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Graeme Morrison: Glasgow failure at Exeter was missed opportunity

Former Glasgow centre Graeme Morrison believes his old club are now under “huge pressure” in Europe after coming away empty-handed from their Champions Cup Pool 3 clash at Exeter Chiefs.

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Rhys Webb of Ospreys is joining Toulon. Picture: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Money men moving rugby’s goalposts

You can’t blame Guinness Pro14 boss Martin Anayi for trying. He was told to do something and he did something but on all available evidence his expansion programme has failed in what it was intended to do: keep the jewels in the Celtic crown playing at home.

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Henry Pyrgos is looking forward to the opening match in the European Champions Cup against Aviva champions and current league leaders Exeter on Saturday.

Glasgow’s Henry Pyrgos relishes switch from Africa to Europe

He has been operating in the shadow of Ali Price for a while now but Glasgow’s Henry Pyrgos reminded everyone just what he brings to the 
party against the Cheetahs on Friday night.

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Edinburgh Rugby head coach Richard Cockerill at Murrayfield. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Interview: Richard Cockerill on getting Edinburgh to love his team

Please tell me this has happened to you. There’s something big coming up, a speech or maybe an interview, only as you rehearse what you’re going to say you end up mangling the words. I’m meeting Richard Cockerill, Edinburgh’s 
rugby coach, and want to ask him about the haiku… I mean haka.

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Callum Gibbins and Tommy Seymour of Glasgow Warriors get to grips with Henco Venter of the Toyota Cheetahs during the Guinness Pro14 match in Bloemfontein. Picture: Johan Pretorius/Gallo Images

Cheetahs 26-29 Glasgow: Warriors win in South Africa

Glasgow extended their winning streak to six matches this season but it was nip and tuck for much of this nerve-shredding encounter and they had to jump off the canvas twice, with two tries in the final ten minutes giving them a narrow 

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Jason Tovey congratulates Stuart McInally on his first-half try. It turned out to be the hosts' only try of the match. Picture: SNS

Edinburgh 16 - 15 Zebre: Capital men hold on for narrow win

Edinburgh Rugby ended their run of recent Guinness Pro14 defeats with a 16-15 win over Zebre last night at Myreside, but it was far from a vintage performance.

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Glasgow Warriors practise scrummaging at Fourways High School in Johannesburg ahead of Friday's Pro14 fixture against Toyota Cheetahs. 

Picture: Cornel van Heerden/Sportzpics

Ali Price urges unbeaten Warriors to hunt down Cheetahs

You have to feel a little sympathy for Scott Baldwin. The Ospreys winger has 34 international caps for Wales to his credit, he has made well over 100 appearances for his region but he will forever be remembered as the player who petted a lion and got what was 

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Edinburgh's Jason Tovey. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS/SRU

Playmaker Jason Tovey seizing his chance with Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s favourite Welshman Jason Tovey has had to bide his time this season, sitting on his hands while others started the first four league matches and having to content himself with a couple of appearances off the bench.

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Edinburgh's Hamish Watson speaks to the media. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS/SRU

Edinburgh v Zebre game far from elementary, says Watson

In his seven years at Edinburgh Rugby, openside flanker Hamish Watson has already had five coaches. He started out under Michael Bradley, who brings his Zebre team to Myreside on Friday, then Duncan Hodge and Stevie Scott were given the job on an interim basis. Alan Solomons arrived and left the club mid-season, just as Bradley had done. Hodge, again, was handed the reins before Richard Cockerill took on what is widely recognised as a poisoned chalice.

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Edinburgh coach Richard Cockerill has been incensed by inconsistencies in refereeing decisions. Picture: SNS/SRU.

Edinburgh’s Richard Cockerill pleads for even-handed refereeing

Edinburgh coach Richard Cockerill has a long history of sticking up for the little guy in a fight even if the little guy in question is usually Richard Cockerill.

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Peter Horne offers an alternative force at stand-off for Glasgow Warriors. Picture Gary Hutchison/SNS

Glasgow’s Peter Horne pretty perfect in the stand-off line

Fans squeezed into Scotstoun on Friday night – even the Italians sell out the little ground – and entered the twilight zone where they were afforded a glimpse into the future. They were offered a hint as to what Glasgow might look like without stand-off Finn Russell… and it wasn’t all bad.

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Far away game. It will take three flights to reach Bloemfontein, and two back as well as a four-hour bus trip
Montage: Colin Heggie

Glasgow Warriors face 12,000-mile round trip for one match

When Dave Rennie signed on for his stint with the Warriors you suspect that one reason the Kiwi coach moved north was the ever-increasing travel demands that the expanded Super Rugby imposed upon all participants. Had his Chiefs team beaten the Crusaders in this season’s semi-final and flown to Johannesburg for the final they would, someone did the maths, have racked up an eye-popping, record 42,921 kilometres (26,830 miles) in one Super Rugby season.

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Head coach Richard Cockerill is engaged in a repair job at Edinburgh. Picture: SNS

Allan Massie: Cockerill must make Edinburgh hard to beat

One shouldn’t confuse the improbable with the impossible. So, by the time you read this, Glasgow may have lost to Benetton Treviso at Scotstoun and Edinburgh may have beaten Leinster in Dublin. Both results are unlikely; nevertheless possible.

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Jason Tovey kicked two first-half penalties and ran in a try for Edinburgh. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

Leinster 21-13 Edinburgh: Jason Tovey’s fine efforts in vain

Jason Tovey led Edinburgh beautifully, but his side were unable to clinch a third win of the season and a long-awaited away victory at the RDS.

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Tommy Seymour celebrates his try for Glasgow Warriors. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS

Glasgow 37-21 Benetton: Late flurry secures Warriors win

A brand new Kiwi coach arrived at the club this season and has breathed belief into his charges, who have enjoyed a cracking good start to the season. We are, of course, 
talking about Kieran Crowley
who brought his newly re-branded Benetton Rugby to Scotstoun looking for their third win on the bounce.

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Johnny Sexton is one of Leinsters four British and Irish Lions stars who return tonight for a first Guinness Pro14 outing of the season. Picture: David Rogers/Getty Images

Edinburgh set for fierce test in Dublin as Leinster unleash Lions

Edinburgh coach Richard Cockerill believes Leinster will have viewed the visit of Edinburgh as a “comfortable” opportunity to bring back four of their British and Irish Lions for a first Guinness Pro14 outing of the season.

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Glasgow stand-off Finn Russell has been linked with a big-money move to France. Picture: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Dave Rennie: We’re going to work hard to keep Finn Russell

Glasgow coach Dave Rennie is a man who is serious about his rugby but slipped in some dry humour after naming his team to face Benetton at 
Scotstoun tonight.

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Glasgow Warriors head coach Dave Rennie. Picture: SNS

Fraser Brown on bench for Glasgow Warriors against Benetton

Scotland hooker Fraser Brown returns on the bench for Glasgow Warriors’ clash with Benetton at Scotstoun tomorrow night.

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Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill. Picture: SNS

Fraser McKenzie to skipper Edinburgh Rugby at Leinster

Lock forward Fraser McKenzie will captain Edinburgh against Leinster tomorrow night, with club captain Magnus Bradbury rested for the trip to Dublin.

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Rob Harley appreciated being part of the team environment even when injured. Picture: SNS/SRU

Glasgow’s fit-again Rob Harley grateful he was kept involved

Rob Harley relishes his reputation as one of Glasgow Warriors’ workhorses, which made his recent imposed lay-off all the more frustrating.

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