Before we focus completely on ‘The Italian Job’ (yeah, you’re gonna be reading that headline. A lot!) perhaps I should look at the recent developments at Glasgow and Edinburgh. Development is in fact the key word here because, as we acknowledge that this season has been very poor for Scottish rugby, I am forced to ask “will at least one of Scotland’s pro sides be turned into a development team?”
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.
The latest issue of FHM is upon us, and once again it has a rugby angle allowing me to shamelessly share the goodness with you, the reader du blog. In addition to the chat you’d expect from cover girl Nicole Scherzinger, this month you get a FREE copy of FHM Bionic which is packed full of fitness and lifestyle articles from leading sports people on how to succeed on the pitch, the athletics track or perhaps the UFC Arena, aka the city centre on a Saturday night. Plus we have a link to get you £1 off. Read on…
Glasgow Warriors: B Stortoni, H O’Hare, M Evans, G Morrison, DTH van der Merwe, R Jackson, C Gregor, J Welsh, F Thomson, M Low, R Gray, A Kellock (capt), R Harley, J Barclay, R Vernon.
Replacements: P McArthur, R Grant, K Tkachuk, A Muldowney, C Fusaro, H Pyrgos, P Murchie, F Aramburu.
Note due to sitting on a plane tweeting all day yesterday in bad weather, Glasgow’s game has moved back to 2pm GMT tomorrow (Sunday).
Edinburgh : C Paterson, L Jones, B Cairns, J Houston, T Visser, D Blair, G Laidlaw, A Jacobsen, R Ford, G Cross, S Turnbull, C Hamilton, S Newlands, S McInally, R Grant (captain)
Replacements: A Kelly, K Traynor, D Young, E Lozada, A MacDonald, N De Luca, J Thompson, S Webster.
Sunday, Murrayfield, 2pm GMT. Good to see Nick De Luca back!
Don’t forget to check out our competition in the post below this one to win a copy of the IRB Yearbook for 2011 – thanks to everyone who has posted so far!
UPDATE: Edinburgh will go ahead at 2pm today (Monday) at Murrayfield behind closed doors, in another rather ludicrous example of Health and Safety gone mad. Apparently there will be a radio commentary available online via BBC Scotland, keep an eye on this page. Glasgow will go ahead tomorrow (Tuesday) at 6pm GMT in Toulouse if the Warriors kit shows up in time. Hopefully they can get back hope in time for Christmas, along with the 20 hardy souls who have travelled in support. Sale vs Brive has also been moved to Netherdale in Galashiels tonight at 5pm, so there is plenty on – if only we could see it!
The newly released IRB World Rugby Yearbook clocks in at a hefty 640 pages and, much as you would expect from the title, is stuffed full of facts and opinion on the world of rugby. The eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed that is pretty much the same as this very blog. But with (way) more facts, and less Scotland. We take a look inside and offer you a chance to win one. Festive cheer indeed!
As everyone in Scotland is petrified of snowballs and the club game looks set to go into cold storage (awful, awful pun…) I suppose it is time to have THE debate. One that rages on, almost as passionately as the debate old bufties still have about pro rugby “being a terrible idea.” Yup, it’s that time; should we have Summer Rugby?!
Romania sealed the deal with a 39-12 win over Uruguay, and made their way as the final qualifier into Group B along with Georgia, Scotland, Argentina and England. As the event draws near, we will of course delve more deeply into the issues surrounding Scotland’s requirements for continuing the record of qualification from the group stages. And by delve, I mean make jokes about England and the All Blacks.
Factoid du jour: Georgia are coached by Scotsman and formal Scottish national coach Richie Dixon. Andy Robinson of course has also previously coached group opposition in the form of England.
I’m gonna blow my own trumpet…last week, like a new-age Mystic Meg, I predicted Scotland would usurp Ireland and Argentina in the World Rankings. I just had no idea we would do it so soon!
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.