Greig Laidlaw has seen everything now in his 76 caps for Scotland, including captaining his country at the Rugby World Cup for the second time in strained circumstances in Yokohama this weekend.
Gregor Townsend laughed when he heard opposite number Jamie Joseph claiming Japan were more driven and seeking history while Scotland were just seeking to avoid embarrassment if Sunday’s big Rugby World Cup clash is played in Yokohama.
The classy thing for World Rugby to do after Mark Dodson called them out for their intransigence and downright incompetence in Yokohama yesterday would have been to keep their mouths shut, and just made the SRU CEO’s words hang uselessly on the winds of Typhoon Hagibis.
Scotland in Japan: SRU CEO Mark Dodson appeals to court of public opinion as World Rugby stand firm on cancellation threat
Scotland’s hopes of forcing World Rugby to play their pivotal Rugby World Cup game against Japan on Sunday appear to be floundering despite Scottish Rugby CEO Mark Dodson claiming “in the court of public opinion, we’ve already won” the case to have the game not cancelled.
Scotland's squad captain Stuart McInally is the surprise omission from Gregor Townsend's team to take on Japan in the Rugby World Cup in Yokohama on Sunday - if the game goes ahead at all.
Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend continues to have faith the crunch match with Japan will take place on Sunday in Yokohama when Typhoon Hagibis will have blown through and calm weather is expected.
Scottish Rugby will not accept a decision to cancel their pivotal Rugby World Cup pool match against Japan in Yokohama on Saturday and effectively knock them out of the tournament without a major row.
World Rugby are scandalously putting Scotland and their fans in harm’s way.
It’s difficult to know exactly how to rate Scotland’s 61-point beanfeast against Russia, which ended up nine tries going on eleven.
George Horne’s already in the history books as the first Scottish scrum-half to score a hat-trick in an international game but one gets the impression this is only the beginning.