That World Rugby found a way to fine and sanction Scottish Rugby – really, chief executive Mark Dodson, as he was the one making the statements in Yokohama a month ago – should surprise no-one.
Rory McIlroy’s 2019 season, by any judgement, has been one of remarkable success.
Gav Scott remembers getting the call in the middle of the night to get on the plane to join the Scotland squad, and he doesn’t think it’ll be any different for those brought in late to Japan.
George Horne “steals” the Glasgow Warriors forwards’ tries, but his team-mate since schooldays Zander Fagerson still forgives him.
Richard Cockerill is clinging to the underdog tag for Edinburgh’s first 1872 Cup with Glasgow this weekend – even if the clear evidence suggests it’s his team that are favourites to ultimately retain the trophy.
The end of “two crap years” has Mark Bennett feeling confident and positive about himself again, and he wants to make a big mark on his old friends at Scotstoun.
Scotland have “done the numbers” on their path to the quarter-finals after Japan’s shock victory over Ireland but won’t go chasing bonuses before games are won, vowed captain Stuart McInally.
There’s always a huge element of `yeah, but what have you done for me lately?’ in sport. My favourite example of this was speaking to an Irish journalist over a beer when he was disparaging the efforts of Padraig Harrington – less than a year after Paddy had won two majors in the same season and become Ireland’s greatest-ever sportsman.
Kenny Murray knows that Stuart Hogg’s defence “maybe isn’t quite as strong as his attack” as he primes the Warriors to take on the Scotland’s full-back in his new home at Exeter this week.
Edinburgh toiled a little at times but got their fourth win of the Guinness PRO14 season ultimately with some comfort in a defensive struggle against Dragons at BT Murrayfield.