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Edinburgh & Glasgow Warriors

A Not So Brief History of Time-Wasting   (click to show/hide):

Guinness Pro12


Edinburgh - Fixtures & Results   (click to show/hide):

Click on a match for more in-depth info & highlights (ultimaterugby.com):
Victories in bold.

Results
1. 03/09/2016 | 19:35 | Cardiff Blues 34 - 16 Edinburgh Rugby | Cardiff Arms Park | BBC ALBA
2. 09/09/2016 | 19:35 | Edinburgh Rugby 20-9 Scarlets | BT Murrayfield | BBC ALBA
3. 16/09/2016 | 19:35 | Edinburgh Rugby 20-33 Leinster Rugby | BT Murrayfield | BBC ALBA/TG4
4. 24/09/2016 | 15:00 | Munster Rugby 28-14 Edinburgh | Rugby Thomond Park | Sky
5. 30/09/2016 | 19:35 | Connacht Rugby 28-15 Edinburgh Rugby | Galway Sportsground | TG4
6. 07/10/2016 | 19:35 | Edinburgh Rugby 45-10 Benetton Treviso | BT Murrayfield | BBC ALBA

Fixtures
7. 28/10/2016 | 19:35 | Edinburgh Rugby v Zebre Rugby | BT Murrayfield
8. 04/11/2016 | 19:35 | Edinburgh Rugby v Ulster Rugby | BT Murrayfield | BBC ALBA/BBCNI
9. 27/11/2016 | 15:30 | Newport Gwent Dragons v Edinburgh Rugby | Rodney Parade | S4C
10. 02/12/2016 | 19:35 | Ospreys v Edinburgh Rugby | Liberty Stadium | BBCW
11. 26/12/2016 | 16:05 | Edinburgh Rugby v Glasgow Warriors | BT Murrayfield | BBC ALBA
12. 31/12/2016 | TBC | Zebre Rugby v Edinburgh Rugby | Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi | TBC
13. 07/01/2017 | 15:00 | Edinburgh Rugby v Munster Rugby | Myreside | Sky
14. 10/11/12 Feb | TBC | Ulster Rugby v Edinburgh Rugby | Kingspan Stadium | TBC
15. 17/18/19 Feb | TBC | Leinster Rugby v Edinburgh Rugby | RDS Arena | TBC
16. 24/25/26 Feb | TBC | Edinburgh Rugby v Cardiff Blues | Myreside | TBC
17. 03/04/05 Mar | TBC | Edinburgh Rugby v Ospreys | Myreside | TBC
18. 24/25/26 Mar | TBC | Scarlets v Edinburgh Rugby | Parc y Scarlets | TBC
19. 07/08/09 Apr | TBC | Edinburgh Rugby v Connacht Rugby | Myreside | TBC
20. 15/04/2017 | 20:05 | Benetton Treviso v Edinburgh Rugby | Stadio Monigo | TBC
21. 28/29/30 Apr | TBC | Edinburgh Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons | Myreside | TBC
22. 06/05/2017 | 17:15 | Glasgow Warriors v Edinburgh Rugby | Scotstoun Stadium | TBC


Youtube playlist of all of Edinburgh's Pro12 action here.

Glasgow Warriors - Fixtures & Results   (click to show/hide):

Click on a match for more in-depth info & highlights (ultimaterugby.com):
Victories in bold.

Results
1. 03/09/2016 | 17:35 | Connacht Rugby 5-41 Glasgow Warriors | Galway Sportsground | Sky
2. 10/09/2016 | 15:00 | Glasgow Warriors 33-25 Leinster Rugby | Scotstoun Stadium | Sky

3. 16/09/2016 | 19:00 | Cardiff Blues 23-19 Glasgow Warriors | Cardiff Arms Park | [Not on TV]
4. 23/09/2016 | 19:35 | Glasgow Warriors 17-22 Ulster Rugby | Scotstoun Stadium | ALBA/BBCNI
5. 30/09/2016 | 19:35 | Newport Gwent Dragons 17-26 Glasgow Warriors | Rodney Parade | BBCW/ALBA
6. 08/10/2016 | 17:05 | Zebre Rugby 28-33 Glasgow Warriors | Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi | TBC


Fixtures
7. 28/10/2016 | 19:35 | Glasgow Warriors v Benetton Treviso | Scotstoun Stadium | BBC ALBA
8. 05/11/2016 | 19:35 | Scarlets v Glasgow Warriors | Parc y Scarlets | S4C/BBC ALBA
9. 25/11/2016 | 19:35 | Glasgow Warriors v Ospreys | Scotstoun Stadium | Sky
10. 02/12/2016 | 19:35 | Glasgow Warriors v Munster Rugby | Scotstoun Stadium | BBC ALBA/TG4
11. 26/12/2016 | 16:05 | Edinburgh Rugby v Glasgow Warriors | BT Murrayfield | BBC ALBA
12. 31/12/2016 | 14:00 | Benetton Treviso v Glasgow Warriors | Stadio Monigo | TBC/BBC ALBA
13. 07/01/2017 | 19:35 | Glasgow Warriors v Cardiff Blues | Scotstoun Stadium | BBC ALBA/S4C
14. 10/11/12 Feb | TBC | Glasgow Warriors v Scarlets | Scotstoun Stadium | TBC
15. 17/18/19 Feb | TBC | Ulster Rugby v Glasgow Warriors | Kingspan Stadium | TBC
16. 24/25/26 Feb | TBC | Ospreys v Glasgow Warriors | Liberty Stadium | TBC
17. 03/04/05 Mar | TBC | Glasgow Warriors v Newport Gwent Dragons | Scotstoun Stadium | TBC
18. 24/25/26 Mar | TBC | Glasgow Warriors v Connacht Rugby | Scotstoun Stadium | TBC
19. 07/08/09 Apr | TBC | Munster Rugby v Glasgow Warriors | Irish Independent Park | TBC
20. 14/04/2017 | 19:35 | Glasgow Warriors v Zebre Rugby | Scotstoun Stadium | BBC ALBA
21. 28/29/30 Apr | TBC | Leinster Rugby v Glasgow Warriors | RDS Arena  |  TBC
22. 06/05/2017 | 17:15 | Glasgow Warriors v Edinburgh Rugby | Scotstoun Stadium | TBC


Youtube playlist of all of Glasgow's Pro12 action here.

