Five Questions for the Scotland Selectors

The second row is set to be the biggest headache for Scotland coach Gregor Townsend as he announces his Scotland squad tomorrow, but there will be several more key questions to answer as he puts the finishing touches to a squad set for an unfamiliar four autumn tests.

What happens if a lock gets injured?

A tweet from our PreviewMaster™ (and creator of the term Hornstings) Kevin Millar highlighted just how desperate the situation has become with the announcement yesterday that Richie Gray is still suffering from his back injury and could be out until well into the Six Nations. While it means he should at least be fit and rested as the summer looms, for now that means two out of the usual group of 4-5 are injured, along with the next capped understudy, Edinburgh’s Lewis Carmichael. As this list Kevin came up with shows:

Jonny Gray
Grant Gilchrist
Ben Toolis
Richie Gray
Tim Swinson
Lewis Carmichael
Scott Cummings *
Fraser McKenzie*
Kiran McDonald *
Callum Hunter-Hill *
Ollie Atkins (Exeter) *
Andrew Davidson (Newcastle) *
Murray Douglas (Hurricanes) *

* uncapped

Gray, Toolis and Gilchrist would be many (not all) people’s first choice for the match day 23, but after that, the next level down on the list is very inexperienced. The 6’6″ Rob Harley hasn’t had a cap since 2017, although he made last year’s Six Nations training squad. He could well be in line for a recall as he’s in good form for Glasgow – where he’s been playing in the second row these last few weeks. As a part of a pack making inroads in the Premiership, Exeter’s Ollie Atkins could be part of the group too.

Is it too late for newcomers?

Having imprinted “The Toony Way” on his team, this could be the last time to blood new faces and get them to buy into the ethos, game plan and pace of play he wants Scotland to have. Next year’s warm up matches against France and Georgia will be too late, and the Six Nations is unforgiving. Scotland, starting now, need to build familiarity and consistency going into 2019 and the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Chief among those latecomers could be Blade Thomson, the New-Zealand born Scarlets Number 8. He’s a classy footballer with good hands as well as being a big lad, and Scottish grandparents have put him on the radar of many. He told the Welsh press it was something he had considered. He turns 28 in December so he’s not a long-term solution, but he could be the latest in a line of southern hemisphere imports who have tried to fulfil the “ball-carrying back row” role while also ticking that “project players are okay if they’re decent” box that should see him welcomed rather than vilified.

Another face yet to feature for Scotland would be Gary Graham (one of the many alliterative sons of George) who Iain Morrison suggests would be a ready-made call up despite having featured in recent Eddie Jones training squads (alongside Cameron Redpath and Ben Vellacott). Not sure about that one.

There are also a few relative newcomers that the jury is still out on. Having played last autumn, Luke Hamilton didn’t get much time on the summer tour and has played sporadically for Edinburgh where he’s got stiff competition even with John Barclay injured. Newcastle’s Chris Harris and Harlequins James Lang are players who may yet play a part in the backs, although Harris might have run out of lives if Duncan Taylor and Mark Bennett were fit.

Having played in the summer, some younger but not wholly new faces will definitely be back: Jamie Ritchie, Magnus Bradbury and George Horne would be counted among them. Adam Hastings too is the most likely to play at 10 against Wales, as Finn Russell will not be released by Racing for that one as it falls outside the window. Experience of a hostile Millennium Stadium but in an essentially meaningless fixture could be invaluable for his development.

Will we see any old faces back?

An alternative to Blade Thomson perhaps sits ready made in the shape of Josh Strauss, the Sale Sharks Number 8. He hasn’t started many games though as he plays in the captain’s position, and still suffers from association with a summer tour loss to Fiji last year. Might some of the victims of the USA suffer a similar fate?

Many of them dispatched Argentina the following week so redemption perhaps came quickly enough for those young lads to spare them the fate of Strauss, Henry Pyrgos, Tim Visser or Damien Hoyland who were cast into the wilderness. One face who hasn’t featured much since that match but I would like to see back is John Hardie, currently without a club. As a player without a club (there were rumours of a short term deal at Scarlets, and Clermont seemingly didn’t rate his fitness), his lack of match sharpness is likely to go against him here though. A call up as part of the training group might help him as an individual but Townsend isn’t too sentimental it seems.

