Glasgow Warriors: Sam Johnson targets a double dose of silverware to end the season

The Rainbow Cup will see Edinburgh and Glasgow meet twice in the space of eight days next month, taking the number of derbies the sides have played against each other to six since last August.

Glasgow Warriors' Sam Johnson admits playing Edinburgh so often can be a little repetitive. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS

While it’s always an eagerly anticipated fixture, you can sometimes have too much of a good thing.

The first Rainbow Cup inter-city derby, which will take place at Scotstoun on May 7, will decide the winners of the 1872 Cup with Glasgow looking to get their hands on the silverware for the first time since 2017.

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“Our record hasn’t been great over the years so that’s something we’ll need to look at to see if we can get the trophy back to Scotstoun,” said Sam Johnson, the Glasgow centre.

“That, along with the Rainbow Cup, gives us a piece of silverware to play for. We’ll go all guns blazing for that.”

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Johnson missed a large chunk of the season with injury so is relishing the chance to play in the new tournament, although even he is slightly weary of another two matches against Edinburgh.

“This will be the fifth game against them this season but any time you go up against Edinburgh it’s a derby. Any time you cross that white line it doesn’t matter who you know from a Scotland point of view – you’ll take someone’s head off! So I’m looking forward to it.

“We’ve had a lot of derbies this year and it does get a bit repetitive if I’m being honest. But it’s an opportunity to play rugby and it’s good from a business point of view, with TV money coming in.”

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