Europe


Champions Cup - Glasgow Warriors   (click to show/hide):

14/10/2016 | 19:45 | Glasgow Warriors 42-13 Leicester Tigers | Scotstoun Stadium |  BT Sport / beIN Sports
22/10/2016 | 13:00 | Munster Rugby v Glasgow Warriors | Thomond Park |  Sky Sports / beIN Sports
10/12/2016 | 16:15 | Racing 92 v Glasgow Warriors | Stade Yves-Du-Manoir | beIN Sports / BT Sport
16/12/2016 | 19:45 | Glasgow Warriors v Racing 92 | Scotstoun Stadium | BT Sport / beIN Sports
13/14/15 Jan | TBC | Glasgow Warriors v Munster Rugby | Scotstoun Stadium | TBC
20/21/22 Jan | TBC | Leicester Tigers v Glasgow Warriors | Welford Road | TBC


Challenge Cup - Edinburgh   (click to show/hide):

15/10/2016 | 15:00 | Timisoara Saracens 17-59 Edinburgh Rugby | Dan Paltinisanu Stadium | TBC
22/10/2016 | 15:15 | Edinburgh Rugby v Harlequins | BT Murrayfield Stadium | BT Sport
10/12/2016 | 19:45 | Edinburgh Rugby v Stade Francais Paris | BT Murrayfield Stadium | FR4
15/12/2016 | 20:45 | Stade Francais Paris v Edinburgh Rugby | Stade Jean Bouin | beIN Sports
12/13/14/15 Jan | TBC |  Harlequins v Edinburgh Rugby | The Twickenham Stoop | TBC    *no link
19/20/21/22 Jan | TBC |  Edinburgh Rugby v Timisoara Saracens | Myreside | TBC     *no link



1872 Cup



Champions                Runner up
Edinburgh                  Glasgow Warriors
 

1872 Cup - Past Results   (click to show/hide):

2007–08
28 December 2007, Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh 35–31 Glasgow Warriors
11 April 2008, Firhill Stadium, Glasgow Warriors 23–14 Edinburgh
Winner: Glasgow Warriors 54–49

2008–09
26 December 2008, Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh 39–6 Glasgow Warriors
2 January 2009, Firhill Stadium, Glasgow Warriors 25–20 Edinburgh
Winner: Edinburgh 59–31

2009–10
27 December 2009, Firhill Stadium, Glasgow Warriors 25–12 Edinburgh
2 January 2010, Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh 15–22 Glasgow Warriors
Winner: Glasgow Warriors 47–27

2010–11
27 December 2010, Firhill Stadium, Glasgow Warriors 30–18 Edinburgh
2 January 2011, Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh 28–17 Glasgow Warriors
Winner: Glasgow Warriors 47–46

2011–12
26 December 2011, Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh 23–23 Glasgow Warriors
1 January 2012, Firhill Stadium, Glasgow Warriors 17–12 Edinburgh
Winner: Glasgow Warriors 40–35

2012–13
21 December 2012, Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow Warriors 23–14 Edinburgh
29 December 2012, Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh 17–21 Glasgow Warriors
Winner: Glasgow Warriors 44–31

2013–14
26 December 2013, Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh 16–20 Glasgow Warriors
26 April 2014, Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow Warriors 37–34 Edinburgh  (postponed from 1st Jan due to waterlogged pitch)
Winner: Glasgow 57–50

2014–15
27 December 2014, Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow Warriors 16–6 Edinburgh
2 January 2015, Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh 20–8 Glasgow Warriors
Winner: Edinburgh 26–24

2015–16
27 December 2015, Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh 23–11 Glasgow Warriors
2 January 2016, Murrayfield Stadium, Glasgow Warriors 11–14 Edinburgh (moved from Scotstoun due to waterlogged pitch)
Winner: Edinburgh 37–22

Winners tally
Glasgow Warriors - 6
Edinburgh - 3

The season has commenced



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Re: Glasgow and Edinburgh: Ongoing Banter Thread XIII - Camp Crystal Meth

Post by George Carlin on Tue 06 Sep 2016, 1:19 pm

RDW_Scotland wrote:Never will a post have been received with less enthusiasm, but who fancies doing an Edinburgh match thread for Friday....? Tumbleweed
http://www.606v2.com/t63948-edinburgh-v-scarlets-9-september

Let's see if anyone is able to pick up on my subtle subliminal suggestion as to which side is most likely to win.

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Re: Glasgow and Edinburgh: Ongoing Banter Thread XIII - Camp Crystal Meth

Post by RDW_Scotland on Tue 06 Sep 2016, 1:39 pm

Riskysports wrote:Is the Edinburgh highlight each year the 1872 game?

And just think, it is only in recent times that we managed to win that again! Better than nothing though....

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Re: Glasgow and Edinburgh: Ongoing Banter Thread XIII - Camp Crystal Meth

Post by EWT Spoons on Tue 06 Sep 2016, 2:12 pm

Is it me or does this seem overly optimistic/positive, especially the bit in bold.

The Embra Express via Scrum Magazine wrote:‘The Embra Express’ looks back on Edinburgh Rugby’s disappointing start to the Guinness PRO12 season in Cardiff:

After performances like these, it always pays to take the time to breathe and maybe have a lie down in a darkened room for a while.

Otherwise, the temptation on many tifosi is to go into full-on ‘Sack The Board’ mega-rage mode.

