Gregor Townsend knows the Scots likely to get calls to join the British and Irish Lions if injuries befall then in New Zealand – and they’ll go with new Scotland head coach’s full blessing.
Scotland suffered a major blow ahead of their summer tour to Australia, Singapore and Fiji with the withdrawl of lock Richie Gray.
The SRU might still roll their eyes when it’s mentioned but any success of the Scotland 7s team will always be related to the fact that they were almost wound up by Murrayfield a year ago.
Captain Scott Riddell’s winning try and youngster George Horne’s brilliant saving tackle lifted Scotland to beat England and retain their Twickenham HSBC World 7s crown on Sunday.
A new regime may be in place but the only change has been unexpected for Zander Fagerson as he prepares for his first international tour with Scotland this summer.
Scottish Rugby has surrendered its automatic place in the European Rugby Champions Cup - in the hope that it might get both its teams qualifying.
Jim Hamilton sat in the No 5 booth in the international dressing room at Murrayfield with the European Cup in hands and quite reasonably decided it wasn’t getting any better than this.
Saracens, now the double European champions after Saturday’s thrilling Champions’ Cup Final at BT Murrayfield and perhaps the most successful club side in the world, are a hard team to love, goes the cliché.
Relentless Saracens retained the European Rugby Champions Cup by slowly draining the energy from Clermont-Auvergne and eventually finishing them off in the dying minutes of a pulsating final at BT Murrayfield.
Inspired by their peerless captain Sergio Parisse, Stade Francais finally broke their European trophy duck at the fifth attempt with a dominating victory over Gloucester in the European Challenge Cup Final at BT Murrayfield.