 

Ali Price

Ali Price breaks out with the ball- pic © Alastair Ross / Novantae Photography

How many scrum halves?

Greig Laidlaw and George Horne are probably the two standout candidates in terms of form and experience (Greig’s currently third in the Top 14 points scoring table behind our own Finn Russell), but they are both very different players. With the rise of Adam Hastings at Glasgow after he earned his first cap in the summer, Greig is now less likely to be considered as cover at ten except in emergencies and will have to compete on his own merits for the 9 shirt.

If they were your top two, there’s an interesting side debate as to how you want Scotland to close games out (steady or frenetic) which might dictate who starts (as might the question of captaincy, see below).

After Greig and George, Ali Price, Henry Pyrgos and Sam Hidalgo-Clyne are all sitting at around the same level. Pyrgos has come on to a game since moving to Edinburgh, but didn’t go so well against Montpellier this weekend and that may have gone against him. If Townsend picks three as usual, the last pick will most likely be Ali Price which would mean Hidalgo-Clyne drops out from the summer squad.

 

Greig Laidlaw - pic © Al Ross

Greig Laidlaw – pic © Al Ross

Who is the captain?

Another decision where Le Petit General will come into consideration is that of the captaincy.

Stuart McInally did well in the summer and is currently nailed on to start at hooker if fit – something you could argue Laidlaw is not given Horne’s form, although he’d probably be favourite to play the big games against South Africa and Argentina and will definitely be in the squad for the three home games.

John Barclay has been a successful leader for Toony but he is out injured until the new year so you could say that – at least until then – the captaincy is up for grabs. It’s pretty unlikely it will be someone outside those two or Barclay who will lead the side into the World Cup next year, so vice-captaincy types like Hoggy or Jonny Gray will most probably remain that way.

If you want to build a leadership group capable of coping with injuries in the confines of a World Cup squad you’d look to McInally to get more experience in the role. Let Greig concentrate on game management and slotting the goals.

Or do you give Greig the armband and let him keep it all through next year for continuity? There is also the possibility he may retire from international rugby following the World Cup (he’ll be 34).

I’d pick McInally, but don’t be surprised to see wee Greig as Townsend’s choice come tomorrow lunchtime.

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57 comments on “Five Questions for the Scotland Selectors

  1. Neil on

    First Choice Scotland 31 based on this season ? for Autumn internationals. (based on current club performances)

    First Name is first choice and so on.

    Forwards
    Loosehead – Dell, Allan, Sutherland
    Hooker – Brown, Mcinally, Turner
    Tighthead – Nel, Berghan, Mcallum
    Lock 4 – Gray, Toolis
    Lock 5 – Gilchrist, Harley
    Blindside – Bradbury
    Openside – Watson, Ritchie
    No 8 – Thompson, Ashe
    Backs

    Scrumhalf – Laidlaw, Price, Horne
    Fly-Half – Russell, Hastings
    Inside Centre – Scott, Dunbar
    Outside Centre – Jones, Johnstone
    Wings – Seymour, Graham
    Fullback – Maitland, Kinghorn

    • Andy_N on

      ‘Arsey’ Rae (as my son calls him) stood up well on Sunday to the big saracens pack…..outside bet maybe??

  2. Sotonsaltire on

    Looks slim pickings in a few places.

    It won’t happen but I think Turner needs the game time at Glasgow, not with Scotland, so I would go with Ross Ford as hooker 3. Turner is good in loose but makes mistakes at the basics.

    Don’t think Seymour has been that good but lack of options prob means he is in. Maitland was good yesterday and is prob first choice on wing.

    I think we might see the following in Cardiff (pure guess work):

    Dell
    Mcinally
    Nel
    Gilchrist (JG rested)
    Toolis
    Wilson
    Ritchie
    Thompson (assuming released?)
    A Price (needs to lay ghosts to rest- pls not another interception pass)
    Hastings
    Seymour
    Scott
    H Jones
    D Graham- maybe and only due to lack of options, could very well be Lee Jones
    Kinghorn

    Alex Allen, Ross Ford (see above re turner, no need to risk Fras), Berghan, Harley, Bradbury, G Horne, P Horne, Lee Jones

    Shows the importance of the exiles. Re R Wilson, I think you need one experienced international back row.

