Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill. Picture: SNS

Iain Morrison: Richard Cockerill is conservative but Edinburgh can be adventurous too

The first thing I did after getting home from Murrayfield late on Friday night was to log on to the Champions Cup website and confirm that Edinburgh had indeed won Pool 5 and Glasgow had also qualified for the quarter-finals as a result. I already knew it was true, obviously, I just wanted the reassurance of seeing it in black and white on an official site. It’s been a long time coming.

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Edinburgh coach Richard Cockerill, left, and Glasgow's Dave Rennie are focused on reaching the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finals. Picture: SNS/SRU.

Duncan Smith: Scottish sides in mix for historic year

Next month will mark the 20th anniversary of the first time I was afforded the never-to-be-taken- for-granted privilege of being paid to attend and report on a Scotland rugby international. As a wet- behind-the-ears junior reporter for Borders weekly The Southern Reporter, I had been in my first job for mere weeks when despatched to Murrayfield for Scotland v Wales in the opening match of the 1999 Five Nations.

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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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