Scotland has lost big personalities, big talents and big leaders among their 6 Nations casualties, but Sean Maitland expects those remaining to fill the gap in all three ways against France in Paris.
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How are we all bearing up? Therapy sessions booked? Need a group hug?
Scotland didn’t even have time to call on Kate Humble or Chris Packham as the “Finn Watch” ended less than 24 hours after it started and the star stand-off was ruled out of Scotland’s Guinness 6 Nations match against France in Paris.
Replacing Finn Russell at 10 against France is nothing new for Peter Horne, and he’ll be ready to step in a late notice again if required.
The “Finn Watch” begins as star stand-off reports for Scotland training cap despite concussion fears
The “Finn Watch” will last all week at the Scotland Six Nations training camp with the star stand-off’s place in Saturday’s game against France in Paris on a knife-edge.
The wind that swirls around the bowl of BT Murrayfield could be to Scotland’s advantage today in their Guinness 6 Nations clash with Ireland, if it’s as strong as forecast.
Scotland defence coach Matt Taylor will complete his current contract and stay until 2021 despite reported interest that he should join Australia’s coaching team under Michael Cheika.
Hat-trick hero Blair Kinghorn made Gregor Townsend and his assistants go for an extra day before making their final decision on selection, but they’ve stuck with the advance plan and the Edinburgh youngster drops to the bench for Saturday’s meeting with Ireland at Murrayfield.
The only precedent for Scotland to drop a man of the match in an international dates back to 2001, when Gordon Ross scored 23 points in a 43-20 win over Tonga, and then didn’t see a Scotland shirt for a whole year.
Blair Kinghorn may have scored Scotland's first Six Nations hat-trick against Italy last weekend but he's still dropped to the bench for the game against Ireland on Saturday.