    The obvious ones (JG, Brown and Dunbar deliberately not selected), last two as they would probably get injured and would rather they are fit (ish) for SA….

    • FF on

      These AIs a minefield. A home loss to Fiji would be catastrophic but by. O means impossible with an experimental team. SA and Argentina are winnable but we need all guns blazing. I’d use Wales test as experiment line up and keep the stringest 23 back for the next three tests.

      • JohnMc on

        Wales Test is outside the AI window so I think there will be a few places on both sides filled by up and comers.
        SA definitely the big one for us this Autumn. Beat them and we make a serious statement about our ambitions as a Test side in 2019.

  3. Andy_N on

    Would selection in the Wales game count as a ‘cap’ given that it’s outside the window? If it does, then this would seem like an ideal opportunity to bring in Thomson, assuming if course scarlets would release him.

  4. Frazer on

    I’ve been very impressed by the fringe props this season, Allan and Rae have both been solid for Glasgow, Allan in the loose is more like a back row forward. Sutherland, who I rated before his injury problems, has done well too.

    Any word on Dunbar who went off injured again on Sunday? For all the depth we think we’ve had in the centres over the last 2 or 3 years it’s looking a bit stretched in midfield because of injuries.

    Not counting Wales as it’s outside the window I’d like to see a settled side looking something like: Dell, McInally, Berghan, Grey, Gilchrist, Bradbury, Watson, Thomson, Laidlaw, Russell, Seymour, Dunbar, Jones, Maitland, Kinghorn; with subs of Brown, Allan, Nel, Toolis, Ritchie, Horne, Hastings, Scott

  5. Stu2 on

    Kinghorn’s defence will have Toonie wondering if he should maybe have Maitland at 15 and Kinghorn on the wing – he still has lots to learn defence wise.

    • Andy_N on

      I think Kinghorns defence will have him wondering if He should be in the squad at all – misses tackles with alarming regularity, but brings a genuine threat going forward – tough call.

    • Frazer on

      Aye to be fair after I submitted my team I though of switching those 2, but I think Kinghorn is a more effective 1st or 2nd receiver which would be more of a like for like switch for Hoggy.

  6. Blake Westwood on

    Interesting reading the recent comments about Loosehead selection. I would say this is the only position were we are unsure who our best players are.

    We know our two best hookers are McInally and Brown, we know Fagerson, Nel and Berghan are our three best tightheads, we know that Gilchirst, Toolis and the Gray Brothers are our 4 best locks, Barclay, Watson and Wilson has been our starting back-row for a while.

    We know that Price, Horne, Laidlaw, Hastings and Russell are our best halfbacks, that Dunbar, Scott, Jones, Taylor, Bennett and Horne are our best options at centre and that Kinghorn, Seymour, Maitland and Hogg our are best back 3 options.

    Yes 1 or 2 more names will come into contention here but these are generally settled areas.

    Then you look at loosehead and you could have anyone from Dell, Allan, Bhatti, Sutherland, Marfo or Reid starting here and none of us really know who is our best option from those names. It’s important Gregor is able to use these games to discover who our best loosehead is.

    • Merlot on

      Great synopsis Blake. However with Barclay injured the backrow still needs sorting. We don’t seem to have an 8 that can compete with the Faletau/Vunipola/Standers of this world. Never mind Picamoles, Parisse, Reid and Pocock.
      To have a chance at the RWC we need to have a world class 8, and Wilson isn’t it. Good as he is I think he’s better at 6. Is Bradbury or Thomson our last chance saloon to have an 8 to compete?

      • FF on

        Looks like it. Maybe Matt Fagerson will be one for the future but still not clear whether he’ll be powerful enough to emulate his u20 wrecking ball role – he’s not big but he’s a tidy player and squared up last weekend.

      • Frazer on

        I don’t rate Ryan Wilson even if Toonie does. I think he goes missing in big games and he concedes a lot of penalties too. It could be that he’s invaluable in the dressing room and that’s why he’s there.

        I’d like to see Bradbury given a shot at 8. He’s really bulked up over the last 12 months, he makes yards, can offload, and he’s tireless in defence.

      • Stu2 on

        I agree Frazer, but sadly Toonie has a blind spot about Wilson. He’s not even a decent captain as we saw last Sunday.

        I also read somewhere he’s only scored 1 try in pro rugby!!

        But there is no way he’s going to miss out this close to RWC.

