Magnus Bradbury had eight or nine days off after the “mental rollercoaster” that was his Rugby World Cup experience, but even that was too long for the big back rower.
Scotland can expect to come off against Russia to waiting ice-baths, “recovery skins”, supplements and every form of science to help them recover for Japan four days later.
Time moves along pretty quickly in rugby. Just over a year ago, we thought we had our World Cup XV, the players who would take us at least to the quarter-finals here in Japan.
Scotland have made four changes in addition to the one enforced by Hamish Watson’s injury and Gregor Townsend senses that the team are set to bounce back from the crushing disappointment of the defeat to Ireland.
Scotland have made four changes in addition to the one forced by the absence of Hamish Watson for the second Rugby World Cup pool game against Samoa on Monday.
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: 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.
Scotland’s World Cup hopes have suffered a third major blow in as many days after scrum-half Ali Price was ruled out for the remainder of the tournament.
Magnus Bradbury has been backed to fill Hamish Watson’s shoes for Scotland – but there could be further injury woe for Gregor Townsend as the Dark Blues sweat on Ali Price.
Scotland have suffered a fresh blow to their World Cup hopes after flanker Hamish Watson was ruled out for the rest of the tournament.