One of the great handicaps afflicting Edinburgh Rugby over the years has been a lack of consistency on and off the park. A succession of very able CEOs have come and gone, never being around long enough to deliver a vision.

Equally, while the foundations for Gregor Townsend’s rise at Glasgow were set by years of patient grafting by Sean Lineen and Shade Munro, not all of which was very popular at the time, the Gunners have worked their way through a bewildering number of head coaches.

It takes time to build a successful club. So it’s a mite early in the season for folk to be calling for an end to the Solomons’ regime. There has been progress in the pack and the defence during his time.  Now we look for a cutting edge in attack.

Last Saturday was not a great start to the season and the ‘Embramen’ may come to rue giving up five points to the Blues. They seemed to lack leadership when Nasi Manu went off injured and wanted for discipline at key times.

But I saw some signs of hope in the performance. While the pack had a torrid time of it, in an uncharacteristically subdued performance, I saw things being tried in the backs that I haven’t seen a great deal of during the South African guru’s reign.

None of them actually worked, granted
. Yet that seemed to be partly down to unfamiliarity between a greatly reconstructed back division and partly a more general lack of match sharpness.

The ploy of a short pop pass from Duncan Weir to a runner coming at pace on a different angle, for example, looked hopeful. But too often the receiver mistimed the run. Equally, the Gunners had a tendency to ruin a decent piece of play with an unforced error, which either coughed up ball, or field position, or both.

Some ambition, but poor execution.  The Blues fed off these errors for a well-deserved win.

This Friday’s opponents, the Scarlets, also had a poor start. They suffered a non-bonus 23-13 loss at home to Munster. While the Irishmen have a new coach, they are still rebuilding and one would have expected a top four contender to prevail over them at home.

Particularly given that Edinburgh last year lost one fixture to Llanelli as a result of an officiating call that raised a few eyebrows, the Gunners should see the visit of the Welshmen as an opportunity to get the show back on the road.

Their chances have been boosted by Scarlets’ injuries in the forwards, notably Samson Lee and Rob Evans, while sloppy defence was also a factor in the West Walians’ defeat.

Taken together, that suggests that they should secure dominance up front, setting up a better attacking platform than they had at the Arms Park.

If Weir can be given space to boss the game, if things start coming together further out, and if the weakness in the back three under the high ball can be addressed, Edinburgh should get off the mark, possibly in a low scoring game.

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Post by RDW_Scotland on Tue 06 Sep 2016, 2:24 pm

It takes time to build a successful club. So it’s a mite early in the season for folk to be calling for an end to the Solomons’ regime.

is 3 years not long enough?

They seemed to lack leadership when Nasi Manu went off injured and wanted for discipline at key times.

Agreed

I saw things being tried in the backs that I haven’t seen a great deal of during the South African guru’s reign.

That could be taken as a good thing or a bad thing - in terms of the Blues game it was very much a bad thing!

None of them actually worked, granted.

Not for the first time

The ploy of a short pop pass from Duncan Weir to a runner coming at pace on a different angle, for example

That is literally the most basic play in the book, and we still messed it up.  Also, unless you have several options (like Glasgow did) they will just target the carrier knowing that he's getting the ball, and he won't get anywhere. It happened with Denton at Edinburgh and often happens when Strauss is playing for Glasgow.

articularly given that Edinburgh last year lost one fixture to Llanelli as a result of an officiating call that raised a few eyebrows

To put it mildly.

possibly in a low scoring game.

Now that is a guarantee, for us at least!

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Post by funnyExiledScot on Tue 06 Sep 2016, 2:42 pm

There are no excuses. Simple.

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Post by TheMildlyFranticLlama on Tue 06 Sep 2016, 3:35 pm

The ploy of a short pop pass from Duncan Weir to a runner coming at pace on a different angle, for example, looked hopeful. But too often the receiver mistimed the run.

RDW beat me to it, but sweet Jesus if this is what we can look forward to in terms of Solomons adding to our attacking game this season then I really despair! That's lesson 1 in playing in the backline!

If Weir can be given space to boss the game, if things start coming together further out, and if the weakness in the back three under the high ball can be addressed, Edinburgh should get off the mark, possibly in a low scoring game.

Does that much space actually exist on a rugby field?

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Post by funnyExiledScot on Tue 06 Sep 2016, 5:00 pm

I wonder whether Tovey won't side line Weir once he's fit.

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Re: Glasgow and Edinburgh: Ongoing Banter Thread XIII - Camp Crystal Meth

Post by GLove39 on Tue 06 Sep 2016, 7:49 pm

Sure you've all seen this, but look who's been spotted posing in Lions gear outside FES' house

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Re: Glasgow and Edinburgh: Ongoing Banter Thread XIII - Camp Crystal Meth

Post by A Simply Mesmeric Try on Tue 06 Sep 2016, 11:13 pm

It is quite painful watching Edinburgh play. So hot and cold. I have hope for them this season as I think they have a great squad, although I'm eagerly awaiting news of Solly's replacement. I hope somebody takes the reigns like Andy Robinson did (Edinburgh managed to achieve runner-up under his tenure with a fairly average squad).

Glasgow on the other hand are a real pleasure to watch.


Also, I've pimped the Fixtures and Results section in the OP. I added links pointing to the ultimate rugby match pages for extra info, highlights, stats etc

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Re: Glasgow and Edinburgh: Ongoing Banter Thread XIII - Camp Crystal Meth

Post by RDW_Scotland on Wed 07 Sep 2016, 8:46 am

Something that we seemed to miss on here - good news

SRU wrote:Scotland Head Coach Vern Cotter today confirmed defensive contact consultant Richie Gray will return to his back room staff for the 2016 Autumn Tests and 2017 RBS 6 Nations.

Gray was part of last season’s 6 Nations and Summer Test preparations following a three-season spell as South Africa’s Specialist Breakdown Coach – culminating in their bronze medal finish at Rugby World Cup 2015 – as well as the ‘Blitzbokke’ 7s side.

