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Se viene el que potencialmente podría ser nuestro ultimo partido de la temporada.

Enfrentaremos a nuestros eternos rivales Glasgow Warriors en situación de visitante. Se disputa la tradicional copa 1872, y como si esto no fuera suficiente atractivo, hay mas cosas en juego.


El proximo columna de Edinburgh jugador JP Socino


Por el lado del local, necesitan ganar para asegurarse jugar la semifinal en situación de local, algo que en esta Liga y probablemente en cualquiera, es una gran ventaja. 

Por nuestro lado la situación es un poco mas complicada. Tenemos una mínima posibilidad de terminar en el tercer puesto y disputar los play offs, aunque para que eso suceda, necesitamos que Treviso pierda su partido contra su clásico rival Zebre, que ha tenido una temporada muy baja, y que Scarlets, que también juega un derby de su país contra Newport Dragons, no sume punto bonus.

A todo esto, hay que agregarle que nosotros tenemos que ganar.

Para Edimburgh no solo está en juego la Guinness PRO14 sino que también está la posible clasificación a la Champions Cup del próximo año.

Todos estos son factores que hacen que el partido tenga un atractivo múltiple.

Todo juegos 27 Avril:

3PM GMT/UTC Dragons vs Scarlets

3:30PM GMT/UTC Toyota Cheetahs vs Isuzu Southern Kings

5PM GMT UTC Benetton vs Zebre

5:15PM GMT/UTC Cardiff Blues vs Ospreys

5:15PM GMT/UTC Ulster vs Leinster

7:35PM GMT/UTC Glasgow vs Edinburgh

7:35PM GMT/UTC Munster vs Connacht

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Mas allá de las razones antes mencionadas, es también un partido que nadie quiere perder por ser los dos equipos de Escocia. Glasgow ha perdido los últimos dos partidos contra nosotros y quieren recomponer eso.

La primavera llego a Escocia y con esto un poco del tan deseado sol. Es inevitable el efecto positivo que esto genera en todo el plantel en una semana tan importante.

La ultima fecha del año siempre hay emociones encontradas en el grupo, jugadores que se van, otros que se retiran, muchos que siguen y varios con la incertidumbre respecto a que les traerá el futuro.

Esta semana tuvimos la cena de fin de temporada, un momento para que jugadores, staff y sus familias compartan un buen momento.

Sirve para hacer un balance de lo que fue la temporada que está terminando y despedir a quienes no seguirán el club.

Tuve la suerte de recibir un premio que se llama Ironman – una distinción entregada por el cuerpo técnico al jugador con la mejor actitud profesional y que siempre estuvo físicamente disponible y no se perdió ningún entrenamiento.

Fue una sorpresa muy linda sobre todo en una temporada en la que no tuvo muchos minutos en cancha.

Que te reconozcan por el trabajo que uno hace día a día, más allá de las circunstancias de ser elegido para jugar, es algo que me llena de orgullo.

De cara al último partido y después de una gran noche, es imposible que las energías no fluctúen; pero este partido sirve para unir a todos por una ultima vez, para ganarle a Glasgow. Y quizá, ojalá, estirar la temporada un par de partidos mas .


We are facing what is potentially our final game of the season.

We will be playing our fiercest rivals, the Glasgow Warriors away from home. At stake will be the 1872 Cup, yet a lot hangs on this game, to give it extra attraction.


This is the latest column by Edinburgh star JP Socino


Our hosts need to win to secure a home semifinal, which in this and any other League is a huge advantage.

From our end, our situation is a lot more dire. We have a scant possibility of finishing in third place and advance to the playoffs. For this to happen, we need Treviso to lose their local derby against Zebre, a team that has had a poor season, and for the Newport Dragons to ensure that the Scarlets don’t get a bonus point, in another local derby.

On top of this, we must win.

All of these factors contribute to what will be a game that will not be easily forgotten.

All Games April 27

3PM GMT/UTC Dragons vs Scarlets

3:30PM GMT/UTC Toyota Cheetahs vs Isuzu Southern Kings

5PM GMT UTC Benetton vs Zebre

5:15PM GMT/UTC Cardiff Blues vs Ospreys

5:15PM GMT/UTC Ulster vs Leinster

7:35PM GMT/UTC Glasgow vs Edinburgh

7:35PM GMT/UTC Munster vs Connacht

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Of course, with the rivalry between both cities, neither team wants to lose. We’ve beaten them the last two times we played and they clearly want to set the record straight.

