Scott Johnson thinks Geoff Cross is “right up my alley” as a person and has no doubts about pulling the thoughtful Edinburgh prop into the Scotland team as the only change for the third match of the RBS Six Nations against Ireland.
Tim Visser and Sean Maitland are bringing a bit of un-Scottish positivity to the national team, believes the Dutch-born winger.
Dundee HSFP head coach Ian Rankin is to step down from his post at the end of the season and seek election as vice-president of the Scottish Rugby Union.
Ireland were finally offered some respite from their injury crisis with the expectation that Brian O’Driscoll and Sean O’Brien will be fit to face Scotland.
Scotland will need to up their game from their Italy victory to beat even a weakened Ireland in the RBS Six Nations on Sunday, believes specialist coach Duncan Hodge.
Former Scotland star David Hilton has backed Andy Robinson to propel sleeping giants Bristol back to the big time.
Jon Welsh is a late contender to be the only change to the Scotland team to take on Ireland in the third match of the 2013 RBS Six Nations on Sunday.
Mike Blair has warned that Ireland will provide Scotland with the acid test to their progress under interim head coach Scott Johnson when the Six Nations resumes at Murrayfield next weekend.
Stuart Hogg and Matt Scott “gambled” and won for the key tries that won Scotland’s first 6 Nations game for two years and put them in at the heart of this year’s championship.
Having seen the problem he knew was there close-up, Dean Ryan is in no doubt that today’s RBS 6 Nations match with Italy will be a watershed for Scotland.