As expected on Saturday, January 2, at BT Murrayfield, GLASGOW coach Danny Wilson is now “very confident” that his side’s Guinness PRO14 match against Edinburgh will go ahead.
The first derby of the season, scheduled to take place this Sunday at Scotstoun, had to be postponed when 20 Warriors players went into self-isolation after a series of promising cases at their last opponents, Exeter, as a precautionary measure for Covid-19.
Four of the 20 players subsequently tested positive for the virus, but Wilson is looking forward to something closer to regular match play resuming in the coming days with no more positive cases since then and the remaining self-isolating players now able to return to training.
Last night, he said, “We’re in a position where we don’t have any more positive cases and we’ve completed our isolation period,” “I’m very sure that there will be a second game.
Since the Exeter game, we have had three rounds of testing. Before we play Edinburgh, we will test them again.
“All the guys who tested positive are in a different time frame. But as it stands now, everyone who was deemed to be in close contact after the trip and the Exeter game would be available again for this game – unless they test positive again.”
In addition to the postponement of the first derby of the season, Wilson’s side were also forced to cancel their Champions Cup game against Lyon last week and were handed a 28-0 defeat by tournament organizers. The loss to Exeter remains the last game Glasgow has played so far. Wilson won’t be pushing the players too hard in training for a bit, after more than two weeks of forced rest for several members of his squad.
“We trained today, but remember they were isolated for 10 days, so they did a very light session today,”We trained today, but remember that they were isolated for 10 days, so they did a very light session today. After ten days off, it’s a high risk for a professional rugby player to come into a high-energy workout. After Christmas, we will practice again, give the guys a few days off, and hopefully next week we will be out of the woods.
“We’ll be testing on the 28th again. You have to go through a procedure to make sure it’s out of the system and try to remove it very quickly. One test is not enough, two is not enough.
In more than ten days, we have not practiced and we have to gradually get the guys back. The positive ones will have an even more gradual return and will have to be managed against the backdrop of the disease.
The emotional side of it and the physical side of it are there. If you think about an international player who’s in the camp, he’s been staying at a hotel for a long time, and he’s not coming out of the bubble. They get out of there, and just a few days later, for ten days, they’re in their own isolated bubble. This is going to have an effect on
About how they are coping with this. Today, they are fresh and glad to be around other players and play some light games. It’s been a physical break for other guys who have been here, including Ryan Wilson and Rob Harley, who played so much rugby during this period. Some men will continue to heal emotionally for a few more days, but others have had a break from the physical demands.
In the longer term, Wilson’s concern remains to employ an offensive player to replace Adam Hastings, who at the end of this season is heading to Gloucester. With Brandon Thomson also moving on, it will be perfect for the Warriors to recruit a top-class 10 and a quality back-up.
The two players who were connected with a transfer to Scotstoun are former Glasgow player Duncan Weir and Munster’s Scottish fly-half Ben Healy, although the Scot now seems to be more probable than the Irishman. Wilson, however, remains tight-lipped.
At the moment, nothing is official,” he said when asked whether the Healy deal was off the table. “We are talking to certain individuals, but that position is still a priority. I don’t have any proof right now one way or the other.
The coach added, addressing Weir, “He’s obviously another 10th grade and a Scottish international who has been connected to the club.” So he’s someone we’d certainly care about, along with the others in the 10 shirt. Unfortunately, that’s all I have for you at the moment.”
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