Iain Morrison

Ben Toolis is one of a number of players released by Scotland who will strengthen Edinburgh's squad to take on the Dragons. Picture: SNS/SRU

Richard Cockerill relishes return of Ben Toolis to face Dragons

With the Six Nations in a state of suspended animation, the Guinness Pro14 kicks back into life for the following three weekends. Despite numerous injuries and international call- ups, Edinburgh field a strong squad for tonight’s match at BT Murrayfield against the Dragons, who are still looking for their first league win on the road this season.

Guinness Pro14
Michele Campagnaro of Italy. Picture: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

Italy will try to slow Scotland down says Michele Campagnaro

Michele Campagnaro is sitting in the Italian team hotel in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket looking north over the imposing mass of Edinburgh castle perched atop its rock, an impetentrable fortress. He has a shock of long, blond hair, penetrating green eyes and almost perfect English honed during his time with Exeter Chiefs, which has only just ended.

Six Nations
Adam Hastings is the son of famous Scotland player, Gavin.

Like father, like son: Famous bloodlines in rugby

Scotland has a smallish gene pool from which to select any national side, especially in a minority sport like rugby where, for all its current popularity with fans, actual players are almost an endangered species. So it shouldn’t be surprising that several of the current Scotland players boast an illustrious bloodline. The captain Greig Laidlaw is the nephew of Roy Laidlaw who won 51 international caps including three for the Lions.

Load more
Get daily updates Sign Up X