When Josh Strauss got the call from Gregor Townsend in October telling him he wasn’t in the Autumn Tests squad, the big No 8 still didn’t think his third selection snub in a row meant the end.
The High School of Dundee’s Under-16 team are heading to the big pitch at BT Murrayfield after they impressively won their semi-final of the Scottish Schools Cup away at Fettes College in Edinburgh.
It’s a radical change that doesn’t even seem to have been on the agenda a few weeks ago, but Gregor Townsend indicated that a midfield combination of Adam Hastings and Finn Russell could take Scotland into the Six Nations.
Just before the Autumn Tests got underway across Europe, World Rugby called a meeting of head coaches in Dublin to go over the annual fine-tuning of the laws.
Scotland may have lit up Murrayfield with their first try against South Africa on Saturday, but it was the second one that required proper research and development, according to Grant Gilchrist.
Stuart Hogg is on target to play against Argentina in the final Autumn Test despite the fact it was his recently-operated ankle he injured during Saturday’s loss to South Africa.
Scotland desperately want to sign off the Autumn Test series with a win against Argentina or risk losing momentum over the winter heading into next year’s Six Nations.
Apologies to Andy Robinson, but if he is a little smug at still being the last Scotland head coach to plot victory over the Springboks in the wake of Saturday’s 26-20 loss at Murrayfield, he’s on his own.
South African stand-off Handre Pollard’s 18 points and the physical power of the Springbok pack were enough to hand Scotland their first defeat at Murrayfield in 2018 but there was definitely a feeling of missed opportunity for the home side.
Scotland will take the game to South Africa and seek to impose their pace game on the Springboks to maintain their proud record at BT Murrayfield, says skipper Greig Laidlaw.