Where to start on a tumultuous 12 hours for the British and Irish Lions?
Played two, won two. Not a bad tour so far.
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.
Maybe it was just lack of preparation. Maybe it was the cavalry Warren Gatland had held in reserve for this, the best team outside the All Blacks the Lions will play.
Edinburgh’s long-rumoured pursuit of Bath’s New Zealand-born centre Robbie Fruean ended in success with the 28-year-old signing on a two-year deal.
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.
If the Tour from Hell was 2005, what do we call 2017?
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.