      • Andy_N on

        The whole ‘Wilson gives away lots of penalties’ narrative really hacks me off and is fake news. We all have our own opinions- but for me, he is second only to Watson when considering our best, most effective back row player – an absolute workhorse.

    • Alex on

      About a year and a half ago I wasn’t convinced by Wilson either but then I remember watching a six nations match without him and then one with him. The difference in the defensive line speed was night and day. I’ve watched for it ever since (Glasgow too) and now just don’t believe that the Scottish defensive line has the same aggression and speed without him.He does concede the odd penalty but then so does a good 7 over the ball. And he’s got good hands. That said he doesnt exactly blast people out of the way ball in hand.

      • FF on

        Wilson was absolutely dire against Italy, getting shrugged off by Poledri at least twice.

        He can perform well but what we need is big bruising number 8, we have plenty of workhorses.

  7. Grum on

    Sad not to see any mention of Duncan Weir. 100% reliable from hand or foot , great defence and showing previously unsuspected eye and fleetness of foot for gaps. Main ‘ fault’ is getting involved at rucks ………doing other people’s jobs and perhaps losing a slight edge because of that.

  8. Blake Westwood on

    What’s great about these 4 games is all 4 of these games are both winnable and losable.

    Wales have some serious talent coming up as well as plenty of top experienced players and they showed what they can do this year when they get going.

    Argentina after their lows of the summer have got in a new coach and have beaten Australia and South Africa in the rugby championship and challenged New Zealand for large parts of their games.

    South Africa have added to their series win over England by beating New Zealand in the Rugby Championship and are now playing to their true potential under Erasmus.

    Fiji have such power and quality with players of Mata’s, Nakarawa’s, Nadolo’s and Goneva’s quality and could be tricky opposition if they get going.

    Should be 4 fantastic games.

  9. Blake Westwood on

    Team I would play against Wales;

    15. Kinghorn
    14. Seymour
    13. Huw Jones
    12. Scott/P.Horne
    11. Darcy Graham
    10. Hastings
    9. G.Horne
    8. Wilson
    7. Watson
    6. Bradburry
    5. Gray
    4. Gilchrist
    3. Nel
    2. McInally
    1. Allan

    Replacements; Brown, Dell, Berghan, Toolis, Ritchie, Price, P.Horne/Scott, L.Jones

    Rough team I would play in other 3 matches;

    15. Kinghorn
    14. Seymour
    13. Huw Jones
    12. Scott/P.Horne
    11. Maitland
    10. Russell
    9. Laidlaw
    8. Wilson
    7. Watson
    6. Bradburry
    5. Gray
    4. Gilchrist
    3. Nel
    2. McInally
    1. Allan

    Replacements; Brown, Dell, Berghan, Toolis, Ritchie, G.Horne, P.Horne/Scott, Darcy Graham

  10. Bazz on

    Greig has to start the big matches with Finn but its his shirt to lose. Brown has also outplayed McInally this season and deserves to start. As good as McInally has been in last 12 months I feel a few easy tries from the back of mauls has given his hype train a little too much steam.

  11. Alanyst on

    Some thoughts on depth relative to a few years ago…

    Front row: overall improved due mainly to McInally.

    Second row about the same…youth waiting in the wings

    Back row: improved depth mainly from Edi youngsters…”losing” Hardie and Strauss a bit uneccesary I think.

    Halves: Hornstings gives genuine options that were missing before. Horne Sr and Lang too.

    Centres: A bit backwards as Dunbar, Taylor and Bennett recede

    Back 3: overall positive due mainly to Kinghorns emergence…Seymour hasn’t refound the same form he had.

  12. RUGBY JESUS on

    The Correct Squad

    1. Dell, Allan, Sutherland
    2. Brown, Mcinally, Ford
    3. Nel, Berghan, Mcallum
    4. Gray, Toolis
    5. Gilchrist,Harley
    6. Bradbury,Ritchie
    7. Watson, Hardie
    8. Denton, Thompson, Strauss
    9. Laidlaw, Price, Horne
    10. Russell, Weir
    11. Graham, Fife
    12. Scott, Hastings
    13. Jones, Dunbar, Dean
    14. Hughes, Seymour
    15. Maitland, Kinghorn

