Sean Maitland has returned to a younger Scotland squad but he’s not prepared to give up the shirt just yet.
Autumn Tests 2018
Josh Strauss believes his old friend and team-mate Leone Nakarawa is the best player he’s ever played with or against – and Fiji have many more just like him in their squad for Saturday’s Autumn Test.
Huw Jones has had “phenomenal moments” in a Scotland shirt and will bounce back from Saturday’s defensive lapses – some of which were not even entirely his fault, stressed Tommy Seymour.
It looked pretty conclusive on the scoreboard but Saturday’s inaugural Doddie Weir Cup in Cardiff was being spun as an opportunity missed by the Scotland coaching team and players.
There was no mistaking it; empty seats high the rafters of the Principality Stadium, a sort of unreal atmosphere, and the half-hearted cheer when Wales won the first of a series of early, kickable penalties for needless Scottish offences.
Scotland have to been more clinical and better disciplined or they’ll be punished by “the Brazil of rugby” at BT Murrayfield next week, believes head coach Gregor Townsend.
Wales won the inaugural Doddie Weir Cup in Cardiff with something to spare, but it was their defence blunting Scotland’s attempts to break them down that was the decisive factor at the Principality Stadium.
All international rugby matters, we are assured; there are no such things as friendlies in our game. Well, today just may be an exception.
The Principality Stadium with the roof closed is unique in world rugby, believes Hamish Watson, but the Scots have to go there tomorrow for the inaugural Doddie Weir Cup game prepared for it.
Adam Hastings is not a replacement for Finn Russell, but a genuine rival for the Scotland No 10 shirt, and he’ll get ample opportunity to prove it during the Autumn Tests.