Ben Toolis may still have to wait for his chance to make up for his nightmare first cap but the big second row will be ready when the call does come.
Scotland Rugby Team
Scotland are preparing for the new rugby tackle laws and potentially playing parts of games short-handed in the forthcoming Six Nations, says defence coach Matt Taylor.
Scotland can take the swagger of Glasgow’s thrashing of Leicester into the Six Nations beginning next week against Ireland, believes Stuart Hogg.
Scotland tight-head WP Nel is out of the Six Nations and probably British and Irish Lions contention after a scan found damage to a disc in his neck.
WP Nel’s career could be on the line in the next 24 hours as the Scotland prop awaits another scan on a neck injury that seems set to force him to miss the RBS Six Nations and the rest of the season.
After a reasonably successful 2016, most Scotland fans would have been thinking three Six Nations wins in 2017 marked a reasonable further advance on the national team's steady growth.
Outgoing Scotland head coach Vern Cotter admits the team face a “brutal” RBS Six Nations as he shuffles a squad missing key men and with others desperately short on games.
Scotland prop WP Nel is in doubt for the RBS Six Nations despite having just had three months rest and could be pulled out of the squad named by head coach Vern Cotter at Murrayfield this morning.
Gregor Townsend said the offer to be an assistant coach with the British and Irish Lions “threw him a bit” and he took a couple of days before telling Warren Gatland that he wouldn’t be going to New Zealand.
The Six Nations will introduce a bonus points system at long last “to reward try-scoring and attacking play”, trialling the most common system in rugby for the 2017 Championship.