Gregor Townsend has packed his pack with Edinburgh players and his backline with Glasgow Warriors for Scotland’s Autumn opener against Samoa – but quoted some fairly authoritative precedents for his decisions.
Edinburgh have secured the services of their new British Lion Allan Dell and Namibian lock Anton Bresler for the new season as head coach Richard Cockerill continues to assess the squad.
Three weeks is a small enough sample to be about as accurate as political pollsters these days, but it seems things are taking shape in BT National League One with the old order being overturned.
The look of relief from Lewis Irvine was obvious as he held on to beat Edzell’s Aidan Smith and halt the retreat of the seeds in the Scottish Boys Championship at Scotscraig.
Jordan Spieth had to go to the verge of a complete breakdown in front of millions watching around the world before he surged to claim the Claret Jug in another unforgettable final day of the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.
It will be “easy” to replicate the atmosphere inside Murrayfield as Scotland look to close their Autumn Test series with victory over Australia, believes scrum-half Ali Price.
The nerdy guys in lab coats at Callaway Golf will do anything for Michelle Wie, delving deep into their vaults for whatever she desires, and the result was record-setting in the opening round of the RICOH Women’s British Open at Kingsbarns Links.
London Irish have made their intentions for the European Challenge Cup plain with a notably unders-trength team but Edinburgh are going all out on all front, vowed head coach Richard Cockerill.
Rory McIlroy’s eyes darkened as he recalled the man who blanked him when he asked for an autograph.
George Turner’s last six months have been “amazing”, all the more so because the previous three years were such a nightmare.