It’s only six years since Gregor Townsend feared that he and Stuart Hogg “might not work together as player and coach” but now the electric full-back, Scotland’s high-profile player in modern times, is also the national team’s captain.
Edinburgh’s new strength in depth allows them to put a full-strength three-quarter line and a formidable, all international back row as they head for the pivotal game of their European Challenge Cup pool in Bordeaux.
The four senior executives with Scottish Rugby had their pay double last year – with the top paid executive, almost certain to be controversial CEO Mark Dodson, raking in nearly £1 million.
Stuart Hogg will captain Scotland in the 2019 Guinness Six Nations Championship as Gregor Townsend announced a squad that represented at least a partial changing of the guard after the disappointment of the World Cup in Japan.
Scotland have moved on from the World Cup but despite as many as six uncapped players in the 38-strong preliminary squad for the 2020 Guinness Six Nations, it seems to be an evolutionary change rather than a clearout.
Dave Rennie is a maths teacher to trade and even he’s having a little trouble determining what needs to happen to get Glasgow into the last eight of the Heineken Champions Cup, but at least the Warriors know what they have to do to even start the calculations.
I’ll begin this column about Mark Dodson, the SRU’s chief executive, the same way as I did the last one - it may be an unpopular view, but I think he’s done a pretty good job in his eight years at Murrayfield.
The European Tour season has been underway for some time now, but we all know the truly serious business starts this week in Abu Dhabi.
Prolific wing Duhan van der Merwe failed his medical when he moved to Edinburgh, but it’s all worked out better than the club or the player could have hoped.
George Horne has learned much from Greig Laidlaw, but it’s the learning on the pitch itself that really counts, believes the Glasgow and Scotland scrum-half.