Edinburgh will need to wait until next week for a full wave of their Scotland stars to return to duty with national captain Stuart McInally not due back until the end of this month.
Scotland in 2023, at the next World Cup, will have vast experience in some positions. Stuart Hogg and Finn Russell will be 31. Hoggy should be the most capped Scottish player ever by then, and probably the record try-scorer as well.
Japan’s monumental victory over Ireland in Shizuoka on Saturday exploded a bomb underneath Pool A and at first glance made Scotland’s potential progress to the quarter-finals much more difficult – even, in some people’s view, “essentially eliminated” them.
Bronte Law's part in the Solheim Cup Glory at Gleneagles might go missing because of what happened moments later with Suzann Pettersen on the 18th, but it shouldn't.
Calum Hill didn’t get the actual first prize in the Aberdeen Standards Investments Scottish Open qualifier at Longniddry, but he got the prize he felt counted most.
Gregor Townsend is hoping that he’ll have serious selection questions bothering him after the first Guinness 6 Nations match as the indications were it was all too convenient as he named the team to play Italy.
The Official World Golf Rankings have many, many faults, but as a method of working out the labyrinthic machinations of the game at the elite level, they're probably the best we can hope for.
Juan Pablo Socino thought his days as Puma were gone, but if he keeps playing a major role for Edinburgh he can plot a way back into his national side.
Jim Furyk’s concession to the Europeans was strangely familiar to many that were at the last, infamous press conference for a losing USA Ryder Cup team four years ago at Gleneagles…but Phil Mickelson was strictly on-message this time.
Short of taking on the Brexit negotiations – and he’s not free for that – there seems to be nothing that Paul McGinley isn’t doing at the moment.