Before the World Cup, Scotland seemed like the most stable of most of the major nations.
Glasgow have brought back the old hands in Ryan Wilson and Alex Dunbar to try and level up the 1872 Cup series at Scotstoun with Dave Rennie promising “the detail” missing at Murrayfield will return.
New words and phrases enter the sporting lexicon all the time, and the media can’t help but reflect this.
Glasgow have stuck to the plan despite their 1872 Cup reverses and will give opportunities to all this week in Italy as they seek to build for two crucial European dates.
Head coach Dave Rennie believes Glasgow are still “in a pretty good place” despite the departure of Stuart Hogg and the hurt at losing a tight Guinness PRO14 final to Leinster still so acute.
Eight changes from the team that romped to Glasgow’s biggest-ever win in France won’t “weaken us at all” for the return game at Scotstoun, believes Warriors head coach Dave Rennie.
Glasgow Warriors fans got a welcome Christmas present to at least partially make up for the 1872 Cup loss at Murrayfield with the news that Scotland centre Huw Jones has agreed a two-year deal to stay with the club.
Glasgow Warriors have to ensure that Saturday’s second successive defeat to Edinburgh doesn’t become the same sort of season-defining reverse as last year’s Heineken Cup loss to Leinster.
DTH van der Merwe and Stuart Hogg shared the backfield for Glasgow scores of times over nine years, so they have a fair idea of how to wind each other up now they’ll be on differing sides next week.
Richard Cockerill still won’t relinquish tag of underdogs going into the second game of the 1872 Cup despite Edinburgh’s reasonably comprehensive win in Saturday night’s opener and the growing evidence that they have the number of the Glasgow Warriors.