Podcast: Episode 56 – McCockers

This week Iain and Cammy take a look at Scotland’s Six Nations squad and answer some questions posed by a reader. The guys also look back at the weekend’s European action and chat about THAT offload. Not THAT one. The other one. We also announce our shortlist for our “Song For Scotland” campaign and plans for a “live” episode.

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6 comments on “Podcast: Episode 56 – McCockers

  1. Andy Render on

    What do the blog glitterati think of the possibility that John Barclay might not make the RWC19 squad. He is clearly struggling to get back from the achilles injury and will potentially struggle to get game time for Embra especially if they are in meaningful matches in Europe and Pro14. He has a lot of credit in the bank but there are good other options available for Toony. It would be a real shame but there is no room for sentimentality in these things and I think he might not make it.

    • Stu2 on

      Having snapped my Achilles myself a few years ago I had my doubts Barclay would make it back to the heights.

      Granted I was a few years older that Barclay and much less fit, but there is something about that injury post aged 30 that suggests you’re not coming back.

      You lack mobility, spring and its always there in the back of your mind.

      I am sure he will do well for Embra, but whilst I hope I am wrong I think this might be an injury to far.

      • Ńéíł on

        Wel luckily Barclay has a far more determined and positive attitude to rehab on these kind of things and has proffessionals constantly monitoring him.

  2. NorthI127 on

    Achilles tendon rupture in a 32 year old playing top level attritional sport does carry a fair risk of not returning to previous baseline. This length of layoff is not excessive and I suggest “struggling to get back” is not necessarily the way to put it – I am sure caution is being used in great measure. BMJ article on subject last week said risk of re-rupture very low.
    If others are tearing it up, then picking him in a 31 man squad is not wise unless he has shown he is his old self in the summer matches. I write this despite being a huge Barclay fan who was perplexed by the wilderness years.

    • Andy Render on

      Totally agree NorthI127, I’ve always been a huge fan of JB from when he was thrown to the wolves vs NZ in the world cup and throughout his time on walkabout in Wales.

  3. Alastair on

    Hands in the ruck…

    At the bar at Murrayfield on Friday night they were pre-pouring 330ml cans of G&T into half pint plastic cups, but still charging the full 330ml price for c20% less. When asked if it was the whole can the bar staff insisted it was, despite the mathematical impossibility. Bad enough being cheeky gits, but blatantly lying about it when challenged really grates.

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