Dundee HSFP's chance of a top three place just about ended when their depleted side lost to champions Currie last week, making the visit of Hawick this week largely about pride.
Edinburgh Rugby have appointed South African Alan Solomons as their new head coach, the club have confirmed.
Dundee High have put themselves into position to win a prized British and Irish Cup place but need the consistency away from Mayfield to confirm it.
Clermont boss Vern Cotter will remain at the Top 14 club for next season and take up his role as Scotland head coach in June 2014, the French club have confirmed.
The pyrotechnics of 19 minutes of free-running rugby brought Scotland's last triumph in Paris in 1999. But if the drought in the Stade de France is to end today then it's only likely to be achieved by Andy Robinson's preferred route-one point, at least, better than the opposition.
The pessimistic nature of everything in Scottish rugby makes it difficult to gauge where the two professional teams are as the slog through a difficult 2010-11 season reaches the end.
Geoff Cross' last start as a Scotland player ended ignominiously with him out cold on a stretcher and being shown the yellow card, but the Edinburgh prop has had an attack of realism to play only to his acknowledged strengths against Italy in the Six Nations wooden-spoon decider at Murrayfield on Saturday.
One of Scotland's most promising young rugby talents has been snatched up by a French top 14 club, raising further doubts about the cash-strapped Scottish professional teams' ability to compete at the top level.
Rumours of a power struggle for control of the direction of Scottish Rugby, with under-fire chief executive Gordon McKie at the centre, have heightened despite attempts from Murrayfield to play down a hastily-called meeting of the board that runs the game in Scotland.
Edinburgh need to stop the power game of Northampton at Murrayfield on Saturday afternoon if they are to achieve the win necessary to keep them in the Heineken Cup, believes head coach Rob Moffat.