Heineken Cup

Six Nations 2014: Warren Gatland stays true to tried and trusted squad

Warren Gatland already knows a thing or two about laying hands on the union code's glittering prizes, but if he makes Six Nations history over the next few weeks by coaching Wales to a third successive title, his reputation as a rugby alchemist will be secure. The 32-man squad he announced looked extremely powerful, but with several key players in contractual limbo, others plying their trade abroad and still more lamenting the viciousness of the political turf war west of the Severn, the New Zealander may have a difficult job bringing people together in common cause.

Gloucester 10 Edinburgh 16: Freddie Burns’ blunders prove infectious

Edinburgh win Heineken Cup matches in England about as often as the Scotland backs score open-field tries at Test level, so the Cherry and White-striped denizens of the Kingsholm Shed will be mourning this defeat for some time to come. True to form, there was a vintage rendition of “You Don’t Know What You’re Doing” from the massed ranks of terrace supporters midway through the second half, but no one in the ground could swear hand on heart that it was aimed at the match officials – the usual recipients of choral abuse. The targets this time may just have been the playmakers in the Gloucester midfield.

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