‘We’re in a far better place’ – Danny Wilson

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Glasgow Warriors head coach Danny Wilson is confident his side are over the worst of their Covid-19 outbreak but still has several personnel issues to deal with ahead of Saturday’s United Rugby Championship game against the Ospreys.

Both legs of the 1872 Cup derby fixtures against Edinburgh were postponed over the festive period after the Warriors reported a number of positive cases.

Wilson admitted that his squad are still dealing with disruptions ahead of this weekend’s encounter at Scotstoun.

Situation has improved

He said: “We’re in a far better place than we were but obviously we’re still going to have a lot of situations to deal with and finish off because of the isolation period and the recovery period.

“Although our positive cases are way down compared to what they were, we’ve still got a fair amount to deal with.

“It’s a big challenge to reintegrate players to the team after isolation. Some will make it and some won’t. They’ve all got different isolation periods depending on when they went into isolation.

“And then we’ve got to make the relevant assessments to decide if they’re ready and fit to play. It’s going to be a little bit mixed but we’re certainly in a much better place than we were five or six days ago.”

Wilson is frustrated the postponement of the two Edinburgh games denied his team a swift chance to tap into the feelgood factor generated by their rousing Champions Cup victory over Exeter at a full-house Scotstoun the week before Christmas.

He said: “We’d come off the back of a decent run of rugby – beating Exeter in Europe was outstanding – and we wanted to roll that into the derbies but unfortunately there was a block put on that, and on top of that we’ve still got a lot to deal with in terms of Covid.

“You’re normally managing an injury-rate throughout the year but managing an injury-rate and a Covid-rate is far more difficult.

“Everyone in our squad and Edinburgh’s would have wanted to play the derbies. Both teams were in form, coming off good results in Europe and I think it would have made for great games of rugby.”

Wilson hopes the Edinburgh games can be rescheduled for later in the season so that supporters are allowed in and the fixtures are not squeezed in on Six Nations weekends.

He said: “I’m hoping they are rearranged at a time when we can get a proper level of intensity, with all the internationals playing against each other in front of crowds. That’s what those games are about and that’s what they require, so hopefully that’s how they will be rearranged.”

Graham Rowntree signs Munster contract extension

Meanwhile, Munster have announced that forwards coach Graham Rowntree has put pen to paper on a two-year contract extension with the province until at least June 2024.

The former England prop made the move to Limerick in October 2019 on completion of his Rugby World Cup coaching duties with Georgia’s international side.

With an impressive coaching CV and vast experience, he previously had coaching jobs with the British and Irish Lions, England, Harlequins and Leicester Tigers.

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