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Archives for November 2011

Great wins for Edinburgh and Glasgow

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John Beattie | 17:19 UK time, Sunday, 13 November 2011

So there we are, two excellent results for Glasgow and Edinburgh. And I think they were down to two things - good players and improving game structure.

The first point is that, as always, the quality of Scottish players is as good as any in the UK. For far too long we have been told by a succession of coaches that they are working with a certain, perhaps lesser, quality of player.

Actually, that's nonsense. The English league is full of Scottish players and there's a crop of young players who are as good as anything out there. I would say that Duncan Weir and Harry Leonard at stand-off are international class.

I first saw Duncan Weir playing at school level, and he was extraordinary.

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Gray's departure from Glasgow worries me

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John Beattie | 18:23 UK time, Tuesday, 8 November 2011

So big Richie Gray is leaving Glasgow. Is he making a mistake? What on earth is one of our best players doing leaving Glasgow to play in Manchester?

And is the English Premiership that attractive?

Why is Scotland's most marketable player walking out the door?

Frankly, I'd like to have seen him either stay at Glasgow to gallop across Scotstoun when Glasgow move there, or go and sample the life of wine, pate, some strange pain (their word for the staff of life) and the odd fight in the sunshine.

I am surprised he didn't go to France.

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