The first cut was the slightest, with just four of Gregor Townsend’s extended training squad for the Rugby World Cup returning to their clubs as 40 go on to the four warm-up matches over the next month.
Sam Thomson has been a worldwide wanderer since leaving Glasgow but hopes to have found a home in Edinburgh and has a big chance to set a marker in Coventry tomorrow.
Scotland in Japan: Hamish Watson out of World Cup and Ali Price a doubt as Scots reel from opening defeat
Hamish Watson is out of the Rugby World Cup and AI Price is a significant doubt for the second pool game against Samoa as Scotland’s campaign went from bad to worse yesterday.
World Rugby are scandalously putting Scotland and their fans in harm’s way.
Yes, it was a warm-up. Yes, it was the first real hit-out. Yes, the team on the field could reasonably be said to contain all of the nine players in the squad who won’t even get on the flight to Japan.
Well, if they really needed any idea, Japan beating Samoa in Toyota on Saturday night was a crystal clear exhibition of exactly what Scotland are up against.
DTH van de Merwe was denied his send-off from his distinguished international career by Typhoon Hagibis, but the Canadian wing got a fresh sense of perspective from the aftermath and will take out any remaining frustration for Glasgow’s benefit.
Scottish Rugby will not accept a decision to cancel their pivotal Rugby World Cup pool match against Japan in Yokohama on Saturday and effectively knock them out of the tournament without a major row.
Former Scotland captain John Barclay became the first of the World Cup veterans to call time on his international career yesterday, and in typically personal style.
Chris Harris knows that not everyone will get on the plane to the World Cup, but the big centre’s chances have definitely taken off after he made his mark in Scotland’s resilient 17-14 victory over France.