Gray has again been given a specific defensive brief and will work alongside Defence Coach Matt Taylor in the build-up to the two competitive campaigns

The bit in bold is interesting though - I thought he was essentially a contact/rucking consultant?

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Post by funnyExiledScot on Wed 07 Sep 2016, 9:41 am

GLove39 wrote:Sure you've all seen this, but look who's been spotted posing in Lions gear outside FES' house


I can't believe he isn't being mentioned for the role. I'm sure Sir Clive Woodward would pick him, just so the title of "Worst Ever Lions Coach" can be passed on.

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Post by funnyExiledScot on Wed 07 Sep 2016, 9:43 am

RDW_Scotland wrote:Something that we seemed to miss on here - good news

SRU wrote:Scotland Head Coach Vern Cotter today confirmed defensive contact consultant Richie Gray will return to his back room staff for the 2016 Autumn Tests and 2017 RBS 6 Nations.

Gray was part of last season’s 6 Nations and Summer Test preparations following a three-season spell as South Africa’s Specialist Breakdown Coach – culminating in their bronze medal finish at Rugby World Cup 2015 – as well as the ‘Blitzbokke’ 7s side.

Gray has again been given a specific defensive brief and will work alongside Defence Coach Matt Taylor in the build-up to the two competitive campaigns

The bit in bold is interesting though - I thought he was essentially a contact/rucking consultant?


Good news. Very experienced coach and highly rated in South Africa. Our breakdown skills have been a shambles for years, so plenty for him to work on.

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Post by George Carlin on Wed 07 Sep 2016, 10:25 am

I think that this is a safe place to post this question - does anyone really believe that the Lions coach won't be Gatland?

If not, do we think that we'll get duffed up the bum in terms of being ignored for squad selection again this time round?

I can't decide where I am with this. I love the Lions and always will but I watched the last test series stone cold and rather unemotive with the lack of Scots interest. Perhaps that makes me a bad sport, I don't know but if we'd been edged out by the Aussies, I would have struggled to give a poop as much as I usually do.

Part of me also thinks that taking part in a murderously planned tour which cries out with the likelihood that half of our test players will be carrying major knocks before the first test even starts is an experience to be avoided. I remember 2005 well - let's not soft soap this, it was a massacre.

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Post by RDW_Scotland on Wed 07 Sep 2016, 10:34 am

I'm the same as you - the Lions tours are my favourite event in rugby but the last one didn't enthuse as much as previous ones, particularly 2009.  And I don't think it was due to a lack of Scots involvement as we had bugger all in 2009 too and I was absolutely enthralled by that tour and completely gutted when we lost.

Until Scotland actually does something on the international stage we're always going to be screwed over when it comes to selection, and you could argue rightly so.

The absolute worst thing in the last tour from a Scotland PoV was Ryan Gran't treatment in the 2nd test - Vunipola was clearly completely exhausted and was struggling - everyone could see it - yet Ryan Grant remained firmly on the bench.  Gatland basically said he'd rather Vunipola running on fumes than trust Ryan Grant.  No wonder his confidence was shot on his return!

You could ask why Tim Visser and Matt Scott on absolute red hot form were overlooked as injury replacements for Wade, Twelvetrees, Barrit and Shane feckin Williams (FFS) but they were just looking for cannon fodder for that one midweek game, and they went for players they knew.

So unless we have our best over 6N performance I can't see us getting more than 4 or 5 player- I just hope that those that really are on form won't be overlooked by home favourites from the coaches that aren't.  Rumours are Big Vern will be involved so that may help our case.

I'm going to make a guess at WP Nel, Jonny Gray, John Hardie and Stuart Hogg, with Hogg making the bench for the Tests.  We have many players that will be there or there abouts but I can't see us gettting more than 4 or 5.

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Post by Tattie Scones RRN on Wed 07 Sep 2016, 10:35 am

George Carlin wrote:I think that this is a safe place to post this question - does anyone really believe that the Lions coach won't be Gatland?

If not, do we think that we'll get duffed up the bum in terms of being ignored for squad selection again this time round?

I can't decide where I am with this. I love the Lions and always will but I watched the last test series stone cold and rather unemotive with the lack of Scots interest. Perhaps that makes me a bad sport, I don't know but if we'd been edged out by the Aussies, I would have struggled to give a poop as much as I usually do.

Part of me also thinks that taking part in a murderously planned tour which cries out with the likelihood that half of our test players will be carrying major knocks before the first test even starts is an experience to be avoided. I remember 2005 well - let's not soft soap this, it was a massacre.

It's going to be Gatland, strictly for the fact that there's no-one else. Jones would have been good as he's taken this England team up another level in a short space of time. Which is a skill needed when coaching the Lions.

I'm hoping he does actually look over the Severn bridge for players this time because Wales, quite frankly, are clueless when it comes to SH opposition. Gatland needs to shoulder some of the blame for that.

But it doesn't really matter because the Lions are going to get pumped quite severely....possible by some of the SR teams too now that it's been announced the AB internationalists are going to be playing.

My interest is really thin as it is, but if, for example, LH was picked over Hogg (not so much LW), then I would completely switch off.

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Post by Tattie Scones RRN on Wed 07 Sep 2016, 10:36 am

I'd also like to ask this.....

What is all the hype around Itoje? He's a good player yes, but I don't get all the man juice flying about for him.

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Post by EST on Wed 07 Sep 2016, 12:10 pm

I agree, 2009 seemed to be so much more inclusive than the Ozzie tour. As RDW stated, the treatment of Grant went a long way to explaining why. I don't particularly like Gatland either, and when he picked Shane Williams for that backup game it really annoyed me, despite knowing that it was only for a dirt tracker game/logistical reasons.

However, that doesn't take away from the fact that he is a very successful coach, granted not against SH opposition, but I can see why the Lions have gone for him again. As you say George, I'm not sure it matters who coaches us, we will lose regardless.

