EDINBURGH will have three of their Scotland squad members available for Sunday evening’s match against the Scarlets at in Llanelli, while Glasgow Warriors will be boosted by the release of eight players for their Monday night match against Leinster at Scotstoun.
“Jamie Bhatti, WP Nel and Nick Haining [are being released to Edinburgh] although WP will stay with us as we’re playing in the same venue as Edinburgh the following day,” explained national team head coach Gregor Townsend.
“For Glagsow, Huw Jones, Nick Grigg, Sam Johnson, Rob Harley and Richie Gray are back already, we have three with us this weekend in George Turner, George Horne and Ratu Tagive, [but] we come back Saturday night and Glasgow don’t play until Monday so they’ll be made available.”
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Townsend added that he is taking a squad of 30 players to Wales for the match, which means there are seven travelling reserves who are not in the match-day 23, as part of a focus on keeping the core group of players in the Scottish ‘bubble’ as tight as possible.
“We trained with a squad of 30 today and we have really stepped up the focus on our behaviours when we are in training environments and hotel environments and we have been in the hotel all week, the players haven’t been able to move out of the hotel and we know that the virus can spread through a team very quickly,” he explained.
“We were all relieved when we got another round of negative cases which came back on Tuesday morning.”