Glasgow Warriors

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Jon Humphreys aims to see Glasgow's Plan A executed to perfection before he leaves. Photograph: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU.

Warriors coach Jon Humphrys will leave a rugby nation in harmony

It feels like yesterday but almost six years have passed since Jon Humphreys was dragged out of the Ospreys and into Scottish rugby by his former club boss Scott Johnson. Now the Glasgow forwards coach is to return to his homeland at the end of the season to become Wales’ forwards coach. His new boss Wayne Pivac actually approached him back in September and, Humphreys says, he was unsure about Dave Rennie’s plans at the time, although the Warriors head coach has since signed on for another season.

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Greig Laidlaw is regarded highly at Clermont Auvergne. Picture: SNS/SRU.

Allan Massie: A must-win assignment for Glasgow Warriors

This is crunch weekend for Glasgow and Edinburgh. Glasgow play Cardiff Blues at Scotstoun, Edinburgh Toulon away. Victory for either club would almost certainly secure a place in the Champions Cup quarter-finals, though Glasgow may need a bonus point to be sure. On the face of it, Glasgow have the easier task. They are at home and Cardiff Blues have no chance of proceeding further in the Cup. Edinburgh’s assignment this weekend is more demanding, even though Toulon are having their worst season for years and, like Cardiff, can’t qualify for the knock-out stages.

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Stuart Hogg is back in the Glasgow team after being sidelined with a hip injury. Picture: SNS/SRU.

Stuart Hogg back for Glasgow but missing Huw Jones intrigues

The star power of Stuart Hogg would mean his return to the side, even after a minor short-term hip injury, would normally be the main headline but Dave Rennie’s selection for tomorrow’s Heineken Champions Cup clash with Cardiff at Scotstoun provoked more questions about those who were missing.

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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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Alarm bells ring for struggling Glasgow Warriors

The festive season is over now for the rest of us, but for Glasgow Warriors it never began. Saturday’s narrow defeat in Treviso was their third loss in a row in the Pro14, and from enjoying a double-figure lead at the top of Conference A they are now down to second, a mere five points clear of fourth-placed Connacht.

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Edinburgh's Grant Gilchrist with Juan Pablo Socino. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS

Gregor Townsend will need Edinburgh’s piano-shifters to call the tune

Ithink it was a French 
journalist who first made the distinction between the piano-players and the piano-shifters, the former being of course the backs, the latter the 
forwards. It was a fair distinction a long time ago when the respective roles of backs and forwards were more distinct than they are now, and it certainly made good sense when one considered the game in France.

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