From a Scotland perspective, Hogg has a very good chance of being the starting 15. Outside of that, I think we will have more in contention than we have had for a while: Gray *2, Nel, Hardie, Dunbar, Scott and Seymour will all be in contention, but only if our national team perform well until the selection is made.

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Post by EST on Wed 07 Sep 2016, 12:13 pm

Tattie Scones RRN wrote:I'd also like to ask this.....

What is all the hype around Itoje? He's a good player yes, but I don't get all the man juice flying about for him.

I kinda thought that when he first came onto the scene Tattie, however he has lived up to the hype I think. Athletic, mobile, powerful, devastating on the opposition lineout and calm under pressure - when I have seen him recently he looks like the complete player.

Of course has benefited from playing in two winning teams, but I think they are so good in no small part because of him.

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Post by George Carlin on Wed 07 Sep 2016, 12:48 pm

It's Gatland. Watch me Try Hard To Be Excited.

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Post by Senlac on Wed 07 Sep 2016, 12:53 pm

I have no time for the Lions in general, so won't go into all that.

From a wholly analytical point of view, however, I just don't see how they are in any way beneficial to Scotland.

It's true that is perhaps due to our lack of involvement, the treatment of our players as mentioned above, and the persistent feeling that even those players who are as good as or better than their counterparts from other countries are being overlooked simply because they play in a "losing" team. Possibly, if we had a consistent representation, both on the tour and in the matchday squad which felt "fair", it may be more appealing.

However, whatever way you look at it, our involvement is only ever going to be minimal, and the only real effect it's likely to have is to see us shorn of our top players during whatever internationals the Scotland team has the same summer, increasing our risk of losing to poorer teams (eg. Samoa 2013), which will only further dent national confidence and enhance our reputation as a losing side. Meanwhile, those top players are being broken in midweek bounce games for the Lions B Team (remember Simon Taylor?).

Would it not have been better in 2013, for example, for Richie Gray, Stuart Hogg, Sean Maitland and latterly Ryan Grant all to have headed to South Africa and helped us a) avoid a first defeat to Samoa, and b)possibly prove the difference in a very tight match against SA, potentially winning the tournament?

We have another similar tournament in 2017 in Australia while the Lions are in NZ, and I know where I feel our top players would be better off heading.


*Edit: What's the chances of Scottish Lions not being used the Saturday of a test being allowed to flit across the Tasman Sea?

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Re: Glasgow and Edinburgh: Ongoing Banter Thread XIII - Camp Crystal Meth

Post by BigGee on Wed 07 Sep 2016, 1:04 pm

If Scotland are playing in Oz at the same time, it probably increases the chances of our players being called up as injury replacements this time and there are always injuries!

That could be a good or a bad thing depending on your perspective on the Lions and Scottish involvement. I have always been a big Lions fan as well, but the last tour did not grab me either, despite us winning. I am more than happy to wipe the slate clean though and hope for a more inclusive tour this time around.

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Post by funnyExiledScot on Wed 07 Sep 2016, 1:47 pm

I appear to be alone in this, but I thoroughly enjoyed the last tour, in no small part down to the fact that the Lions won comprehensively. It's a massive challenge winning a Lions series, history tells us that, and whilst I'll always remember 2009 fondly for McGeechan (and Gatland) successfully re-launching the best thing in the rugby calendar (in my opinion), my favourite tours are 1997 and 2013 (in that order). I like winning.

2005 was completely awful, but I didn't particularly enjoy 2001 either. Henry had vast talent at his disposal and the failure to seal that Test series was a massive underachievement in my opinion.

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Post by RDW_Scotland on Wed 07 Sep 2016, 1:49 pm

In terms of living with Lions DVDs my list (in descending order)

2001 (Keith Wood in particular was brilliant)
2009 (McGeechan breaking down after his pre-3rd test speech  Sad )
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Post by funnyExiledScot on Wed 07 Sep 2016, 1:58 pm

Surely the 1997 DVD is the best, if only for Jim Telfer sitting next to McGeechan ranting expletives throughout the games. The pair of them sitting there surrounded by South African fans is a lasting memory. Plus of course there's the Everest speech. Still gets me.

2005 belongs at the foot of the pile. Sir Smug Woodward was just awful. His speech at the start of the DVD reminds me of the awkwardness I felt when my Dad tried his range of dirty jokes on the future Mrs fES for the first time.

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Post by RDW_Scotland on Wed 07 Sep 2016, 2:00 pm

TBH, all of the DVDs apart from 2005 are brilliant and I'd happily watch them again any time, although the 2013 felt far too rushed and overly produced, without the characters of precious tours, so that's probably at the bottom of the pile.

On the 1997 one, am I alone in thinking McGeechan claps like Stewie from Family Guy when he gets excited?? Please tell me someone knows what I'm talking about!

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Post by funnyExiledScot on Wed 07 Sep 2016, 2:03 pm

I don't. I'm too intellectual for Family Guy.

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Post by RDW_Scotland on Wed 07 Sep 2016, 2:06 pm

funnyExiledScot wrote:I don't. I'm too intellectual for Family Guy. now a parent so have no idea about any modern cultural references. Plus I am old and boring

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Post by IanBru on Wed 07 Sep 2016, 2:09 pm

RDW_Scotland wrote:
funnyExiledScot wrote:I don't. I'm too intellectual for Family Guy. now a parent so have no idea about any modern cultural references. Plus I am old and boring

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Post by funnyExiledScot on Wed 07 Sep 2016, 2:23 pm

IanBru wrote:
RDW_Scotland wrote:
funnyExiledScot wrote:I don't. I'm too intellectual for Family Guy. now a parent so have no idea about any modern cultural references. Plus I am old and boring

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YES! Thank you!

In other news, I realised this lunchtime that I was more excited that M&S had reduced their packets of smoked pancetta to a more manageable size, than I was about Gatland being Lions coach.

