After injuring his shoulder in the Six Nations win over Wales, Luke Crosbie is enjoying being back on the pitch with Edinburgh, and to returning to Cardiff this weekend.  

The capital club squeezed back into the top eight of the United Rugby Championship thanks to their bonus point win over Scarlets at Hive Stadium on Saturday night.  

It is only on matches won that Edinburgh find themselves above Connacht, Ulster and Lions, who also have 39 points, and ahead of a trip to Cardiff this weekend, picking up every point available could be vital.  

Crosbie, though, is just pleased to be back on the pitch.  

He said: “It's the business end of the season, so it's great. These are the games you want to play in because they matter.  

The 27-year-old made his Edinburgh return off the bench in the Challenge Cup win over Bayonne, before earning a starting position against Scarlets.  

He admitted there were aspects of the performance, particularly in the first half, the capital side will need to tighten up ahead of their trip to Cardiff Arms Park.  

Crosbie added: "In the first half we made a few errors they capitalised on but at half-time we spoke about sticking to our systems and we implemented that in the second half, and it came to fruition on the scoreboard.  

“It shows a real growth in us and we're just looking to start the first half a lot better than we did against Scarlets.” 

On this weekend’s opposition, he added: “Every team is a threat.  

“Cardiff is a big game for us and we're going down there after a solid week's preparation to get the job done. 


“We've been previewing certain aspects of them. At the start of the week we've been implementing our stuff, but we'll analyse the team and specific players so we know what we're going into as well as implementing what we need to do to get the result.” 

Having been Gregor Townsend’s first-choice on the blindside flank for the Six Nations, Crosbie knows if he can hit the ground running, he stands a good chance of being involved in the summer tour.  

“It's just picking up where I left off,” the Livingston man said.  

“I played well against Wales then picked up a knock. If I'm involved in these games, it's about doing what I do and enjoying it - and with a stronger shoulder.” 

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And he’s happy to play anywhere across the back-row.  

“I'll play anywhere that is going to pay the bills,” Crosbie joked this week.  

“There's not really a preference. It's the same kind of stuff with a different number on your back. I need to learn three roles but there's not too much difference.” 

Edinburgh’s back-row options are among the most impressive in the URC, and that will not be diminished by Magnus Bradbury’s summer return to replace Bristol-bound Bill Mata.  

Crosbie is looking forward to welcoming Bradbury back to the club.  

“I played with him quite a bit when he was here before.  

“He's a good lad. He brings a physicality which is what we like. I'm looking forward to him getting back here.”