A new regime may be in place but the only change has been unexpected for Zander Fagerson as he prepares for his first international tour with Scotland this summer.
Scottish Rugby has surrendered its automatic place in the European Rugby Champions Cup - in the hope that it might get both its teams qualifying.
Jim Hamilton sat in the No 5 booth in the international dressing room at Murrayfield with the European Cup in hands and quite reasonably decided it wasn’t getting any better than this.
Saracens, now the double European champions after Saturday’s thrilling Champions’ Cup Final at BT Murrayfield and perhaps the most successful club side in the world, are a hard team to love, goes the cliché.
Relentless Saracens retained the European Rugby Champions Cup by slowly draining the energy from Clermont-Auvergne and eventually finishing them off in the dying minutes of a pulsating final at BT Murrayfield.
Inspired by their peerless captain Sergio Parisse, Stade Francais finally broke their European trophy duck at the fifth attempt with a dominating victory over Gloucester in the European Challenge Cup Final at BT Murrayfield.
Greig Laidlaw’s had a whirlwind last few days but is confident tonight’s European Challenge Cup Final will see him start to peak in perfect time for the forthcoming Lions Tour.
Gregor Townsend pronounced himself “excited” by a first round draw that saw Scotland paired with Ireland and hosts Japan in Rugby World Cup in 2019.
Scotland have drawn Ireland and hosts Japan in their Group for the Rugby World Cup Finals in the ceremony at Kyoto which marks the start of the countdown to the 2019 tournament.
Gregor Townsend has been quite fortunate with his new jobs since he became a coach.