Tensions Flare In Scotland As Dave Rennie Slams Richard Cockerill

Heating up.

Things are heating up in Scotland between Glasgow head coach Dave Rennie and Edinburgh boss Richard Cockerill, with the former not happy with Cockerill’s very public attempt to poach one of his number nines.

Cockerill has made it very clear he is interested in trying to bring one of Glasgow’s international scrum-halves – George Horne, Ali Price or Henry Pyrgos to Edinburgh, with the Englishman set to lose the services of Sam Hidalgo-Clyne to Scarlets next season.

It’s a bit like the situation with Leinster in Ireland surrounding Johnny Sexton, Ross Byrne and Joey Carbery. The IRFU are said to be actively trying to get either Byre or Carbery to move to another province – in the best interest of the national team. With the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) owning the clubs in Scotland too, Cockerill is reportedly hoping the SRU will step in as the IRFU have done in Ireland.

“There is no point having three national nines in one team. However, those are discussions that are in process.” Cockerill said earlier this month.

But Dave Rennie is having none of it.

He [Cockerill] would be better talking to us rather than the media.” Rennie said ahead of Friday’s PRO14 semi-final clash with Scarlets.

“We haven’t heard anything. They are all contracted, signed with us. The big thing is that they want to be here.”