    Test Squad Vs Wales

    1. Allan
    2. Brown
    3. Nel
    4. Toolis
    5. Gilchrist
    6. Ritchie
    7. Watson
    8. Bradbury
    9. Price
    10. Hastings
    11. Fife
    12. Scott
    13. Jones
    14. Hughes
    15. Kinghorn

    16. Ford
    17. Sutherland
    18. Mcallum
    19. Toolis
    20. Harley
    21. Horne
    22. Weir
    23. Seymour

    Vs Fiji

    1. Dell
    2. Mcinally
    3. Berghan
    4. Gray
    5. Gilchrist
    6. Bradbury
    7. Watson
    8. Strauss
    9. Laidlaw
    10. Russell
    11. Graham
    12. Hastings
    13. Dunbar
    14. Seymour
    15. Maitland

    16. Brown
    17. Allan
    18. Mcallum
    19. Toolis
    20. Denton
    21. Price
    22. Jones
    23. Kinghorn

    Vs SA

    1. Dell
    2. Mcinally
    3. Nel
    4. Gray
    5. Gilchrist
    6. Bradbury
    7. Watson
    8. Thompson
    9. Laidlaw
    10. Russell
    11. Graham
    12. Dunbar
    13. Jones
    14. Kinghorn
    15. Maitland

    16. Brown
    17. Allan
    18. Berghan
    19. Harley
    20. Ritchie
    21. Horne
    22. Hastings
    23. Seymour

    Vs Argentina

    1. Allan
    2. Brown
    3. Berghan
    4. Harley
    5. Toolis
    6. Strauss
    7. Ritchie
    8. Thompson
    9. Horne
    10. Russell
    11. Seymour
    12. Hastings
    13. Jones
    14. Maitland
    15. Kinghorn

    16. Ford
    17. Sutherland
    18. Mcallum
    19. Gilchrist
    20. Denton
    21. Laidlaw
    22. Dunbar
    23. Hughes

  13. thebigiam on

    Sam Johnson qualified yet? He’s my black horse for a call-up, assuming he’s fit again (don’t think he was on last Glasgow injury list update).

  14. SB on

    Price will surely start in Cardiff. He’s ahead of Horne at Glasgow right now because he does the basics better than Horne. I wouldn’t be surprised if Henry Pyrgos features as well. Horne is great at running support lines but hasn’t showed the control you need at Test level.

    Hastings will be at 10 in Cardiff but who knows what we will get from him. Sunday should have been put the kibosh on those think he will be overtaking Russell any time soon.

    In the backrow I think Bradbury will establish himself at 6 where size really matters. Watson has 7 nailed down. 8 is up for grabs if Blade Thompson can step up but Ryan Wilson is a handy player to have around and always makes a big defensive contribution. John Hardie needs to be at Glasgow.

    • Ben F on

      Hardie should always have been at Glasgow , was given the choice of both I believe. First mstake turning down Toonie , will he be forgiven, find out tomorrow!

    • Blake Westwood on

      SB How is Price ahead of Horne at Glasgow. They’ve both started 3 games this season and Horne was playing far more than Price was at the back end of last season.

      Most people I know felt Price was holding Glasgow back on Sunday and when Horne came on he completely changed the game.

      Can’t see what you have against George?

      • Big Al on

        Price wasn’t great against Wales last time out and it wrecked his form for the rest of last season. Not sure if you should put him in there to sort the wrongs or give Horne a chance?

      • Not rocket science on

        Price was more controlled at the weekend and had a decent game. Horne upped the tempo and looked dangerous, but flung a few wild passes.

        Another vote for Matt Fagerson. Bags of aggression and potential.

        How’s Denton getting on? Sounds like pretty well.

      • readingjock on

        Horne cost a try against saracens by running open instead of passing back inside. Pyrgos is Laidlaw Lite with his box kicking and if anyone can tell me how he misjudged Pienaars kick I would be very obliged !

    • Andy on

      Hardie does need to be at Glasgow.

      1 Year before a WC, Hardie needs to be playing on a regular basis, Scotland need everyone with potential available, which Hardie has proved.
      Glasgow certainly need him, and Edinburgh now look silly having got rid of him.

      • Bazz on

        Well with Barclay, Watson and Ritchie at the club I sure wouldn’t want to pay his wage. Would be great to have him at Glasgow though.

