That should probably read “team”, seeing as the Glasgow game vs Treviso is off despite a number of internationals offering to return to the fold and bolster the team. Of course the reason is not a lack of players, but the ice and snow which has hampered transport and playing conditions for rugby up and down the country. Some say it is the frozen tears of a million England football fans.
TEAM UPDATE: Max Evans has not fully recovered from the stinger he picked up last weekend against New Zealand that brought the game to a close. Hotly tipped Saints utility man Joe Ansbro has been brought straight into the side to earn his first cap. His now vacant wing place in the A Team results in giant Jack Cuthbert coming in at full back and Thompson swapping in for Ansbro. Congratulations to Joe and we wish him all the best for Saturday.
Although this was to a large part announced last year by club and country, the man himself has finally called time on his rugby career having been assured that a comeback would be medically not very clever. I’m gutted for Thom that he won’t be able to stage the comeback it sounds like he wanted to, and we wish him all the best for whatever he chooses to do next.
We’ll miss his zip on the wing next Saturday, that’s for sure.
Shh. Don’t say it too loud but Glasgow might actually be ok.
With the amount of quality which has left the squad, the double headed dash of inexperience at 10 and the back row switching from strength to uncertainty, the Warriors had a slow start to the season
As Robbo prepares to stop being in the crowd at every single Heineken Cup game on Sky and actually name his 33-man squad on Wednesday, he must have a few headaches. Even the distraction of B & I Lions manager Andy Irvine claiming Robbo is in the running for Lions head coach will take some heat away from the fact that some key injuries, poor performances and the inescapable need to select Dan “I’m enjoying the Leek and Mutton pies a bit too much” Parks could make selection a stingy issue.
Edinburgh finally reversed the losing streak that has dogged them since the end of last season, and did so in some style against a Leinster team that boasted most of its all-star Lions (save for Nathan Hines) returning to action just in time for the start of the season, I mean um, the Heineken Cup. Oh, and Tim Visser scored. Again.
If you are a Scottish rugby fan it has been a pretty dispiriting start to the season. This weekend proved no exception with Glasgow providing Connacht with their first away win in about 2 years and Edinburgh once again turning in a better performance, but nonetheless one of the schizophrenic, ramshackle ones that have personified their season so far.
Edinburgh continued their poor start to the season with a largely uninspiring home loss to Munster, only narrowly missing out on the victory through the boot of Chris Paterson. Had they claimed such a victory, Munster probably would have been hard done by, having controlled large swathes of territory and most of the possession with one of their standard “efficient but uninspiring” performances.