Spring has arrived in Scotland and with this, the so much needed sun. There is an inevitable positive effect and the squad has felt it, more so in such an important week.

The last game in any team finds the squad full of mixed emotions with players that are leaving, others that stay and many waiting to see what the future will bring.

This week we had the End of Season Team Dinner, with players, staff, and families sharing an enjoyable evening.

These kinds of gatherings help us reminisce on a season that is coming to an end and farewell those that won’t stay at the club.

I was lucky to be honored as the Ironman, an award given by the staff to the player with the best professional attitude and that was always physically available and did not miss any training session.

It was a nice surprise, more so in a season in which I did not have many minutes on the field. Being recognized for your day to day work, beyond the fact that you were select to play or not, gives me a lot of pride.

Facing the final game of the season, and after a great night, emotions are high, uniting everybody for one last time to beat Glasgow. And, hopefully, if things go our way, be able to play a couple more games.


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Round 4: Super Rugby Aotearoa/AU Team of the Week

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With the Australian Super Rugby teams entering the fold this week, the Super Rugby Team of the Week selection just got a whole lot tougher. There were plenty of great performances over the weekend, and a few names on the sheet that continue to show up week in and week out. 

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MLR Nationality Breakdown By Position: New England Freejacks

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The other day I was thinking about fly-halves in the MLR -- since that is my position -- and I got to thinking how few American players there are playing fly-half in Major League Rugby. The only ones I could think of off the top of my head were Ben Cima (SEA), Scott Dean (SEA), Tadgh Leader (NE) and Zinzan Elan-Puttick (AUS) -- and it's worth noting that both Leader and Elan-Puttick grew up playing rugby in Ireland and South Africa respectively. 

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10 Monday Notes: Hot Seats In NZ, Super Rugby Kicks Off In AUS

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The gifts keep on coming, as Super Rugby AU's new season just got underway this past weekend with two scintillating matchups, while Super Rugby Aotearoa once again dazzled fans. 

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MLR Nationality Breakdown By Position: Houston Sabercats

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The other day I was thinking about fly-halves in the MLR -- since that is my position -- and I got to thinking how few American players there are playing fly-half in Major League Rugby. The only ones I could think of off the top of my head were Ben Cima (SEA), Scott Dean (SEA), Tadgh Leader (NE) and Zinzan Elan-Puttick (AUS) -- and it's worth noting that both Leader and Elan-Puttick grew up playing rugby in Ireland and South Africa respectively. 

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More Rugby! Super Rugby Australia Kicks Off With Reds vs Waratahs

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Much to the delight of many rugby fans all around the world, Super Rugby began a New Zealand-only competition three weeks ago, giving spectators something great to feast their eyes on after a long rugby layoff since the start of the pandemic. Well, starting this weekend the rugby universe will be treated to another great competition, as Super Rugby now begins its Australian-only league. 

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TWO UNBEATENS REMAIN: Super Rugby Aotearoa Round 4 Preview

Richie Mo'unga, Crusaders

Through three rounds of Super Rugby Aotearoa, it's the Blues and the Crusaders who still remain unbeaten, while the Chiefs and the Hurricanes are still in search of a first victory on the season. The Highlanders, meanwhile, sit at 1-1 after two heart-stopping fixtures against the Chiefs and the Blues. 

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Date Set For New Zealand's North vs South Island Battle

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For the first time since the mid 1980's, New Zealand is set to reintroduce the famous North vs South Island match on August 29th, pitting players from each of the two parts of New Zealand against one another to settle where the best rugby players in the country truly come from. 

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MLR Nationality Breakdown By Position: Colorado Raptors

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Could New Zealand Be Hosting The Entire 2020 Rugby Championship?

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With much of the world shut down still thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, rumors are swirling that New Zealand could be home to the entire 2020 Rugby Championship. The past three weeks have seen the beginning of the Super Rugby Aotearoa, a competition involving just the four New Zealand Super Rugby franchises. 

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