Edinburgh have secured the services of their new British Lion Allan Dell and Namibian lock Anton Bresler for the new season as head coach Richard Cockerill continues to assess the squad.
Those Lions enthusiasts who let their devotion get the better of them will no doubt treasure the admittedly wonderful try their team scored in the first test as they clutch at the few straws available.
Just in case we forgot, it’s still Scotland.
Where to start on a tumultuous 12 hours for the British and Irish Lions?
A team in dark blue, led on by a bagpiper, wielding a claymore instead of performing a haka, and Stuart Hogg already on his way home? The Highlanders were certainly testing remaining Scottish favours for the Lions in Dunedin this morning.
All in all, Scotland’s transition from Vern Cotter to Gregor Townsend could hardly have been more seamless against Italy in sweaty Singapore.
Former Scotland coach Vern Cotter and deputy Jonathan Humphreys had joked that they were convinced they would meet up again in next season’s European Rugby Champions’ Cup.
Glasgow Warriors have added another lock in Kiran McDonald and retained Ratu Tagive for a second season as the new squad for incoming coach Dave Rennie continues to take shape.
They were three days off a 36 hour flight. They are by nature a select side formed on the training field at a fortnight’s notice. The referee was an unabashed homer.
The Lions in New Zealand in 2017 are an entirely different animal to the last touring team to the self-proclaimed “spiritual home of rugby”. The odd thing is, for different reasons, they may end up being exactly the same.