Hamish Watson felt the whole rollercoaster of emotions from despair to relief to frustration in the last two months but the all-action flanker is now back for Edinburgh and for Scotland.
Jamie Ritchie admitted he was worried if he’d ever make it to Japan when he suffered an eleventh-hour injury, but is now determined to make a difference for a squad low on morale after the defeat to Ireland.
I don't believe - and I'm unhealthily interested by these things - that there's a more well-ordered, well-run public transportation system on the planet than that of Japan. It's almost a national obsession.
Scotland in Japan: Ali Price joins Watson on the flight home as fallout from Irish debacle continues
The damage from Scotland’s 27-3 humiliation to Ireland in the opening Rugby World Cup game has become as much physical as mental with Ali Price joining Hamish Watson on a flight back home.
An emotional Stuart McInally insisted no-one was feeling the hurt of Scotland’s opening World Cup disaster more than the players and management, but that they’d seen and understood the hostile reaction to their performance from the public back home.
Scotland in Japan: Hamish Watson out of World Cup and Ali Price a doubt as Scots reel from opening defeat
Hamish Watson is out of the Rugby World Cup and AI Price is a significant doubt for the second pool game against Samoa as Scotland’s campaign went from bad to worse yesterday.
Gregor Townsend believes his squad can rebound from their abject display in the opening Rugby World Cup game with Ireland but the head coach admitted they were searching for answers to why the Scots flopped so badly on their opening night.
John Barclay is happy to back at the World Cup and part of a back row trio that is “an area of strength” for Scotland.
Jamie Ritchie has been earmarked for a Scotland shirt for so long – captain of age-group teams all the way up, professional debut at just 17 – it should be almost natural that he makes the Rugby World Cup squad at his first attempt, but it still seems a rapid rise.
Gregor Townsend still looked a little dissatisfied in the aftermath of the 17-14 victory over France that finally got some momentum into their preparation for the Rugby World Cup in Japan, but it wasn’t because his team hadn’t put on a circus act.