Stuart Hogg’s “energy and enthusiasm” will give Glasgow Warriors the lift they need to relaunch their European Rugby Champions’ Cup clash with Leinster at Scotstoun on Saturday.
Success for Glasgow under new head coach Dave Rennie is simply winning the Guinness PRO14 – a lofty aim in the Kiwi’s first year at the helm of the Warriors but the only one his team can have, in the coach’s opinion.
Former Scotland coach Vern Cotter and deputy Jonathan Humphreys had joked that they were convinced they would meet up again in next season’s European Rugby Champions’ Cup.
Vern Cotter continued to rebuff any questions about legacy, and but for one tear wiped away on the pitch he kept his emotions pretty much in check as well.
Scotland’s chances of their first Triple Crown since 1990 and their first win at Twickenham since 1983 today edged up slightly with England’s key man Owen Farrell taking no part in their final training session yesterday.
Scotland’s most innovative move of the victory over Ireland was formulated in the mind of forwards coach Jonathan Humphreys, although the sight of backs in the lineout was not a complete surprise.
All the premature praise for being the potentially the best team in two decades is “nice enough” but means nothing to Scotland ahead of the RBS Six Nations, believes assistant coach Jason O’Halloran.
Jason O'Halloran's decision not to accept an invitation to join the British and Irish Lions coaching team appears to have head coach Warren Gatland in a quandary.
Gregor Townsend’s backroom team will follow him from Glasgow Warriors to Scotland while two of the national coaching team will make the return trip when Scottish Rugby’s musical chairs takes hold next June.
The desire to play a more “heads up” game means Ruaridh Jackson will helm the Scottish national team from stand-off for the first time since 2013 in Japan later this month.