Mark Bennett makes his long-awaited return to action and his much-delayed debut for Edinburgh as Richard Cockerill seeks a full five-point bonus victory to keep up the pressure in the Guinness PRO14.
Legacy and how people regard his term in charge are a long way second to an emphatic result for Scotland in Vern Cotter’s last test in charge against Italy at BT Murrayfield tomorrow.
Time was – only about decade ago in fact – we’d be glad to be thrilled to be just competing with the Wallabies. Now defeat to them at Murrayfield this afternoon would actually amount to complete failure.
Stuart Hogg won’t be risked by Glasgow Warriors even off the bench against Leinster as the Scotland full-back’s comeback from injury was postponed for at least another week.
Ryder Cup star Rafael Cabrera Bello stormed through the field in record fashion and then watched the inexperienced Calum Shinkwin unravel at the death to claim the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open title at Dundonald.
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.
After a bogey-free 65, it wasn’t quite what you might have expected Jordan Spieth to say; “I’m prepared for the worst”.
The fledgling European Team Championship being hosted at Gleneagles is a decent stop-gap for what has to remain a regular venue for top class golf.
Sean Lamont has few regrets as he took his leave of rugby at Scotstoun, not even that he couldn’t quite get away from the tacklers on one last gallop down the paddock.
Scotland captain John Barclay will move to Edinburgh Rugby from next season in a move set to be announced next week.