Dean: "We’re absolutely determined"
Get the Quick Hits from centre Chris Dean ahead of Friday Night's 1872 Cup first leg against Glasgow at Scotstoun.
On his derby memories
“It’s always a match to look forward to and it always gets things picked up a bit during the week. You want to do well and claim the 1872 Cup and I’ve certainly got some fond memories of this match over the years.
“It was a bit of shame the games got called off over the Christmas period but it’s great that the first one has been rescheduled for this week and we can all look forward to it.”
On the match's importance
“Fundamentally each game is just as important as any other. But it’s all about that rivalry. With only two pro clubs in Scotland players usually come through the age groups with one or the other to become a Glasgow player or an Edinburgh player. That rivalry adds a wee bit extra spice to the game. In times gone by it’s almost been like a Scotland trial match when all the internationals play in it in its usual slot at Christmas ahead of the Six Nations.”
“I don’t really have any strong feelings towards them. I admire the way they play and have done over the past five or six years. They’re enjoyable to watch and play with a lot of flair and excitement which is a great pull factor for their fans. They’ve built up a really good fanbase through that style of rugby that we’re now switching too. So hopefully we can follow suit and make our mark that way too which should lead to a really exciting match.”
On getting the 1872 Cup back
“We’re absolutely determined to get it back, for sure. There will be a lot of guys playing in their first 1872 Cup match this week with a lot of players away with Scotland so that created an opportunity for others to get involved. We want to bring the trophy back. It’s great to have rivalry in sport and with just two Scottish clubs in the league you want to be the one that brings back the silverware.“
“That whole season was all rather strange with the Covid issues. The hooter moment was definitely strange, that was quite a funny review on the video. Nic (Groom) genuinely thought it was a half-time hooter even though there has never been one in European club rugby before! But that stemmed from his time playing in the southern hemisphere where they DO have hooters.
“So the first message to anyone playing at Scotstoun for the first time this week will be to ignore any passing trains!
“I also remember a match where we had to go inside for 15 minutes for some reason. So there’s always a bit of drama around this fixture. It’s always a physical and exciting match.”