Nice in high summer is not the same as Paris in the spring, conceded Scotland assistant coach Danny Wilson, but that doesn’t mean that Scotland aren’t prepared for a fully-fledged test match on the French Riviera tonight.
Duncan Taylor’s readiness for a World Cup after two years missing from Scotland duty faces a real acid test on the French Riviera on Saturday night as Gregor Townsend’s first team of the elongated campaign as unveiled yesterday.
Sam Johnston had Adam Hastings as “my little servant” for a spell in Scotland camp after an accidental collision but the Glasgow centre’s World Cup involvement in brief doubt, but the Twickenham hero should make the plane to Japan easily.
The first cut was the slightest, with just four of Gregor Townsend’s extended training squad for the Rugby World Cup returning to their clubs as 40 go on to the four warm-up matches over the next month.
Finn Russell may be among the more experienced members of the Scotland squad going into the Rugby World Cup but if you think that maturity will cause him to go to a more conservative style…think again.