The memories of sitting at home injured watching the games in the 2015 are still painful, but Stuart McInally knows it was ultimately for the best as he prepares to lead Scotland in Japan 2019.
Gregor Townsend picked “more than one squad a day” over the last two months but believes the 31 he’s picked to take to Japan “will never have been in a better position” to be the best Scotland have taken to the Rugby World Cup.
"It just doesn’t feel right" appears to be the most significant argument one hears about golf’s new, quick-hit, four-month “high-season”.
He’s not really the reckless, “all-in” gambler that he’s sometimes painted, but there’s no question Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend is not shy of making a gut decision.
Scotland finished their tricky Tbilisi road-trip without damage – physical or mental – and a confidence building five-try win over Georgia.
Scotland are relishing a hostile atmosphere in The Lelos' Lair in Tbilisi tonight – as much for the practice it’ll give them before others to come, says prop Allan Dell.
Scotland will field a strong side as the first major rugby nation to play Georgia in Tbilisi but it is a final eliminator for some for the World Cup after all.
You shouldn’t mistake Finn Russell’s relaxed vibe for a lack of focus, he warns as he leads Scotland into the kind of away challenge they’ve struggled to deal with Georgia this weekend.