Well, it’s happening. Even though the pitfalls of 18,000-mile round trips don’t really seem to have been properly examined, the Guinness PRO14, with South African teams now aboard, will kick off as early as next month.
Scotland tore up the record book in a joyous finish to the Autumn Test series with a record victory over a top-tier nation, scoring eight tries in humbling Australia in front of an ecstatic Murrayfield crowd.
Glenalmond 8 Strathallan 52: Brilliant Strathallan too strong for Glenalmond in All-Perthshire Schools Final
Favourites Strathallan School claimed their first Scottish Schools Cup with a hugely impressive all-round display and a record points total overpowering a brave Glenalmond College team at BT Murrayfield.
As we note elsewhere, with a 60-40 possession advantage and similarly favoured 65 to 35 in territory, plus 17 possessions inside the New Zealand 22, Scotland probably should have won the Autumn Test against New Zealand.
Strathallan’s historic Scottish Schools Cup win could just be the start of a progression of success for the Forgandenny school, believes first XV coach Ed Kalman.
Dave Rennie will need every bit of his increased squad when the international programme starts in November but Glasgow’s new head coach is being forced into full use of it already.
Richard Cockerill is “sort of pleased” champions Scarlets are fielding their best possible XV for the visit of his Edinburgh side tonight.
Scotland 17 New Zealand 22: Scots fall just short of historic win over All Blacks in Murrayfield epic
Scotland went toe to toe with New Zealand for the full 80 minutes but again were left crushed with disappointment in an epic test match at BT Murrayfield as the All Blacks just held on for the win.
Tim Visser has seen Scotland break three of their most nagging losing streaks in a year and sees no reason why the biggest of all shouldn’t go the same way in a fortnight.
Finn Russell will step us his game to another level as the unbeaten Glasgow Warriors start their European campaign in Exeter this weekend, believes coach Mike Blair.