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Ed Kalman Gets The Call

Ed Kalman - picture courtesy Glasgow Warriors

Ed Kalman, the uncapped 29-year-old Glasgow Warriors prop, has been called into the Scotland squad for the opening two games of the RBS 6 Nations Championship.

Kalman, who had a fine game for the Warriors against Leinster in the Heineken Cup yesterday, will join up with the squad for a training camp in St Andrews next week.

He is called up after fellow Glasgow prop Moray Low was ruled out of the start of the championship with a knee injury.

Kalman, who has played for Scotland A on 12 occasions has been with the Warriors since he joined them in 2007 after one season with Border Reivers.

He is a product of the Whitecraigs club, having played in the Glasgow south-side club for 10 years from the age of 8. While at Belmont House School in Whitecraigs, he played for Glasgow Schools, and he went on to have two seasons in the Glasgow under-20 team from 2000 to 2002. He has also played professional club rugby in England with Newcastle Falcons and Leeds Tykes and was in a winning Cambridge University team in the 2005 Varsity match.

3 Responses

  1. Serious question from a non-front row expert. Where does Geoff Cross better Kalman?

    Who are the props in their 20’s who might make the step up (No.3’s in this case)?

    Someone is going to have to step up to the plate when Euan Murray is at church.

    If you look at the squad, you’d have to say that front row must be one of the main targets for Scott Johnson to source a few SA/NZ/Aus Scots qualified players in his new role.

  2. I’m not convinced that the term third choice prop is meaningful in the modern game. It is a very rare occasion when a prop will be asked to play a full 80 mins, and you can almost set you watch for the time that you will see the props changed. In other words, very good team have two first choice props, one to start, and one who is as equally good to come on after 60 mins. In some senses this explains why Glasgow have been able to stay in games longer this year, and come back stronger in the second half of matches.

    So I’m not convinced that at the present time there is much to choose between Low, Cusack and Kalman – each have different strengths and weaknesses and each have aspects of their game they need to work on. For example, Cusack needs to improve his defending around rucks as he often goes a bit missing at vital times or goes to the “wrong” flank of the ruck. Where he and Low are ahead of Kalman at the moment is consistency of performance. Ed had a fantastic game on Sunday, and was challenging Low for the Glasgow 3 shirt at the start of last season, but he needs to show he can back one great game up with another.

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