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.
Scotland 17 New Zealand 22: Scots fall just short of historic win over All Blacks in Murrayfield epic
Scotland went toe to toe with New Zealand for the full 80 minutes but again were left crushed with disappointment in an epic test match at BT Murrayfield as the All Blacks just held on for the win.
In 112 years, Scotland have tried everything to beat New Zealand short of tripping up their captain, although the present one suspects that might have been the plan nine years ago.
New Zealand finally have enough respect for Scotland to put out as close to a full team as they have for Saturday's second Autumn Test, but Scotland might have accidentally come upon a better team to build their own respect.