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European Rugby Champions Cup
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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Englishman Andy Farrell will take over as Ireland coach after the World Cup. Picture: by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Allan Massie: Nationality of coaches is irrelevant in Test rugby

Coaches have been in the news recently. First, Andy Farrell will succeed Joe Schmidt as Ireland’s coach after the World Cup. This should make the 2020 Six Nations England-Ireland match an interesting family affair, with father Andy coaching Ireland and son Owen , one assumes, captaining England.Then there is a rumour that the RFU is considering asking Warren Gatland to be Eddie Jones’ successor when the garrulous Australian moves on. It was long assumed that Gatland’s ambition was to be the next coach for his native New Zealand. So it may be that he would be interested in the Twickenham job only as the next best thing. This is something that presumably wouldn’t commend him to the RFU. If, however, he does land up at Twickenham, he will have been pretty well round the houses as head coach of Ireland, Wales and England, and, twice, of the Lions. Meanwhile the Welsh Rugby Union has already appointed another New Zealander, Wayne Pivac, to take over from Gatland next season.

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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Scotland's Jonny Gray trains at St Andrews. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS/SRU

Jonny Gray hopes European club wins can lift Scotland for Wales

It’s been a while since both of Scotland’s pro-teams have been in the European Champions Cup and it’s been even longer since they both recorded good wins in the same weekend of the competition. Edinburgh beat three-time winners Toulon by four tries to two, while Glasgow got off the mark with a well-deserved victory against Cardiff – where several of their players will return to next weekend in Scotland colours to take on Wales, looking for revenge following that one-sided 34-7 defeat in the opening match of last season’s Six Nations.

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