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Irish set sights on Geoff Cross

14th March 2014 10:43


Geoff Cross

On the move? Geoff Cross

Reports are strengthening around London Irish's interest in experienced Edinburgh and Scotland tighthead prop, Geoff Cross.

Cross has won 27 caps for the Scots to date, and is poised to make appearance number 28 in Cardiff on Saturday as Scott Johnson's men tackle Wales.

Cross has played second fiddle to project player WP Nel in Scotland's capital this season, to the chagrin of national scrum coach, Massimo Cuttitta alongside many supporters.

Get Reading reports that, having made just two starts for Edinburgh since Alan Solomons took over as head coach, the qualified doctor could well be tempted by a move to the Premiership and the promise of regular rugby.

The view that Cross deserves more game time is shared by legendary Scottish tighthead, Iain Milne. "The Bear", a member of Scotland's Grand Slam-winning side of 1984, agrees it would be "craziness" to allow the Edinburgh man to follow counterpart Moray Low in moving south.

"We should be looking after Geoff better as a rugby country and the way he has been treated is a disgrace," Milne told Get Reading.

"Any time Geoff has come into the Scotland side, say for Euan Murray, who has been unavailable on a Sunday, he has done well.

"There have been times, too, when Geoff has come off the bench and the scrum has actually improved.

"Why Edinburgh are thinking of letting Geoff go I can't get my mind around. What makes things absolute madness is that Glasgow will shortly lose another Scotland prop, Moray Low, to Exeter Chiefs.

"It would be absolute craziness if both left when something could be done about it by moving Geoff into the vacancy created by Moray."

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