Blair expects European success

Scotland scrum-half Mike Blair is confident that Edinburgh can make progress in this season's European Cup - despite being drawn in a tough pool. [more]

Blair expects European success

Scotland scrum-half Mike Blair is confident that Edinburgh can make progress in this season’s European Cup – despite being drawn in a tough pool.

Andy Robinson’s side have been paired with English champions Wasps, Celtic League winners Leinster and powerful French outfit Castres.

Coincidentally, it means Blair – who took over the Scotland captaincy during the 2008 RBS 6 Nations – will face three of the other captains in this year’s championship.

Phil Vickery led England during the RBS 6 Nations, France were captained by Lionel Nallett and Brian O’Driscoll skippered Ireland.

Edinburgh face a difficult task to emerge from arguably the most competitive pool in the tournament, which will start in early October.

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However Blair – a leading contender for the Lions captaincy next year – is confident that revitalised Edinburgh can make progress.

The Scotland scrum half, who recorded his 100th appearance for Edinburgh last December, said: "The draw means we will be coming up against some of the best club sides in Europe.

"But the general consensus amongst the squad is that we have a great chance of progressing through to the knock-out stages of the European Cup and the fact the final will be played at Murrayfield is an extra incentive for us to perform."

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