To be fair, that is exciting. They have also redesigned the packaging on their fruit juice range, and I must say it looks excellent.

All fair points RDW, although I did make it to the pictures (I believe it's now called the "cinema") in 2004.

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Post by RDW_Scotland on Wed 07 Sep 2016, 2:24 pm

funnyExiledScot wrote:
IanBru wrote:
RDW_Scotland wrote:
funnyExiledScot wrote:I don't. I'm too intellectual for Family Guy. now a parent so have no idea about any modern cultural references. Plus I am old and boring

thumbsup
YES! Thank you!

In other news, I realised this lunchtime that I was more excited that M&S had reduced their packets of smoked pancetta to a more manageable size, than I was about Gatland being Lions coach.

To be fair, that is exciting. They have also redesigned the packaging on their fruit juice range, and I must say it looks excellent.

All fair points RDW, although I did make it to the pictures (I believe it's now called the "cinema") in 2004.

At least you didn't call it the talkies.

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Post by TheMildlyFranticLlama on Wed 07 Sep 2016, 2:28 pm

IanBru wrote:
RDW_Scotland wrote:
funnyExiledScot wrote:I don't. I'm too intellectual for Family Guy. now a parent so have no idea about any modern cultural references. Plus I am old and boring

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In other news, I realised this lunchtime that I was more excited that M&S had reduced their packets of smoked pancetta to a more manageable size, than I was about Gatland being Lions coach.

You're celebrating that a shop has made a packet of cured meat SMALLER? What. is. happening. here?! Shocked

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Post by RDW_Scotland on Wed 07 Sep 2016, 2:31 pm

What does it say about Glasgow the Mr Bru moved to Newcastle and it made him more sophisticated...

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Post by Senlac on Wed 07 Sep 2016, 2:37 pm

BigGee wrote:If Scotland are playing in Oz at the same time, it probably increases the chances of our players being called up as injury replacements this time and there are always injuries!

That's a very good point I hadn't thought of. Not good from the Scotland tour perspective regardless of your views on the Lions.

Bad enough heading out there without your best players, but at least you'll be able to prepare knowing they're not available. If we end up with call-ups in the middle of the tour that could really screw us over.

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Post by funnyExiledScot on Wed 07 Sep 2016, 2:43 pm

RDW_Scotland wrote:
funnyExiledScot wrote:
IanBru wrote:
RDW_Scotland wrote:
funnyExiledScot wrote:I don't. I'm too intellectual for Family Guy. now a parent so have no idea about any modern cultural references. Plus I am old and boring

thumbsup
YES! Thank you!

In other news, I realised this lunchtime that I was more excited that M&S had reduced their packets of smoked pancetta to a more manageable size, than I was about Gatland being Lions coach.

To be fair, that is exciting. They have also redesigned the packaging on their fruit juice range, and I must say it looks excellent.

All fair points RDW, although I did make it to the pictures (I believe it's now called the "cinema") in 2004.

At least you didn't call it the talkies.

That's GC's era.

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Post by funnyExiledScot on Wed 07 Sep 2016, 2:44 pm

RDW_Scotland wrote:What does it say about Glasgow the Mr Bru moved to Newcastle and it made him more sophisticated...

Nothing we didn't know already.

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Post by funnyExiledScot on Wed 07 Sep 2016, 2:45 pm

Senlac wrote:
BigGee wrote:If Scotland are playing in Oz at the same time, it probably increases the chances of our players being called up as injury replacements this time and there are always injuries!

That's a very good point I hadn't thought of.  Not good from the Scotland tour perspective regardless of your views on the Lions.

Bad enough heading out there without your best players, but at least you'll be able to prepare knowing they're not available.  If we end up with call-ups in the middle of the tour that could really screw us over.

Regardless of who they ask for, we should just send them Tim Swinson. That'll learn them.

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Post by IanBru on Wed 07 Sep 2016, 2:57 pm

TheMildlyFranticLlama wrote:
IanBru wrote:
RDW_Scotland wrote:
funnyExiledScot wrote:I don't. I'm too intellectual for Family Guy. now a parent so have no idea about any modern cultural references. Plus I am old and boring

thumbsup
YES! Thank you!

In other news, I realised this lunchtime that I was more excited that M&S had reduced their packets of smoked pancetta to a more manageable size, than I was about Gatland being Lions coach.

You're celebrating that a shop has made a packet of cured meat SMALLER? What. is. happening. here?! Shocked
Sorry, to clarify, they've turned one giant tub of cured meat into two smaller individual packets. It means my spaghetti carbonara doesn't end up with a lump of bacon at the bottom of the bowl.

I've realised just how dull my life has become. Can it be Saturday please? I've got my day-trip to Scotstoun all planned.

Bake Off tonight, lads. I think it's bread week.

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Post by Senlac on Wed 07 Sep 2016, 2:58 pm

funnyExiledScot wrote:
Senlac wrote:
BigGee wrote:If Scotland are playing in Oz at the same time, it probably increases the chances of our players being called up as injury replacements this time and there are always injuries!

That's a very good point I hadn't thought of.  Not good from the Scotland tour perspective regardless of your views on the Lions.

Bad enough heading out there without your best players, but at least you'll be able to prepare knowing they're not available.  If we end up with call-ups in the middle of the tour that could really screw us over.

Regardless of who they ask for, we should just send them Tim Swinson. That'll learn them.

Or given Gatland's record for calling players out of retirement, we should maybe take Chunk along with us for exactly that scenario!

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Post by RDW_Scotland on Wed 07 Sep 2016, 3:03 pm

I wonder how many Scotland players will 'do a Nicol' and after the Aus tour go on holiday to NZ for the rest of the Lions tour...

