Gregor Townsend likes an adventurous selection – “Toonie Tombola”, when he would find ever more unlikely ways to fashion a team different to his last, was a favourite feature of his days at Glasgow.
Two pairs of local brothers have made it into the Scotland starting line-up that will face the USA this weekend.
Gregor Townsend’s mind fluctuated briefly but he stuck to his plan to give a whole swathe of experienced players the summer off and only two players over 30 years of age will tour with Scotland to Canada, the USA and Argentina in June.
George Horne, maybe the most impactful player in the Scottish domestic game this season, is finally in a Scotland squad, and it’s safe to say it won’t be the last time.
Gregor Townsend had plenty reason to be cheerful following Glasgow’s valedictory European Champions’ Cup victory over Exeter at Scotstoun, but one wonders if he didn’t also realise he’d made a mistake.
Dave Rennie is sure that George Horne will “do as he’s told” with elder brother Peter teaming up as his half back partner for the Glasgow Warriors’ Guinness PRO14 clash with Leinster at Scotstoun tonight.
Glasgow’s disappointments in Europe will help them in the long-term as they re-enter the Guinness PRO14 tonight against new South African visitors Southern Kings, believes Dave Rennie.
The SRU might still roll their eyes when it’s mentioned but any success of the Scotland 7s team will always be related to the fact that they were almost wound up by Murrayfield a year ago.
Captain Scott Riddell’s winning try and youngster George Horne’s brilliant saving tackle lifted Scotland to beat England and retain their Twickenham HSBC World 7s crown on Sunday.
Glasgow Warriors have signed three of Scotland’s best young players for next season as they prepare for a new era under Kiwi coach Dave Rennie.