Tag: Edinburgh Rugby

Edinburgh Rugby are the capital’s professional rugby side and currently split home games between Murrayfield and Myreside. The head coach is Richard Cockerill and current club captain is Magnus Bradbury.

Watched From a Western Perspective: Edinburgh 28 – 36 Leinster

On Friday night at Murrayfield the capital side swapped the lead with Leinster seven times. In a free and easy game where tackling was not at a premium it was the hand-over that was evident. You attack; then we’ll attack. You get a head start; then we will cover, and recover. They lost by 8 points, 28-36.

Out On His Jones

Lee Jones at the Malmaison

No matter how your season is going it is nice to be recognised for your achievements, Even if you didn’t know you were being watched. Humble Borderer Lee Jones, upon hearing of his award of Hotel Du Vin/Malmaison Player of the Month, simply afforded himself a sheepish smile.

“I’m pretty pleased. I didn’t know they were running the award, to be fair, so when it came up in our team meeting I was genuinely shocked!

Edinburgh & Glasgow Heineken Cup Pre-Christmas Fixtures

In which Rory takes a look at the opening weeks of next season’s Heineken Cup fixtures. With Sean Lineen looking to prove his underperforming squad has not been destroyed by further departures, and Michael Bradley looking to make an instant impact at the helm of Edinburgh, it should make an interesting return to high intensity rugby following all the World Cup madness.

“I Want The Bigger Half…!”

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?”

Looking To The ‘A’ Team

Monday morning: a time to take stock.

Has your football team made that sensational transfer? Have you won a monumental Grand Slam? Are you still in charge of a whole nation?

If the answers to your bleary Monday morning questions are ‘Yes’ then congratulations: you are either a Russian Billionaire, a skilful Serb or a delusional Egyptian. You are most likely not a Scotsman.

Do not despair, though!

(now with update)

Obama, Eat Your Heart Out

Every time you turn on the news these days you are bombarded with the word ‘CHANGE’. The politicians are all screaming it. Travel agents can’t get enough of it. Even the chief exec.’s of Rangers and Celtic seem to be on the streets begging for some spare. So what is set to change in Scottish rugby next season?

The answer to that appears to be the squads of almost every single ‘top level’ team.

Edinburgh Team for Scarlets

We’ll be back in the next few days with our teams of the tournament and other Six Nations round-uppery, but time waits for no man and the Edinburgh boys are straight back into the action this weekend.

Edinburgh: Jim Thompson, Mark Robertson, Ben Cairns, Nick De Luca, Tim Visser, Phil Godman, Mike Blair (captain), Kyle Traynor, Andrew Kelly, Geoff Cross, Scott MacLeod, Steve Turnbull, Alan MacDonald, Ross Rennie, Roddy Grant.
Replacements: Ross Ford, Allan Jacobsen, Jim Hamilton, Scott Newlands, Greig Laidlaw, David Blair, John Houston.

Murrayfield, Friday night ko 1930. Not on TV as far as I can see, this one.

A Quick Chat With The Future: Part 1 – Rory Hutton

When one looks at Rory Hutton, he’ll be the first to admit, he doesn’t look like a rugby player. Tall and slender, slight with a lazy gate you could be forgiven for thinking he was an electrician, or something! Then you put a ball in the kid’s hands.

When Rory played against Cardiff on the 9th of January rugby viewers in the Celtic regions sat up and took notice. While easing into the game in a way natural to his insouciant spirit, it was his feint and dart that made spectators catch their breath. Twice he unlocked the Cardiff defence and made seasoned pros and British Lions follow imaginary passes. If he gets on this Friday he could do it to Munster.

He’s been doing this for years. Just ask anyone from Hawick. He’s got 5 7’s caps to prove he is a talented ball player. Even in his fleeting forays into this season’s Scottish Hydro Premier 1 matches for Heriot’s he has shown glimpses of something special. Is he ready for a professional contract? Most likely. Is he going to be the answer to Scotland’s problems at 10? We will have to wait and see. One thing is for sure; Wherever Rory plays, he will be doing so with a smile on his face.

A.D. briefly caught up (‘Countdown’ style) with Rory this week;

AD: Alright, Rory! How do you feel your season has gone so far?

RH: It’s been ok. A bit stop start with injuries but I’ve had a game with Edinburgh and on the whole it’s going pretty well.

Being, ostensibly, an Academy player stepping into your first pro. game, how did you feel before the Cardiff game?

I did feel a little bit nervous. Training had gone well, though, and I was more excited at the chance, rather than anything else.

Having made an impact on that game how have you coped with the increase in recognition and notoriety? A lot are calling for you to get a contract next season/play for Scotland, after all!

Ha-ha it’s been fine! I’ve not noticed it too much to be honest. I try and just get on with my rugby.

Has it changed your outlook on games?

No I always take every game the same. It’s important to perform at whatever level I’m involved in.

What is your normal match preparation? (Day before: food, sleep, cinema, swimming etc)?

I try and eat well and regularly. Other than that I just chill out, usually with the girlfriend.

How lovely…Away from rugby, what is your Nickname?

For some reason I have now become known as ‘The Eel’ at Heriot’s.

What is your drink of choice?

I am prone to an Irn Bru.

What’s a perfect Saturday night for you?

I like to go out have a good laugh with the boys. Always being sensible, though…

What is your ‘Dream Job’?

I wouldn’t mind being a musician.

If you could be a kingpin in any other sport, who would it be?

Easy. Usain bolt. Superstar.

Which 3 people, dead or alive, would you love to go for a pint with?

Frankie Boyle, Peter Griffin from family guy…and your lovely self!

And finally…Scarlett Johansson or Beyonce Knowles?

Beyonce

Look out for Rory in Edinburgh’s colours this Friday as he lines up on the bench against champions Munster. He could also feature for Heriot’s in their upcoming British and Irish Cup games. It could be an exciting 6N period for the youngster.

I will hopefully be back soon with a quick word with another up-and-coming Scottish prospect…