Alasdair Dickinson is from the same school but a different generation to Zander Fagerson, and the old stager is relishing his direct clash with the wonderkid in the Boxing Day 1872 Cup clash.
Scotland tight-head WP Nel is out of the Six Nations and probably British and Irish Lions contention after a scan found damage to a disc in his neck.
After a reasonably successful 2016, most Scotland fans would have been thinking three Six Nations wins in 2017 marked a reasonable further advance on the national team's steady growth.
The obvious cliché for the Glasgow Warriors’ incredible 43-0 decimation of one of Europe’s proudest clubs in their citadel on Saturday is that this was an era-defining triumph.
Rob Harley doesn’t need a change a thing filling in at second row for the Glasgow Warriors over the next three weeks as pressure mounts on head coach Gregor Townsend’s selections.
Glasgow assistant coach Matt Taylor thinks the Warriors’ defensive performance was ten per cent off against Munster last week – with even skipper Jonny Gray missing a tackle - and will need to be near perfect if they are to get the win over Leicester they need for a European Cup quarter-final place.
Gregor Townsend said the offer to be an assistant coach with the British and Irish Lions “threw him a bit” and he took a couple of days before telling Warren Gatland that he wouldn’t be going to New Zealand.
The Glasgow Warriors produced a trademark second-half surge and moved back into the play-off spots in the Guinness PRO12 with a bonus point victory over the Cardiff Blues at Scotstoun.
Ian Keatley’s late drop goal consigned Glasgow to their third consecutive defeat in the Guinness PRO12 as Munster became the third team to beat the Warriors at Scotstoun this season.
A controversial yellow card against Glasgow’s Stuart Hogg late in the game allowed Munster to snatch victory and in all probability top place in Pool One of the European Champions Cup at Scotstoun.