Needing a recharge after the Rugby World Cup in Japan, George Horne went back to his roots.
Now that the time-clock is back to normal, two weeks have passed since Scotland tumbled out of the tournament, and even I’m getting tired of being a Japan bore, it’s maybe time for a grounded view of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Duncan Hodge has seen and coached Mark Bennett and Matt Scott at every level from when they were schoolboys right up to the Rugby World Cup, so he’s as enthused as anyone about seeing them back to their best form.
DTH van de Merwe was denied his send-off from his distinguished international career by Typhoon Hagibis, but the Canadian wing got a fresh sense of perspective from the aftermath and will take out any remaining frustration for Glasgow’s benefit.
Scotland’s 2018 European Tour season, as we detailed a year ago at this time, was pretty much a disaster narrowly avoided.
Glasgow will drip-feed their returning international players back into the team over the next fortnight to boost their ailing PRO14 campaign – but the frustration remains that they haven’t made the most of their absence, says assistant coach Kenny Murray.