If you’re not going forwards, you’re going backwards goes the adage-become-cliché, and if you hold fast to it then Scotland unquestionably regressed this November.
The internet concoction of captain Greig Laidlaw controlling “toddlers” Finn Russell and Adam Hastings on baby reins tickled the Scotland squad so much that they’ve effectively adopted it, but there’s a serious business behind it all.
It’s a radical change that doesn’t even seem to have been on the agenda a few weeks ago, but Gregor Townsend indicated that a midfield combination of Adam Hastings and Finn Russell could take Scotland into the Six Nations.
Gregor Townsend has challenged Finn Russell and Adam Hastings to prove they can work together against Argentina if they want to spearhead Scotland’s Six Nations assault.
Apologies to Andy Robinson, but if he is a little smug at still being the last Scotland head coach to plot victory over the Springboks in the wake of Saturday’s 26-20 loss at Murrayfield, he’s on his own.
Finn Russell’s determination to ingrain himself in Paris culture is laudable, but it could still use a little work.
Finn Russell has always been able to do more than just talk a good game but the Scotland stand-off believes he has reached new levels since overcoming the language barriers at Racing 92.
Adam Hastings would like to see Scotland take a leaf out of Eddie Jones’ England play-book by pairing him alongside Finn Russell.
An open running game is “in the genetics” of the Scotland team now, believes Greig Laidlaw, but we’re likely to see a sanitised version of the all-signing, all-dancing Scotland as they return to BT Murrayfield after a seven-month gap.
Finn Russell has always had the flair to light up a match but Mike Blair believes the Scotland playmaker now has the patience to control an entire 80 minutes.