Press Pass with Richard Cockerill

Press Pass with Richard Cockerill

Get the latest from Head Coach Richard Cockerill as he spoke with press in the build up to Saturday's intercity derby against Glasgow Warriors at BT Murrayfield.

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On the familiarity of facing Glasgow

"We are certainly very familiar aren’t we? We go again on Saturday and we will pick what we think is the best team.

"It has been a very unique season. It is our sixth fixture against them in the last nine or ten months so that is pretty unique and I don’t see that happening again. Hopefully not.

"We are playing games and that is important but I don’t think it is particularly healthy for any team to play the same opposition six times a season, whoever it is."

On there being 'nothing' at stake

"There are guys who need game time, other guys who have other motivation to play. We have guys who are coming back from injury and there is a Scotland tour coming up.

"Guys will want to put their hands up for that and notwithstanding there are three guys that need game time to keep themselves sharp for the British and Irish lions.

"Those little motivations will keep guys with whatever agenda they have to keep playing and at this point we are still in the competition.

"The games gives an opportunity with the England A game and Romania and Georgia, Gregor will pick that squad and i have not had that conversation yet.

"They will pick whoever they feel is necessary heading into what will be a big couple of years heading into the World Cup."

On 'looking after' the club's Lions

"Their job is to play rugby so i am not going to force anybody to do anything and that is what they sign up for.

"I have two guys coming back from injury who want game time to be sharp and Duhan has not played a huge amount of rugby in the season and needs to play some rugby to be sharp and in best form to get a spot in the test team.

"We speak to guys all the time. If they are fit and healthy, available to play then they are available for selection like everybody else."

On player availability

"Every time we play we want to win so we will see where it takes us. We have some guys who have had long term injuries, guys who need surgery to get themselves right so we get guys hitting the ground for pre season whether that is after a short break this season or a summer tour.

"Matt Currie should be fit for Ulster game. There are three more games and guys like Muncaster, Boyle, Savala and Chamberlain - if they are fit and available and it is the right thing to play them, then they will play."

On Rory Sutherland's return to fitness

"He is doing very, very well. He is getting better every day. Whether he sees any rugby with us before the end of the season remains to be seen but we are hopeful that will be the case."

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