Stuart Hogg’s innocuous ankle injury has resulted in surgery and the Scotland and British Lions full-back is out for a lengthy period including the four November tests.
A year ago, pegged out and gasping for air in the in-goal area at the Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein, Callum Gibbins confirmed his arrival in the affections of Glasgow Warriors fans.
Edinburgh took a mighty step towards the Heineken Champions’ Cup quarter-finals by comfortably beating Newcastle Falcons in their backyard and seizing control at the top of Pool 5.
For all that we’ve undeniably been left wanting just a little more, on the face of it Scotland’s professional rugby season has been a historic success.
George Horne’s rise from mere fringe potential to first choice scrum-half for Glasgow has been no real surprise for Dave Rennie.
Richard Cockerill doesn’t think he’s made much of a difference to Edinburgh in 14 months, so wonders how much Dan McFarland can do in two weeks with Ulster.
What really is there to do in this bleak winter hinterland between New Year and Easter? Veganuary or even, horror, Dry January? Valentine’s Day? St Patrick’s Day maybe?
Wales won the inaugural Doddie Weir Cup in Cardiff with something to spare, but it was their defence blunting Scotland’s attempts to break them down that was the decisive factor at the Principality Stadium.
Jamie Bhatti has agreed a new deal to stay another season at the Glasgow Warriors after a “whirlwind” first full professional season.
An open running game is “in the genetics” of the Scotland team now, believes Greig Laidlaw, but we’re likely to see a sanitised version of the all-signing, all-dancing Scotland as they return to BT Murrayfield after a seven-month gap.