Scotland’s Six Nations contingency plan for a deepening of their hooker crisis is three uncapped players with the pecking order yet to be decided, admitted head coach Gregor Townsend.
Edinburgh welcome back two very different players looking to put injury-hit seasons behind them as they face the tough task of Ulster at the Kingspan Stadium on Friday.
The SRU’s Director of Rugby Scott Johnson will depart Murrayfield at the end of the Six Nations to take up a similar post in his native Australia.
Edinburgh’s “collective” can beat the “rock stars” of Toulon a second time, even in their backyard, says up and coming centre Chris Dean.
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.
Edinburgh’s huge improvement under Richard Cockerill has a downside – Scotland’s new demands on his personnel.
Dougie Fife wouldn’t swap a cold Saturday night in Edinburgh in April for the sunshine of the Gold Coast as an indication of how he’s restarted his career.
Scott Johnson, the now departing Director of Rugby at Murrayfield, is very much a Marmite kind of guy - or maybe that should be Vegemite, given he’s an Australian.
The Guinness PRO14 begins the 2018-19 season in bullish mood, confident enough even to project itself as the most successful club competition in European rugby.