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Post by George Carlin on Wed 07 Sep 2016, 3:03 pm

funnyExiledScot wrote:
RDW_Scotland wrote:
funnyExiledScot wrote:
IanBru wrote:
RDW_Scotland wrote:
funnyExiledScot wrote:I don't. I'm too intellectual for Family Guy. now a parent so have no idea about any modern cultural references. Plus I am old and boring

thumbsup
YES! Thank you!

In other news, I realised this lunchtime that I was more excited that M&S had reduced their packets of smoked pancetta to a more manageable size, than I was about Gatland being Lions coach.

To be fair, that is exciting. They have also redesigned the packaging on their fruit juice range, and I must say it looks excellent.

All fair points RDW, although I did make it to the pictures (I believe it's now called the "cinema") in 2004.

At least you didn't call it the talkies.

That's GC's era.
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Post by funnyExiledScot on Wed 07 Sep 2016, 3:18 pm

RDW_Scotland wrote:I wonder how many Scotland players will 'do a Nicol' and after the Aus tour go on holiday to NZ for the rest of the Lions tour...

To be fair, most of our players have family there....

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Post by RDW_Scotland on Wed 07 Sep 2016, 3:20 pm

Laugh

I suppose it isn't a holiday if they're just going home for the summer!

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Post by GLove39 on Wed 07 Sep 2016, 10:59 pm

Senlac wrote:I have no time for the Lions in general, so won't go into all that.

From a wholly analytical point of view, however, I just don't see how they are in any way beneficial to Scotland.

It's true that is perhaps due to our lack of involvement, the treatment of our players as mentioned above, and the persistent feeling that even those players who are as good as or better than their counterparts from other countries are being overlooked simply because they play in a "losing" team.  Possibly, if we had a consistent representation, both on the tour and in the matchday squad which felt "fair", it may be more appealing.

However, whatever way you look at it, our involvement is only ever going to be minimal, and the only real effect it's likely to have is to see us shorn of our top players during whatever internationals the Scotland team has the same summer, increasing our risk of losing to poorer teams (eg. Samoa 2013), which will only further dent national confidence and enhance our reputation as a losing side.  Meanwhile, those top players are being broken in midweek bounce games for the Lions B Team (remember Simon Taylor?).

Would it not have been better in 2013, for example, for Richie Gray, Stuart Hogg, Sean Maitland and latterly Ryan Grant all to have headed to South Africa and helped us a) avoid a first defeat to Samoa, and b)possibly prove the difference in a very tight match against SA, potentially winning the tournament?

We have another similar tournament in 2017 in Australia while the Lions are in NZ, and I know where I feel our top players would be better off heading.


*Edit:  What's the chances of Scottish Lions not being used the Saturday of a test being allowed to flit across the Tasman Sea?

+1,000,000

So glad to see I'm not the only one left cold by the Lions.
And yes, sod the suicide mission to NZ, lets take our strongest side & back up Novembers win* over the Wallabies!


(*touches wood)

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Post by tigertattie on Thu 08 Sep 2016, 9:55 am

It's a real shame as the Lions used to be a proper rugby spectacle with the best from the Isles taking on one of the big three.

Now it seems to be a jobs for the boys routine which is actually harming our rugby rather than enhancing it!

I've said before that the Lions coach shouldn't be a current coach of any of the international teams that make up the Lions (or someone who has recently stepped down)

It would be great if the lions had a four coach committee where whatever team from each nation finished highest in their league was given the chance to join the lions and show thier coaching credentials on an international level. Almost like an apprenticeship.

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Post by funnyExiledScot on Thu 08 Sep 2016, 10:20 am

GLove39 wrote:
Senlac wrote:I have no time for the Lions in general, so won't go into all that.

From a wholly analytical point of view, however, I just don't see how they are in any way beneficial to Scotland.

It's true that is perhaps due to our lack of involvement, the treatment of our players as mentioned above, and the persistent feeling that even those players who are as good as or better than their counterparts from other countries are being overlooked simply because they play in a "losing" team.  Possibly, if we had a consistent representation, both on the tour and in the matchday squad which felt "fair", it may be more appealing.

However, whatever way you look at it, our involvement is only ever going to be minimal, and the only real effect it's likely to have is to see us shorn of our top players during whatever internationals the Scotland team has the same summer, increasing our risk of losing to poorer teams (eg. Samoa 2013), which will only further dent national confidence and enhance our reputation as a losing side.  Meanwhile, those top players are being broken in midweek bounce games for the Lions B Team (remember Simon Taylor?).

Would it not have been better in 2013, for example, for Richie Gray, Stuart Hogg, Sean Maitland and latterly Ryan Grant all to have headed to South Africa and helped us a) avoid a first defeat to Samoa, and b)possibly prove the difference in a very tight match against SA, potentially winning the tournament?

We have another similar tournament in 2017 in Australia while the Lions are in NZ, and I know where I feel our top players would be better off heading.


*Edit:  What's the chances of Scottish Lions not being used the Saturday of a test being allowed to flit across the Tasman Sea?

+1,000,000

So glad to see I'm not the only one left cold by the Lions.
And yes, sod the suicide mission to NZ, lets take our strongest side & back up Novembers win* over the Wallabies!


(*touches wood)


I can't believe a rugby man like yourself has no time for the Lions! I can only assume that it's because the first tour you probably remember was 2005, and that you were 3 years old in 1997 (which was, I think, the tour that sparked the Lions fever in me).

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Post by George Carlin on Thu 08 Sep 2016, 11:58 am

GLove39 wrote:
Senlac wrote:I have no time for the Lions in general, so won't go into all that.

From a wholly analytical point of view, however, I just don't see how they are in any way beneficial to Scotland.

It's true that is perhaps due to our lack of involvement, the treatment of our players as mentioned above, and the persistent feeling that even those players who are as good as or better than their counterparts from other countries are being overlooked simply because they play in a "losing" team.  Possibly, if we had a consistent representation, both on the tour and in the matchday squad which felt "fair", it may be more appealing.

