Davidson's Capital ambitions
Following an impressive unbeaten run at home prior to lockdown, Edinburgh Rugby have acquired some new, exciting names in the past few months in an attempt to add strength through depth to an already talented squad.
With lock Andrew Davidson swapping Glasgow for the nation’s capital over the summer, the 23-year-old is looking to add his own spin on Edinburgh’s brand of rugby.
Davidson enjoyed a successful three-year stint at Newcastle Falcons, before catching the eye in limited game time at Glasgow Warriors from 2018 onwards, and joins the club now with an appetite for success.
“It’s been really good so far.” said Davidson on life in Edinburgh. “It’s been tough at times - the volume and intensity of training I mean - but my body is getting used to it and I feel like I’m really taking some steps forward.
“Those first few weeks of lockdown were hard, when we could only do one hour of exercise per day but once it eased up a wee bit, it made things a lot easier - mentally as well as physically - because it is tough, being stuck inside all day.
But, it’s nice getting back out into a different environment and getting a bit of routine back.”
Although a fresh face at BT Murrayfield, the forward is already acquainted with a lot of the team having played age-grade rugby with the likes of Blair Kinghorn and Darcy Graham.
Speaking on the reasons behind his move, Davidson admits there were a multitude of factors that persuaded him to swap Glasgow for the capital.
“I fell out of form a wee bit at Glasgow and didn’t get as much game time as I would’ve liked. Then, my agent phoned me one day and said ‘Jim Mallinder and Richard Cockerill are really keen to meet you’ so I went through to BT Murrayfield pre-lockdown and everything they said appealed to me.
"Cockers said it was going to be hard work but I’d be a better player for it - and I already feel like I’m getting better every day.
“I was told that no matter who you are, if you’re playing well and you’re in-form, you’re going to get picked.
"So, I’m going to train hard, and do everything I can. I’ve not come to hold back - I want to play rugby. Obviously, there’s a lot of good names at Edinburgh but that’s my goal. I want to put my name down and give the coaches something to think about going forward.”
With Edinburgh facing Davidson’s former side this weekend, the second row spoke on the rivalry between the two camps, and is confident that his relationship with his former teammates will not phase him on the day.
“The rivalry is such a big thing - these are the big games that you really have to switch on for. The boys are raring to go, and you can tell from the way that the players and the coaches have been speaking about it in the build-up that it’s just as big - if not bigger - through here.”
“It’ll be head down and no holding back for sure. When the game comes around you just get stuck in, and wait until after the game to say your ‘hellos’.
“We’ve got two massive games to put ourselves in the best position going forward for this end-of-the-season run-in. These back-to-back matches aren’t pre-season games where guys can build into it and learn while we play - there can’t be any room for error.
“Glasgow like to play a fast, attacking brand of rugby, but we’ve got our plans set out and we know what we’re going to do.”