Dundonian Alan has played rugby all over the world for various teams including Dundee High School, Heriot's and the Scottish Club International. Now writing from London he covers all issues international and unreported.
With a remit of a Grand Slam in 2016 and winning a World Cup the SRU cannot be accused of lacking ambition, but how does the Union’s finances break down, who is stepping down and what can still improve?
It would be harsh to call full-time 7s in Scotland a failure, as it has only been a year. Yet, would Scotland be better following the Irish model and abandoning 7s? (After the Commonwealth Games, obviously! Don’t panic, Salmond!)
Glasgow have done magnificently to make the Rabo playoffs and Edinburgh surprised everyone, but lets not declare a miracle just yet. There is a long way to go before we proclaim these teams two of the best in Europe.