Month: February 2011

Scotland Injury Update

Our Six Nations review will follow tomorrow, but for now here is the SRU update on Six Scotland players who will require further medical assessment from injuries sustained in yesterday’s RBS 6 Nations Championship loss to Ireland at Murrayfield.

Scotland team doctor James Robson reported today that among the forwards lock Richie Gray had a knee strain; his second-row partner, captain Alastair Kellock had hand bruising and a neck strain; and flanker John Barclay had a knee contusion.

In the backs stand-off Ruaridh Jackson had calf bruising; centre Sean Lamont had bruising to his shoulders and upper body; and full-back Chris Paterson had shoulder bruising.

Dr Robson added: “We will be closely monitoring all players over the next 48 hours but at this juncture none of the injuries is giving us any serious cause for concern.

Scotland’s Sunday In Numbers

When you read a national newspaper everyone is obsessed with numbers. People want a player rated out of 10, a statistical breakdown of offloads out of the tackle and the number of pints sold at a ground.

Despite being sober and despite the improved nature of our performance we have still lost 3 in a row and look set for a showdown with the Twickenham steamroller, so forgive me for wanting to hide behind statistics and numbers today.

Scotland U20s in Brief

I went along to the Scotland vs Ireland U20 international last night at Caledonian Stadium in Inverness. Despite sunny patches throughout the day, the weather really turned on the crowd and what was blustery at the start turned into a bit of a downpour just before halftime that sent the crowd scurrying for cover and flattened the atmosphere considerably.

News Roundup & NZ Earthquake

Scotland U20s take on U20s up North this weekend, with kick off at 730pm and free entry hopefully it will be a big crowd like last year. More information can be found on the SRU site here.

Don’t forget to check out the posts A.D and I have been doing for ESPN’s scrum.com on the Six Nations campaign, but only if you want to.

Of more pressing concern is the news from New Zealand this week that the city of Christchurch has suffered a horrible natural disaster. The thoughts of all at Scottish Rugby Blog towers go out to the people of Christchurch and we wish them all the best on the long road to recovery. Talk of merriment is probably far from their minds right now but I am sure if their rugby men are indicative of the region’s spirit and durability they will bounce back stronger, and we hope to be able to drink a beer with some of them come September.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to aid the recovery can do so via the Red Cross UK | NZ | AU

Injury forces the return of Mossy?

According to STV news Joe Ansbro, Hugo Southwell and Rory Lamont will all sit out this weekend’s game with Ireland due to injury. Unlike the England Internationals, our exiles were back in action this weekend and Joe picked up a head knock after a collision with Butch James, he has been rested from training as a routine precaution and is unlikely to feature.

Friday Night Frights

Here are the teams for tonight in the unlikely event you missed them. Glasgow travel to Connacht with both Jackson and perhaps Weir looking to lay down a Scotland marker after Dan Parks’ return to his “mercurial” ways – and not mercurial like Gregor Townsend used to be. Edinburgh travel to Thomond Park (weatherman Tim Visser reports weather is “rubbish”), giving us a first look at Nick Scrivener’s approach to the under performing capital men/dark knights/gunners/shower, unless you went to Newport last weekend which may actually have been a better plan than going to Murrayfield, in hindsight.

Glasgow: B Stortoni, H O’Hare, F Aramburu, P Murchie, D van der Merwe, R Jackson, C Gregor (capt), R Grant, F Thomson, E Kalman, A Muldowney, T Ryder, R Harley, C Forrester, J Beattie.
Replacements: F Gillies, J Welsh, K Tkachuk, R Wilson, C Fusaro, H Pyrgos, D Weir, P Horne.

Edinburgh: Chris Paterson, Lee Jones, Ben Cairns, James King, Tim Visser, David Blair, Greig Laidlaw (capt), Kyle Traynor, Andrew Kelly, Geoff Cross, Scott MacLeod, Steven Turnbull, Fraser McKenzie, Netani Talei, Ross Rennie.
Replacements: Alun Walker, Lewis Niven, David Young, Alan MacDonald, Roddy Grant, Nick De Luca, Simon Webster, Jim Thompson.

Munster vs Edinburgh, live on BBC Alba ko 1950. Coverage also on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW.

Don’t You, Forget About Milk(/Glasgow)

Yup, amidst all the Six Nations excitement there is still some Magners League action on this weekend. Usually this is the point where the Scottish teams take a dip with all our top guys on International/A-Team duty, but with two A games already out of the way and no official A Six Nations, this weekend a few of the boys have been released back to their club allowing Sean Lineen to field a decent side including form openside Rob Harley, Johnnie Beattie and the returning Duncan Weir. Also involved will be longtime Glasgow servant Bernie Stortoni who is departing at the end of the season and new face Tom Ryder, who while still technically signed to Saracens will be eligible to play until the end of the season at which point he will join Glasgow full time.

Glasgow Team to face Cardiff: Stortoni; O’Hare, Aramburu, Murchie, Van Der Merwe; Weir, Gregor (capt), Grant, Thomson, Kalman, Muldowney, Ryder, Harley, Forrester, Beattie

This game will be shown on BBC Wales, live from Firhill, kick off 1935.