Assuming the games go ahead as the freezing weather continues (a couple of Magners' games have already been called off), here are the teams to take the field in Dublin and Edinburgh, respectively.
Glasgow Warriors To Face Leinster
Bernardo Stortoni, DTH van der Merwe, Max Evans, Graeme Morrison, Thom Evans, Dan Parks, Chris Cusiter, Jon Welsh, Dougie Hall, Moray Low, Alastair Kellock (capt), Richie Gray, Kelly Brown, John Barclay, Johnnie Beattie
TBC (But I bet Jackson is going to feature; they need to start bringing him on for when Parko leaves.) (Probably on BBC Radio Scotland, Friday night.)
Speaking of Cardiff.
Edinburgh Team To Face Cardiff
Chris Paterson (capt), Jim Thompson, Ben Cairns, John Houston, Tim Visser, Rory Hutton, Greig Laidlaw, Allan Jacobsen, Ross Ford, David Young, Jim Hamilton, Scott MacLeod, Alan MacDonald, Ross Rennie, Roddy Grant
Andrew Kelly, Kyle Traynor, Craig Hamilton, Scott Newlands, Ross Samson, Nick De Luca, Mark Robertson
(Live coverage on S4c, Saturday from 6pm-ish)
Can’t say I’m not a little intrigued to see what Hutton can do, given what is a massive opportunity for him… but I wouldn’t expect miracles straight off the bat.
Highlights of both games are also on STV, as usual, on Sunday. Given the lack of games this weekend, they will presumably pad by talking about either the upcoming 6 Nations or perhaps porridge, i.e. the new Scott’s limited edition packets that are to feature Ross(y), Mossy, and Thom.
Hopefully this will help boost the sport at breakfast tables everywhere, especially during the current wintry spell.
Speaking of, um, spelling, can someone tell me when they changed the spelling of "porridge"?