Glasgow Warriors will play a pre-season match this summer at Perth’s North Inch in a custom-built temporary stadium to seat 5000.
Edinburgh and Scotland suffered a blow for next season - still four months away - with the news that John Barclay has been ruled out of action for six months.
For all that we’ve undeniably been left wanting just a little more, on the face of it Scotland’s professional rugby season has been a historic success.
Finn Russell’s exit from Scotstoun was supposed to be in glory, basking in the applause of the 10,000 fans at the Guinness PRO14 semi-final on Friday, many of them the new Warriors faithful he did a great deal to create.
A season that started with 10 successive wins fizzled out in abject fashion for the Glasgow Warriors as they were comfortably outclassed and beaten the Guinness PRO14 semi-final by champions Scarlets.
Dave Rennie wants Finn Russell to “relax and do the obvious” in what is his final game at Scotstoun but Glasgow hopes will just be the penultimate in a Warriors jersey.
John Barclay’s close friend Ryan Wilson is “the heartbeat” of the Glasgow Warriors, but the Scotland captain plans to leave him brokenhearted at the end of tomorrow’s Guinness PRO14 semi-final at Scotstoun.
Glasgow will need their “best game of the season” to beat Scarlets in Friday’s Guinness PRO14 semi-final, because they can be sure the champions will play theirs, believes Tommy Seymour.
Scotland hooker Scott Lawson will retire from playing after a distinguished career both sides of the border at the end of the season and will be the new Director of Rugby at the University of St Andrews.
Gregor Townsend’s mind fluctuated briefly but he stuck to his plan to give a whole swathe of experienced players the summer off and only two players over 30 years of age will tour with Scotland to Canada, the USA and Argentina in June.