Press Pass: Bradbury on a European focus
Get the latest from back-row Magnus Bradbury as he spoke with press in the build up to this Saturday's 2020-21 Heineken Champions Cup opener against La Rochelle.
On the team's recent run of form
“We’ve been missing a lot of players - the last game we had I think it was 13 of the starting 15 who were away with Scotland - so that’s going to challenge any team.
In terms of performances and results, I feel gutted by the results first and foremost, but we’ve got to take the positives from them. It’s not all negative.
“For the young guys who have stepped up - Nathan Chamberlain, Dan Gamble and Sam Grahamslaw just to name a few - I think it’s been absolutely excellent. The attitude shown by them and the rest of the team has been first-class during the week in training.
“Particularly in the past couple of weeks against Leinster and Ulster, it shows when you switch off and you don’t have that concentration it can really, really punish you.”
On the excitement of facing La Rochelle
“Yeah, we always are. Our track record against French teams over the past couple of years shows we can match them and beat them, regardless of whether it’s home or away.
"There will be a couple of changes to the 23 who play that game, but regardless of who it is I expect us to front up like we always do against French teams.”
On being back in the Champions Cup
“It’s class. It’s testament to the hard work we’ve put in over the past couple of years.
“I think it was probably one of the first things Cockers said when he came in was that’s where we want to be; that’s our first target, playing in the top flight of European rugby. Because no matter how far we go in it, you are playing the best teams in Europe, and it’s hugely exciting for everyone in the squad to be testing our mettle against them.”
On facing an in-form La Rochelle side
“Yeah. They are a huge team and a very successful team, but we’ve shown we can beat these teams even across there with Toulon, and running Montpellier pretty close as well.
"So we’re going to prepare as we do for every game, look at their weaknesses and their strengths, and go there and fire some shots and see what happens.”
On having the fresh focus of European rugby
“For the national boys and for the boys who have stayed at Edinburgh, it’s been a long season so far, and there’s plenty more to go.
"We want to hit the ground running this week and that will be really key. With the Scotland boys reintegrating as well, and us picking up where we left off, I think it’s going to be a hugely exciting week. And whatever that 23 looks like, we’re going to be good to go.”
On missing out on international rugby and aspirations of a return
“I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t missed being involved. It was hard, but everyone has setbacks in their career and you don’t want to dwell on it.
"I had a good chat with Cockers and said I was gutted about it but that I’d take my two days to be down in the dumps then look at it with a renewed outlook with Edinburgh.
“Gregor always said to me that if I played well for Edinburgh, he might call me back in. Obviously that hasn’t happened but the motivation to play for Edinburgh is all I need, regardless of Scotland stuff.
“I’ve really enjoyed the game-time I’ve had and it’s been good to still be playing. Yes I’ve missed Scotland, but I’ve still been enjoying my rugby which is the main thing.”