Iain Morrison

Leicester’s Jake Kerr takes different route to glory

He may not even be aware of it but Finn Russell could bump into a fellow countryman when Leicester Tigers host Racing this afternoon. One-time Edinburgh academy player Jake Kerr starts the game on the Leicester bench, his story almost as dramatic as Russell’s.

Allister Hogg. Pic: SNS/SRU

Allister Hogg expects Falcons to edge Edinburgh clash

If anyone can offer an insight into today’s Champions Cup tie between Edinburgh Rugby and Newcastle Falcons then Allister Hogg is surely that man. Long before his namesake Stuart starting hogging the headlines, Allister was a sliced bread breakaway for Scotland. First capped at 21, he went on to make 48 international appearances. He is a two-club man, playing 93 league matches for Edinburgh before moving south of the Border in 2009 and turning out well over 100 times for the Falcons in all competitions.

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Glasgow Warriors' Matt Fagerson and Niko Matawalu celebrate. Pic: SNS/SRU/Gary Hutchison

Glasgow Warriors 21 - 10 Lyon: Warriors claim scrappy win

In atrocious, freezing, wet and windy conditions that would have tested the resolve of a rugby-playing polar bear, Glasgow struggled to a scrappy win over a scratch Lyon side thanks to a brace of tries from Niko Matawalu and three penalties from the boot of Adam Hastings. However the Warriors played only fitfully and they may yet rue the lack of a bonus point come the final totting up at the end of the pool stages.

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Edinburgh's Blair Kinghorn. Pic: SNS/SRU/Gary Hutchison

Blair Kinghorn relishes ‘brilliant result’ over Newcastle

You would have got decent odds against it before this tournament kicked off but at the halfway stage of the Champions Cup group stage Edinburgh are sitting pretty, kings of the castle, atop Pool 5 with 11 points from their three games to date. They not only got the bonus-point victory over Newcastle’s depleted Falcons on Friday but they restricted their nearest rivals to nul points, which was a handy night’s work as full-back Blair Kinghorn suggested.

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Edinburgh Rugby's Pierre Schoeman. Pic: SNS/SRU/Paul Devlin

Pierre Schoeman hitting top notes at Edinburgh

Like any other foreigner, Edinburgh prop Pierre Schoeman was keen to see a bit more of Scotland outside the capital where he lives and works. He and his wife hired a car and set off, along with fellow South Africans Jaco van der Walt and his missus.

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James Johnstone in action for Edinburgh. Picture: SNS

Johnstone happy to give up sevens glamour to make mark for Edinburgh

World Rugby’s flying sevens circus gets up and running tomorrow, first in Dubai and then Cape Town the following weekend. Having come through the national sevens squad and having played on the circuit for about five years, James Johnstone would not be human if a little bit of him wasn’t yearning for the Middle East sunshine.

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