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Richard Cockerill set to give youth a chance at Edinburgh captaincy

Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill is poised to hand the club captaincy to a young, up-and-coming player in a bid to underline the message that this is a fresh start for the under-performing capital side.

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Guinness Pro14 chief executive Martin Anayi. Picture: Carl Fourie/Gallo Images/Getty

Pro14 chief Martin Anayi says expansion is not finished yet

The head of what is now the Guinness Pro14 has made it clear that expansion is “in the DNA” of the tournament and the introduction of two South African teams is far from the end of its global ambitions.

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Richard Cockerill's new-look Edinburgh will be tested in pre-season by Sale and Newcastle. Picture: Getty.

Richard Cockerill’s Edinburgh to face Sale and Newcastle

Edinburgh Rugby fans will get the chance to have a first look at Richard Cockerill’s new-look squad when they face Sale Sharks in a pre-season friendly at Boroughmuir’s Meggetland ground on 18 August at 7.35pm.

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Exhausted Hawick players celebrate at full-time after their 23-20 play-off victory over Edinburgh Accies. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Departing Nikki Walker relieved as Hawick avoid trapdoor

An emotional Hawick coach Nikki Walker expressed relief on Saturday that his last act in the post was not to preside over Scotland’s most successful club being demoted to the second flight.

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Edinburgh Rugby acting head coach Duncan Hodge. Picture: SNS Group

Edinburgh aim to start producing the goods for Duncan Hodge

It felt a bit like the day after the Lord Mayor’s Show at 
Murrayfield yesterday afternoon. The euphoria of Scotland’s swashbuckling victory over Wales on Saturday in front of a packed house had given way to a major clearing-up operation.

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Boroughmuirs Alex Cox tries to force his way past Martin McGinley and Matt Coupar. Picture: Neil Hanna.

Grant McConnell claims hat-trick as Boroughmuir subdue Accies

A hat-trick by prolific try scorer Grant McConnell and three individual efforts by his team-mates were more than enough to ease Boroughmuir into the last eight of the BT Cup.

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Edinburghs Fraser McKenzie evades full-back Mike Browns despairing tackle to dive over to score his sides first try. Picture: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Harlequins 18 - 23 Edinburgh: Capital side conquer the Stoop

A top-of-the-table finish beckons for Edinburgh in their European Champions Cup pool after they became the first away side this season to win at the Twickenham Stoop. Not just that, but despite the misleadingly close final score, they were by far the better team throughout.

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Allan Dell says Edinburgh can be their own worst enemies. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS/SRU

Allan Dell: Edinburgh won’t dwell on negatives

More misfortune for Scotland loosehead Alasdair Dickinson presents another opportunity for Allan Dell this weekend as Edinburgh look to bounce back from 1872 Cup misery in Italy.

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Stand-off Duncan Weir is likely to start

Glasgow favourites for 1872 Cup, but Edinburgh won last two

It is one of life’s mysteries that Alan Solomons proved incapable of nudging Edinburgh up the Pro12 ladder – the club finished eighth, eighth and ninth on his watch –but somehow lifted the 1872 Cup for the last two seasons. You can bet that Duncan Hodge will have studied exactly how the team he has inherited managed that feat, although whether it helps him any is a moot point, as we shall see.

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Edinburgh interim head coach Duncan Hodge has clearly got the team moving in the right direction. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

Allan Massie: Why Duncan Hodge is right man for Edinburgh

Writing unavoidably before Glasgow’s return match with Racing 92, it seems foolhardy to dwell on the magnificence of their victory a week ago in the old Stade Colombes, scene of that famous try by Jim Telfer in 1969 in what turned out to be the last match Scotland would win in Paris till 1995, when Gregor Townsend’s deft flip released Gavin Hastings to canter in under the French posts, Townsend himself having earlier scored a gorgeous side-stepping try.

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Chris Dean, right, scores for Edinburgh despite Nick Crosswells attentions. Picture: Simon Latham/Andrew Orchard

Edinburgh rue missed opportunities in Dragons defeat

Edinburgh are left with only the Italians below them in the Guinness Pro12 table after slipping to this defeat as a result of not capitalising on chances on a cold Newport afternoon yesterday.

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Derek Richardson: Stadium income. Picture: Contributed

Iain Morrison: Scots pro team sale hurt by facilities

I got a letter from my bank recently informing me that the interest I receive on my balance was about to drop from the less than generous 0.1 per cent per annum to the Scrooge-like 0.001 per cent. Naturally enough, I shopped around to see what else might be available and happened upon an investment opportunity from the nice folks at Murrayfield PLC. They are willing to sell me a slice of their pro team action and, with rugby’s global brand growing as never before, this was an opportunity too good to miss.

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Edinburgh Rugby's Blair Kinghorn had an impressive showing. Picture: SNS

Five things we learned from the cups so far

Iain Morrison looks at the respective cup campaigns of Edinburgh and Glasgow so far.

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Marland Yarde is unable to stop Tom Brown from scoring what turned out to be Edinburghs winning try. Picture: SNS

Edinburgh 36 - 35 Harlequins: Hosts edge a thrilling contest

These teams arrived at Murrayfield intent on playing attacking rugby and they didn’t disappoint because this was an absolute classic marred only by four yellow cards and too many handbags in what was a bad-tempered encounter.

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Tim Visser scores a try during Harlequins' convincing Challenge Cupvictory over Stade Francais at Twickenham Stoop last week. Picture: Warren Little/Getty

Tim Visser: Quins face tough game at Edinburgh

Tim Visser has warned his Harlequins team-mates to be wary of an Edinburgh Rugby side who are on a high after two recent wins when they clash in the European Rugby Challenge Cup at BT Murrayfield tomorrow.

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Hat-trick hero: Stuart McInallys try treble was matched by Nasi Manu later

Timisoara 17 - 59 Edinburgh: A capital display in Romania

A record European win for Edinburgh; nine tries, two hat-tricks. You would have to be the harshest of harsh critics to quibble with the way they destroyed their Romanian opponents.

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Edinburgh coach Duncan Hodge has never played or coached in Romania before. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

Duncan Hodge does his homework for Romania adventure

There aren’t many parts of the rugby world that Duncan Hodge’s career as player and coach hasn’t taken him but this week’s trip to Romania will be a first for Edinburgh’s acting boss.

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Nasi Manu hopes to put his troubles behind him and enjoy playing again0

Edinburgh forward Nasi Manu aims to make his mark at last

Every Edinburgh player sported a broad smile after flattening Treviso last Friday but it is just possible that one man was a little happier than most. Kiwi Nasi Manu arrived in the capital at the start of last season, a big man with a reputation to match having led the Highlanders to the Super Rugby title.

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Try again: Tim Visser is continuing to score for fun as high-tempo rugby starts to dominate the Aviva Premiership. Photograph: Getty Images

Tim Visser on singular form for Quins

With the good ship Edinburgh Rugby listing badly, at least one player must be patting himself on the back that he quit when he had the chance. Tim Visser once personified Edinburgh’s attacking philosophy and now he has taken his scoring prowess to England. He scored nine tries in 11 league starts in his debut season with Harlequins and he grabbed his first touchdown of the new season last week to help down the reigning English and European champions, Saracens.

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