Edinburgh defend Greig Laidlaw rest
The South African coach has urged fans not to view the loss of Laidlaw as an indication of a lack of ambition from a team bidding to secure a top-six finish which would qualify them to play in Europe next year.
Instead it should be seen as a chance for Grayson Hart, Sam Hidalgo Clyne and Sean Kennedy to display their credentials as players capable of competing at the highest level.
Solomons said: “I think that all three of those scrum-halves have the ability to play Test rugby for Scotland, so you’ve got to look at it like that – in a positive light.”
Laidlaw has been given an extended break to fully recharge his batteries. “He has had a tough season. He’s made a great contribution to us this year and a great contribution to Scotland, but he starts at Gloucester on 1 July and, if you look at the dates of the summer tour, he’s not going to have a break,” added Solomons.
Meanwhile, Glasgow coach Gregor Townsend has urged his team to stay tight against Ospreys in their biggest match of the season. Fifth-placed Warriors go into tonight’s Scotstoun clash four points behind their Welsh visitors in the RaboDirect Pro12, although the Scots have two games in hand on teams in the play-off positions. Townsend said: “This is our biggest game of the season so far with valuable league points up for grabs. Like any game against a top side, we’ll have to seize any opportunity.”