Glasgow Team for Leinster

Glasgow Warriors team to play Leinster in the Magners League at the RDS tomorrow (kick-off 7.30pm): Stortoni, O’Hare, Murchie, Horne, van der Merwe; Jackson, McMillan; Welsh, Hall, Kalman, Barker, Turner; Eddie, Forrester, Vernon. Substitutes: Thomson, Low, Harley, Fusaro, Gregor, McCall, Kinloch.

So no Dougie Hall for penalty machine Scott Lawson then. No sign of Richie Gray either. Could there be a Hines at 6, Gray on the bench type shuffle on the horizon if Brown doesn’t recover from his head knock in time?

Ireland Team to Face Scotland

Ireland: G Murphy; T Bowe, B O’Driscoll, G D’Arcy, K Earls; J Sexton, T O’Leary; C Healy, R Best, J Hayes; D O’Callaghan, P O’Connell; S Ferris, D Wallace, J Heaslip.
Replacements: S Cronin, T Buckley, L Cullen, S Jennings, E Reddan, R O’Gara, R Kearney.

Would any of them make it into the Scotland team? Woops, I meant that the other way round. Any Scots you would pick ahead of this lot? The Scotland team announcement has been delayed until tomorrow.

Scotland Injury Report

Flanker Kelly Brown is under the care of the Scotland medical team following the blow to his head that he sustained in the Calcutta Cup clash at Murrayfield two days ago.

Scotland team doctor James Robson said today: “Kelly is now subject to the usual return to play protocols that are in place following such an injury. He will be monitored on a daily basis.”

Dr Robson noted that prop Euan Murray and centre Nick De Luca (both shoulder bruising), wing Max Evans (leg bruising), full-back Hugo Southwell (calf) and stand-off Phil Godman (shoulder joint/chest wall bruising) were also receiving treatment from Scotland physiotherapists Dan Moore and Stephen Mutch.

Points on the Board

Scotland 15-15 England

Usually in recent years it has been the case that Scotland are thumped by an England team, or manage to doggedly grind out a win against them with penalties despite their try line having been under severe pressure for most of the match (similar in style to the recent wins in ’06 and ’08, or the win against Australia). So the result on Saturday was an odd one, and yet in some ways curiously satisfying.

So Slack I Forgot The Title

Sorry I’ve been a bit slack folks, I put up a preview of the Scotland England match at:scrum.com Fanzone.

Come on the boys! Score-wise, what do you reckon? I think it could be close. My gut says it will be a slog but still winnable. If both teams play some rugby I wouldn’t like to think what could happen….

Prem 1 roundup

A delayed roundup of last weekend’s premier 1 matches. Things are getting tight at the top as Hawks beat Dundee, Melrose got the win they had needed and every top half team is ravenously hunting for a top four spot rumoured to earn the highest placed teams a station in next years British and Irish Cup. Of course this is all supposition right now. Something that is true, however, is that Watsonians are staring into the relegation abyss after losing to Selkirk. It could come to the wire between them and fellow strugglers Accies but with two of their remaining games against Melrose and Hawks, things aren’t looking good for the men in maroon.

Here are Saturday’s results:

Who Won’t Line Up Against Scotland

Phil Godman was last seen limping about during Edinburgh’s very impressive victory over the Ospreys on Sunday (anyone spot Clancy whistling up 20 seconds before time?!), but no word on troubles with any other Scotland players. So in the meantime here, lukewarmish off the presses and in the interests of fair reporting, an injury report on players in England’s EPS who may not feature against us next weekend:

(now updated with Scotland news)

A Seat At The Table

Rumours are bouncing around the media this week that there is some secret SRU conspiracy afoot to block Italian entry to the Magners League, and so in return a counter-conspiracy to boot the Scottish pro-teams out of the Magners has been mooted by the Welsh press.

“Scottish teams Edinburgh and Glasgow could be kicked out of the Magners League by their Welsh and Irish counterparts, Scrum V understands” is the quote. Key word being could. I could be a millionaire by next week, Scrum V, but it’s bloody unlikely. Would you write about that?

Oops. I think I just dignified it with a response.

A Quick Chat With The Future: Part 2- Richie Vernon

On the 21st of November 2009 Scotland recorded a magnificent result. A win against Australia thought to be nigh on impossible in the days leading up to the fixture. It was some day. Yet while this day was special for everyone lucky enough to see such a spectacle it held extra significance for one young man.

Quick Roundup

Thom Evans has returned to Scotland. Apparently he was even up and moving about last week. What a trooper.

Moray Low is out for the rest of the 6N as he requires knee surgery. Get well soon Moray!

Here’s the Scotland A team for the weekend too:

Scotland A: Colin Gregor (Glasgow Warriors), Mark Robertson (Edinburgh), Alex Grove (Worcester Warriors), John Houston (Edinburgh), Simon Webster (Edinburgh), Ruaridh Jackson (Glasgow Warriors), Greig Laidlaw (Edinburgh, capt), Jon Welsh (Glasgow Warriors), Andrew Kelly (Edinburgh), Kyle Traynor (Edinburgh), Richie Gray (Glasgow Warriors), Scott MacLeod (Edinburgh), James Eddie (Glasgow Warriors), Scott Gray (Northampton Saints), Richie Vernon (Glasgow Warriors).
Replacements: Fergus Thomson (Glasgow Warriors), Ed Kalman (Glasgow Warriors), Craig Hamilton (Edinburgh), Roddy Grant (Edinburgh), Mark McMillan (Glasgow Warriors), David Blair (Edinburgh), Peter Murchie (Glasgow Warriors).

Good to see Colin Gregor at full back. Not sure about the rumours of Jim Thompson moving west, I’d like to see him stay and compete with Mossy for the Edinburgh 15 shirt – he’s sure to get a chance as soon as the league resumes anyway and it would be a shame to nail down a place then move. I’d also like to see Gregor given more of a shot at 15, yes he is wee but so is Ben Foden and Peter Horne has looked good at 15 on the few occasions I have seen him too.

Also good luck to the boys playing in the British and Irish Cup this weekend. I’ve got some stuff on this weekend so I’m not even sure if I’ll see the Italy game (gulp), but one of the other guys will chip in with their thoughts I am sure. Thanks for all your feedback on the blog (2 articles down from here), keep it coming!

Back to the Future

It’s all changing in Scottish rugby at the moment. A new generation of players are bedding into the national side. Glasgow and Edinburgh could be in the picture for the first ever Magners League playoff. A few club sides have taken part in the first year of the British and Irish Cup. Yep, things are evolving.

So why would we revert back to a system we had previously abandoned?