Teams for the weekend and other stories

Scotland Women players Chloe Rollie (fullback) and Lisa Thomson (centre) have been signed by top female French club Lille Metropole Rugby Club Villeneuvois (LMRCV).

The duo will play in the French Top 8 this season alongside international teammate Jade Konkel, who moved to the club earlier this month, on one-year contracts.

Villeneuve d’Ascq, based in northern France near Lille, were crowned Top 8 champions in 2016 and were runners up in the 2017 final against Montpellier. The French leagues sit a level below the English but represent an ideal proving ground for our female rugby players to develop their skills with, one hopes, a resulting improvement in the fortunes of the national team too.

Rollie and Thomson will become full-time Stage 3 players in the BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy and will be available for Scotland Women selection, making them the country’s newest professional female players.

Glasgow aim for consistency

Adam Hastings, who impressed for Glasgow last weekend in their narrow loss to Northamption, will again partner George Horne as Glasgow head to Wales to face The Dragons (now of no fixed geographical association). As if to answer your comments from earlier, Ruaridh Jackson will do his bit to provide depth at fullback as he starts there tomorrow afternoon in Ebbw Vale following his stint in the Premiership.

Nick Grigg will partner Sam Johnson in midfield while the pack has a broadly similar look with Adam Ashe once again the captain with new club captain Ryan Wilson still in match resting mode for another few weeks.

George Turner and Lelia Masaga could make their debuts from the bench, while experience in the shape of Henry Pyrgos and Peter Horne also waits on the bench.

Glasgow Warriors team to play The Dragons at Eugene Cross Park, Ebbw Vale, Friday 25 August (kick-off 2pm, live coverage via Warriors Twitter):
15. Ruaridh Jackson, 14. Lee Jones, 13. Nick Grigg, 12. Sam Johnson, 11. Rory Hughes, 10. Adam Hastings, 9. George Horne; 1. Jamie Bhatti, 2. James Malcolm, 3. D’arcy Rae, 4. Brian Alainu’uese, 5. Scott Cummings, 6. Lewis Wynne, 7. Chris Fusaro, 8. Adam Ashe (capt).
Replacements: 16. George Turner, 17. Gary Strain (Glasgow Hawks), 18. Adam Nicol, 19. Greg Peterson, 20. Kiran McDonald, 21. Hamilton Burr, 22. Matt Smith, 23. Matt Fagerson, 24. Henry Pyrgos, 25. Peter Horne, 26. Patrick Kelly, 27. Lelia Masaga, 28. Stafford McDowell

Edinburgh wait to announce captain

Fresh back from the PRO14 launch where Mark Bennett was the official player representative from Edinburgh, Richard Cockerill is delaying the naming of his club captain until next week but has suggested in reports online that the new man will be a younger player and not one who has held the role before.

The most likely candidates include Jamie Ritchie and Magnus Bradbury, with Bradbury the only change to the pack to face Newcastle Falcons at the home of Melrose, The Greenyards on Friday night. No captain is listed for the fixture.

The rest of the changes are in the backs, where Blair Kinghorn starts at 15 and Dougie Fife – if he keeps scoring, Cockerill may be wondering why he was exiled to the Sevens – start at full-back and wing respectively.

In the massive list of replacements, Melrose scrum half Jason Baggot represents the locals while loan loosehead Ryan Grant will be itching for an opportunity to cover that particular gap in Edinburgh’s depth and show he’s worth a contract.

Edinburgh team to play Newcastle Falcons at The Greenyards in a pre-season fixture tomorrow (Friday 25 August, kick-off 6pm)
15. Blair Kinghorn, 14. Darcy Graham, 13. Chris Dean, 12. Junior Rasolea, 11. Dougie Fife, 10. Duncan Weir, 9. Nathan Fowles; 1. Darryl Marfo, 2. Stuart McInally, 3. Simon Berghan, 4. Anton Bresler, 5. Grant Gilchrist, 6. Jamie Ritchie, 7. John Hardie, 8. Magnus Bradbury.
Replacements: Neil Cochrane, Cammy Fenton, Ryan Grant, Ross Dunbar, Murray McCallum, Kevin Bryce, Fraser McKenzie, Callum Hunter-Hill, Cornell du Preez, Luke Crosbie, Ally Miller, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, Jason Tovey, Jason Baggot, Tom Brown, Jason Harries, Glenn Bryce, James Johnstone, Jamie Farndale

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19 comments on “Teams for the weekend and other stories

  1. MK on

    Interesting to see Glen Young start at lock for Newcastle. Chat on the Falcons board seem to think they might see alot more of him during the season.

    • David on

      Just had a quick look at his bio as I don’t recall him from youth rugby – at over 6ft 6 and almost 17 stones, he’s certainly got the size. He is 23 now though, which is quite late to be making his first foray into pro rugby. It’s a position of strength for Scotland, so the chances of him pushing to that level are fairly low I would say.

  2. Neil on

    Was just going through old videos and found the one where the ‘Beast’ tendai lifts the guy behind his head upsidedown from a kickoff. More impressive now i found out it was the new 18st 2lb scotland lock Anton bresler he held up like is was nothing .

  3. Jamie on

    Good for the confidence of both teams that they won. Edinburgh could do well next year once they get Fruen and Bennett in midfield.
    I think Glasgow are going to be 1st or 2nd this year, squad depth looks great.

    Cummings will play for Scotland this year.

  4. Matto on

    Very encouraging to see the next tranche of talent coming through this year from a strong u21s side to both pro teams. Had thought Edinburgh are perhaps lacking inspiration in the backs. Hoyland, Kinghorn and Farndale (could add Graham too) are a young potential back three that could develop into a prolific, if perhaps a little lightweight, unit. Masaga could balance that out though, and along with Freun and Bennett could indeed add the lacking edge. Feel that one of Hastings or Jacko could have gone to Edinburgh, but at least Glasgow have decent cover at 10. Edinburgh pack should be able to cope with any opposition in the league.

      • Scrummo on

        Aye I’ve seen Farndale listed at 99kg. And Kinghorn at 95kg and with his lanky frame likely to fill out and potentially add another stone or more.

      • David on

        I’d be surprised if that weight for Kinghorn is correct, to my eye he has beefed up a fair bit already and I would think he is already over 100kg.

  5. Annon on

    Hastings and Kinghorn will both play for Scotland this year, will certainly answer a lot of our troubled thoughts about depth if anything happens to Russell or Hogg…

  6. Matto on

    Fair enough – I’d seen Farndale listed as 6ft, 94kg, which would not be ‘big’ for a modern winger. Anyway, perhaps not a little lightweight then! Hope all three will have a good season at any rate.

  7. Alanyst on

    I think the “big winger” thing has to an extent had its time..looking at last weekends SH Championship teams: Ioane 103 kg but otherwise all under 100 kg and 4/8 under 90 kg (Smith, Skosan, Rhule, Moyano).

    No need to pack on the kilos for success if skills and conditioning are there.

    • Ade on

      Exactly – and hopefully the NH hemisphere teams will come to the same conclusion. If you have a beast of a bloke, who can’t pass or evade a tackle, what is he worth? Big T anyone?

      • Matto on

        It was a passing thought, rather than a point. So fair enough Hoyland is on the lighter side, but the other two are fairly average/big. I am by no means set on the idea that wingers should all be 110kg brutes. Hopefully they’ll turn out to be a perfectly weighted unit!

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