard Cockerill.
Second season syndrome was almost assured for Richard Cockerill at Edinburgh. It was almost impossible to avoid.
Edinburgh won’t change the style that has brought them success even if they need to score four tries and beat Glasgow in the final 1872 Cup match at Scotstoun on Saturday.
Edinburgh are in the happy position of putting out their strongest team every week as they make a last-gasp run for the Guinness PRO14 play-offs and feel they can beat the best team of anyone left in the competition.
Ross Ford can still get to 200 games played for Edinburgh if they reach the Guinness PRO14 play-offs, and the veteran hooker looks likely to play every part in the season finale as the capital club chase down a postseason slot.
Edinburgh have “dusted themselves off” the disappointment of their Heineken Cup quarter-final loss and are ready to back it up in the final three Guinness PRO14 games to reach Europe again, says head coach Richard Cockerill.
Richard Cockerill believes “massive” games are still to come in this season, but it didn’t feel that way in the aftermath of Saturday’s Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final.
Every test Darcy Graham has been handed this season he’s passed, and the Edinburgh flier is handed another “roll of the dice” examination by Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill for today’s Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final against Munster at Murrayfield.
Eighteen quarter-final appearances against just three is a measurement of how big a shock it would be for Edinburgh to overcome Munster in their Heineken Cup quarter-final, believes Richard Cockerill.