Scotland have won well on their summer tour, but with more heat and more organised opposition in Samoa should there be tactical changes?
Bodies will be scorched and sore today, but Scotland and Fiji played out an entertaining match. More so than that, though, it is a game that means a lot to the Pacific Islands and their rugby.
The selections are yet to be announced, but maybe Scotland will go in for the kill rather than risk results in the hands of young players. Such a move would certainly help Andy Robinson’s cause.
With a lot of injuries and a fair few bolters the Aussie squad to play Scotland is one that poses questions. The biggest being: Do Scotland attack the scrum or the lineout?
On a sunny day in Dundee Alan Dymock caught up with the newly crowned RBS Premier 1 Player of the Season
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!)
Chris Paterson is supremely popular, but in sending him to learn to be a coach as part of the Macphail Scholarship the SRU are actively avoiding spending money on developing young players.
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.
Brodie McGregor was at Firhill as the Warriors won to set up a RaboDirect Pro12 semi-final with Leinster. There may have also been some emotions flying around the old place…
Glasgow Warriors Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year Chris Fusaro is sure that it is possible to get a more favourable playoff draw if everyone continues to graft for those tries.
It is the week of the Heineken semi. Any exclusives available…from anywhere? No. Alan Dymock takes a peek behind the curtain anyway.
Don’t go off declaring the SRU ignorant of youth before you consider why the two pro sides have brought in players that are not qualified to play for Scotland.
Melrose are the RBS Premier A champions for the second year in a row. Dundee HSFP ran them close and Gala scared a lot of people, but it is all over now (bar Cup Finals day and 7s). Bring on the changes for next term.
Edinburgh and Glasgow have less resources than English and French giants, but you don’t hear them complaining. They now have a chance to improve furrther.
Edinburgh make history with 19-14 victory over the French giants. They fought hard and have booked a place Semi-Finals of the Heineken Cup with a match at the Aviva Stadium to come.