Andy Robinson's options for the Six Nations have taken a significant blow with Scotland prop Moray Low being ruled out for eight weeks with ligament damage.
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.
Promotion has long been in the bag and it's just a question of the cherry on the cake for Stirling County as they aim to secure the Premier Two title at Hartreemill on the hills by Biggar.
An apology if any impression might have been given that Scotland in 2011 might possibly be a more resilient team, imbued with self-belief and unshakeable sense of purpose, then Saturday's meek capitulation to Wales at Murrayfield proved that was wholly misleading.
An Angus rugby team have won new kits and will now compete for the chance to train with the Auld Enemy.
Scotland defence coach Graeme Steadman gave the clearest hint yet that Ruaridh Jackson will continue in the play-making role against England in the Calcutta Cup at Twickenham on Sunday by underlining the importance that the 23-year-old "gets another chance."
The first wooden spoon decider of the final 6 Nations weekend went the way of the Italians at Bridgehaugh as five missed penalty kicks meant Scotland Under-20 narrowly lost out in a scrappy contest.
Doing your training in the bar is one of rugby"s oldest jokes but for Strathmore RFC it was the truth as they battled through a rough winter to maintain their promotion challenge and get the huge bonus of a trip to Finals Day at Murrayfield.
The Stade de France is Dan Park's favourite stadium to play in, but he wants to leave the vast stadium in the north of Paris with a first victory in his fourth match there when Scotland open their RBS Six Nations campaign against France on Saturday.
Three key players have signed new terms with Edinburgh and main sponsor Aberdeen Asset Management have extended their deal with the club, but there is still no news of a decision on a contract deal with former captain Ally Hogg.