Crosbie ready for Zebre opener

Crosbie ready for Zebre opener

​Back-row Luke Crosbie insists he and his teammates are chomping at the bit to get the season started with the club’s home opener against Zebre at BT Murrayfield now in touching distance.

Crosbie has featured in both pre-season fixtures and believes the capital squad ‘are in the best shape we’ve been as a team’ with just over a week to go until Zebre visit BT Murrayfield.

“As a team, I feel like we’re ready to play. We’ve had our pre-season and I feel that, physically, we’re in the best shape we’ve been in as a team,” explained Crosbie.

“But it’s obviously good to have this free week ahead of the new season just to brush up on a few things and fine tweak some things.”

“The mistakes that we made last weekend are easy fixes. We got into some really good positions, it was just a case of converting more of those chances into tries.

“It’s about holding the ball more when we’re in the opposition 22 and making those passes stick. As forwards, our lineout defence is also something that we’ll look at and review.”

With several of Edinburgh’s back-row players on Rugby World Cup duty, there is a level of expectation on Crosbie and his teammates’ shoulders to step up in the opening stages of the season.

And having already made 26 appearances for the club, the former Currie RFC man will be hoping to add to that tally with tricky away encounters against Cardiff Blues and Leinster coming in the opening rounds of the competition.

It’s obviously a good thing for me, personally, to get more of a run out and feature in the matchday 23. Every player wants to play rugby.

“But it’s great watching players like Watson, Barclay and Matt progress on the international stage because they played a huge big part in my development. I’ve learned so much from them.

“I just want to learn from players like that who have that bit more experience. But it’s a good opportunity for me now that they’ve moved onto the Rugby World Cup.

“It’s now up to me to show what I’ve learned, what I can do, and show it on the pitch. I just want to give it a good crack.”

Commitment to the jersey is one factor that is never lacking in Crosbie’s DNA. And that is perhaps personified in his admission that he’ll play ‘anywhere’, as long as it gets him on the park come kick-off.

“Hopefully I won’t be filling in at second row - I don’t want to ruin my ears just yet! But if it gets me on the park, I’ll play anywhere.

“I’d rather play 6 or 7 because I prefer to get my hands on the ball, but if it comes to it and if I need to stick my head between two front rows, then I’ll obviously do it.”


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