However, whatever way you look at it, our involvement is only ever going to be minimal, and the only real effect it's likely to have is to see us shorn of our top players during whatever internationals the Scotland team has the same summer, increasing our risk of losing to poorer teams (eg. Samoa 2013), which will only further dent national confidence and enhance our reputation as a losing side.  Meanwhile, those top players are being broken in midweek bounce games for the Lions B Team (remember Simon Taylor?).

Would it not have been better in 2013, for example, for Richie Gray, Stuart Hogg, Sean Maitland and latterly Ryan Grant all to have headed to South Africa and helped us a) avoid a first defeat to Samoa, and b)possibly prove the difference in a very tight match against SA, potentially winning the tournament?

We have another similar tournament in 2017 in Australia while the Lions are in NZ, and I know where I feel our top players would be better off heading.


*Edit:  What's the chances of Scottish Lions not being used the Saturday of a test being allowed to flit across the Tasman Sea?

+1,000,000

So glad to see I'm not the only one left cold by the Lions.
And yes, sod the suicide mission to NZ, lets take our strongest side & back up Novembers win* over the Wallabies!


(*touches wood)
Graham - are you aware that you have made the NZ national press?:
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11704971

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Post by GLove39 on Thu 08 Sep 2016, 12:54 pm

George Carlin wrote:
GLove39 wrote:
Senlac wrote:I have no time for the Lions in general, so won't go into all that.

From a wholly analytical point of view, however, I just don't see how they are in any way beneficial to Scotland.

It's true that is perhaps due to our lack of involvement, the treatment of our players as mentioned above, and the persistent feeling that even those players who are as good as or better than their counterparts from other countries are being overlooked simply because they play in a "losing" team.  Possibly, if we had a consistent representation, both on the tour and in the matchday squad which felt "fair", it may be more appealing.

However, whatever way you look at it, our involvement is only ever going to be minimal, and the only real effect it's likely to have is to see us shorn of our top players during whatever internationals the Scotland team has the same summer, increasing our risk of losing to poorer teams (eg. Samoa 2013), which will only further dent national confidence and enhance our reputation as a losing side.  Meanwhile, those top players are being broken in midweek bounce games for the Lions B Team (remember Simon Taylor?).

Would it not have been better in 2013, for example, for Richie Gray, Stuart Hogg, Sean Maitland and latterly Ryan Grant all to have headed to South Africa and helped us a) avoid a first defeat to Samoa, and b)possibly prove the difference in a very tight match against SA, potentially winning the tournament?

We have another similar tournament in 2017 in Australia while the Lions are in NZ, and I know where I feel our top players would be better off heading.


*Edit:  What's the chances of Scottish Lions not being used the Saturday of a test being allowed to flit across the Tasman Sea?

+1,000,000

So glad to see I'm not the only one left cold by the Lions.
And yes, sod the suicide mission to NZ, lets take our strongest side & back up Novembers win* over the Wallabies!


(*touches wood)
Graham - are you aware that you have made the NZ national press?:
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11704971

Wouldn't be the first time!

Also good spot GC, funny story on this whole thing, could probably have made the Telegraph as well if I hadn't told their picture editor to use the Scot Johnson version instead!

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Post by tigertattie on Thu 08 Sep 2016, 2:19 pm

that beard is getting out of control!

And it's not just because it's ginger!

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Post by GLove39 on Thu 08 Sep 2016, 7:42 pm

tigertattie wrote:that beard is getting out of control!

And it's not just because it's ginger!

FFS Mum, since when were you on 606v2?

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Post by GLove39 on Thu 08 Sep 2016, 7:56 pm

funnyExiledScot wrote:
GLove39 wrote:
Senlac wrote:I have no time for the Lions in general, so won't go into all that.

From a wholly analytical point of view, however, I just don't see how they are in any way beneficial to Scotland.

It's true that is perhaps due to our lack of involvement, the treatment of our players as mentioned above, and the persistent feeling that even those players who are as good as or better than their counterparts from other countries are being overlooked simply because they play in a "losing" team.  Possibly, if we had a consistent representation, both on the tour and in the matchday squad which felt "fair", it may be more appealing.

However, whatever way you look at it, our involvement is only ever going to be minimal, and the only real effect it's likely to have is to see us shorn of our top players during whatever internationals the Scotland team has the same summer, increasing our risk of losing to poorer teams (eg. Samoa 2013), which will only further dent national confidence and enhance our reputation as a losing side.  Meanwhile, those top players are being broken in midweek bounce games for the Lions B Team (remember Simon Taylor?).

Would it not have been better in 2013, for example, for Richie Gray, Stuart Hogg, Sean Maitland and latterly Ryan Grant all to have headed to South Africa and helped us a) avoid a first defeat to Samoa, and b)possibly prove the difference in a very tight match against SA, potentially winning the tournament?

We have another similar tournament in 2017 in Australia while the Lions are in NZ, and I know where I feel our top players would be better off heading.


*Edit:  What's the chances of Scottish Lions not being used the Saturday of a test being allowed to flit across the Tasman Sea?

+1,000,000

So glad to see I'm not the only one left cold by the Lions.
And yes, sod the suicide mission to NZ, lets take our strongest side & back up Novembers win* over the Wallabies!


(*touches wood)


I can't believe a rugby man like yourself has no time for the Lions! I can only assume that it's because the first tour you probably remember was 2005, and that you were 3 years old in 1997 (which was, I think, the tour that sparked the Lions fever in me).

Haha, age is definitely a factor, my first Lions memory is anger / disappointment at Paterson being overlooked in 05.

The real killer for me is just how small a part we've played in the last 3 tours, especially when it comes to the actual tests. Not a single start & just 2 appearances off the bench for a grand total of 56 minutes. That's 56 minutes in over 12 hours of rugby!!! And of those 56, 43 belong to Ford in the dead rubber 3rd test in 09 & in a similar way by the time Gray was allowed on last time the tour was won.

So yeah, rather mehhh towards them.

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