Time moves along pretty quickly in rugby. Just over a year ago, we thought we had our World Cup XV, the players who would take us at least to the quarter-finals here in Japan.
Danny Wilson’s looking forward to the end of the “nice fluffy time” in Scotland’s World Cup preparations when players can start knocking lumps out of each other.
Greig Laidlaw finally confirmed last week what many of us had suspected since his emotional rendering of the anthem in the RWC warm-up game against France in August.
Greig Laidlaw got as excited as his first cap when he heard his name read out as a starter for the opening game which will be “for sure” his last World Cup.
A disjointed, indisciplined 1872 Cup derby that saw five yellow cards finally sprung to life in the final 15 minutes with Glasgow left standing – only barely – for a narrow victory.
George Horne’s already in the history books as the first Scottish scrum-half to score a hat-trick in an international game but one gets the impression this is only the beginning.
Being sent to Coventry means going back home for Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill as he leads Edinburgh into the Wasps’ nest expecting a full-on effort from the Premiership strugglers.
Sam Johnston had Adam Hastings as “my little servant” for a spell in Scotland camp after an accidental collision but the Glasgow centre’s World Cup involvement in brief doubt, but the Twickenham hero should make the plane to Japan easily.
How creative can Scotland be to protect precious energy in the short turnaround between the two remaining games of their Rugby World Cup pool?
Scotland 36 Georgia 9: Jamie Ritchie a doubt for Japan as sloppy Scots still score six tries in Japan farewell
Scotland back rower Jamie Ritchie was having a facial injury checked in hospital last night with his chances of making the plane for the Rugby World Cup in doubt as Scotland comfortably won their final warm-up game against Georgia.