Glasgow romped into the Guinness PRO14 final with a half-century and seven tries in a semi-final rout of Ulster at Scotstoun last night.
Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend completed his 44-strong Rugby World Cup training squad by selecting Glasgow Warriors’ Scott Cummings and Kyle Steyn to fill the two remaining places.
Saturday’s Guinness PRO14 Final at Celtic Park marks - mercifully - the end of the 2018-19 rugby season.
Townsend wants to see more from Richie Gray, but will give Duncan Taylor every chance to go to Japan
Gregor Townsend will give Saracens centre Duncan Taylor and the uncapped Blade Thomson all the time they need to get up to speed for the Rugby World Cup but hasn’t afforded nearly the same scope to Richie Gray.
Scotland 33 Italy 20: Blair Kinghorn’s hat-trick leads Scots to comfortable and controlled 6 Nations win
Blair Kinghorn scored Scotland’s first 6 Nations hat-trick for 30 years as they comfortably breat Italy to win their opening game of the championship for only the third time.
On the face of it, Scotland’s injury crisis exposed the talent deficit that resulted in Saturday’s 27-10 loss to France in Paris, Scotland’s 11th defeat in a row at the Stade de France.
Zander Fagerson and Fraser Brown could be pitched straight into Scotland’s opening Guinness Six Nations meeting with Italy despite being out injured for several weeks.
Edinburgh are in the happy position of putting out their strongest team every week as they make a last-gasp run for the Guinness PRO14 play-offs and feel they can beat the best team of anyone left in the competition.
Just two weeks ago at Twickenham was evidence that England captain Owen Farrell can be pressurised and thrown off his game, and Sam Johnson is keen to find if the same can be done again.
Scotland need to make a statement at Twickenham today about their under-performance in this year’s Guinness Six Nations, their poor away form AND their dreadful record at English rugby’s HQ, agreed skipper Stuart McInally.