Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend thinks the national team could suffer if there are more exiles following Finn Russell – but didn’t hesitate to bring one back into the starting team for Australia as soon as he was ready.
Scotland aren’t joining in the admiration performance against the All Blacks because the Wallabies are in town and they know what went wrong, says Huw Jones.
Ben Toolis admitted it felt “a little strange” to be playing against Australia, but not as good as it felt to beat them.
Jamie Bhatti could have still been in the slaughterhouse or in the police, but instead he seems likely to line up against Australia for Scotland for his first start in this weekend’s third Autumn Test.
Scotland don’t have challenges from their ever-growing injury list, only opportunities, believes assistant coach Dan McFarland.
In these days where the golfing “close season” amounts to just four days, it barely gives your poor columnist any time to stop and take stock.
It seems harsh in the circumstances – incredibly harsh – but the fact remains. Glorious failure is still failure.
As we note elsewhere, with a 60-40 possession advantage and similarly favoured 65 to 35 in territory, plus 17 possessions inside the New Zealand 22, Scotland probably should have won the Autumn Test against New Zealand.
It will be “easy” to replicate the atmosphere inside Murrayfield as Scotland look to close their Autumn Test series with victory over Australia, believes scrum-half Ali Price.
Glasgow Warriors fans got the news they were dreading with the club confirming that Scotland stand-off Finn Russell will be leaving at the end of the season.