  15. JP on

    Thompson is more than a cut above any of our 8s and I love how much better he is than Brad Shields, don’t care if it’s irrelevant. Atkins is a solid high performing lock who plays for a winning side, he has a legit shout at an RWC place if given the opportunity and should absolutely be in the AI squad given the lock injuries.

    • Bazz on

      Tbh it doesn’t feel right for Thomson to be representing Scotland. To qualify though one grandparent he should really be playing for Glasgow or Edinburgh…. Yet he’s at Scarlets..

  16. Ben F on

    Harley should feature as a lock and Thompson is capable and could do a job in the RWC. I wondered what all the fuss was initially but get it now, right man right time if you ask me. Is Denton injured ? I must have missed something . With a ruthless edge and a haircut he might do, though I suspect he can only do one of them. Strauss is in the same club as Kelly Broon.

    I would love to see Hardie but live in the real world, he cannot find a club , which I also find hard to take as as a rugby fanatic but as a business man, he may be a risk to my reputation and insurance premiums.

    Come on for goodness sake, someone give him even a short term contract , he will reward you with bravery, honest effort and loyalty all day long. Whatever he does all night long, should be behind him.

    • John Mc on

      Amazing that Hardie can’t land a contract. One of the stars of RWC 15 and still in his prime. Such a shame.

  17. Rj on

    Thompson is an absolute must-pick tomorrow. Sounds a bit daft given he’s only been on these shores a few months but he’s genuinely got a touch of class about him. He can carry, pass offload at pace which surely suits he way Townsend wants to play and he’s versatile regarding position which is highly useful at a RWC. He’s better than the options we have so it’s daft if he’s not included.

    Agree with Ben F regards Hardie. He’s not played for months now and he is not selectable until he starts playing regular pro rugby. Assume if this was not a World Cup year he’d have gone back to NZ by now but obviously think it’s worthwhile hanging around to give him a chance of getting to Japan. Surely someone will take a chance on him.

    The loosehead prop situation is interesting. Dell is a certainty to get picked as he’s been playing regularly and has experience. Actually think his scrummaging has improved this season. All the rest of the options can’t hold a place down at their club side, aside from Reid who’s playing championship level. Allan or Sutherland would seem the logical choices as they have played recently and done ok, in fact the former has played really well but how many game she has he started? Lot different coming on as an impact sub as opposed to fronting up from the start for 60 mins+ . Both club sides, in particular Glasgow, have benefitted from the project players at 1 but it’s really hindering playing time for the SQ options. Could be toonie just has to pick whoever he feels is in form just now and take a gamble. Still have a feeling Bhatti will get picked.

  18. iMac on

    I do love Autumn selection day as there are always a couple of surprises that get pulled out of nowhere and in the global battle for talent we do need to keep a line of site outside of Glasgow and Edinburgh.
    So looking at the current exiles team
    8. Blade T – yes we are all watching him and praying that Toonie has got the paperwork in order for a ready made ball carrying 8
    7. Graham – yes he was teased by Eddie but we all know that secretly he was sending reports back to Toonie that helped us win last year
    6. Davey Denton – first choice 6 at Leicester and playing every week – working hard smashing and carrying
    5. Ollie Atkins – on the bench every week for best pack in premiership – could do same for us
    4. Anton Bresler – did we really not cap him…do we think we have 2nd rows coming out of our ears.. doing a great job at Worcester and ripping it up – if he can’t play now someone needs to have a detention
    3. Cosgrove, Reid, Low uggg not alot down south
    9. Sam HC – seems to be playing well and even an outing at 10
    10. Super Dunc – o yes ..the boys on fire .. so key he was about the only starter they rested v Exeter to prepare for Bristol.. few MoMs
    11. Sean M – best wing for champions Sarriee
    12. Lang…been keeping Marcus Smith out for a few games so playing well
    13. Harris
    14. Bassett ..ok he hasn’t said he wants to play yet but if he wants a Xmas card from Grandpa (if not Eastcote now at Plymouth or Le Bourgeois at Wasps)
    15. McGuigan – hatrick at weekend
    So exiles team ..not looking bad and hopefully a few surprises to come tomorrow from the selectors with some off radar picks

    • JP on

      I didn’t know Basset qualifies? That boy is a top class winger and a born try scorer, he’d be pushing for a starting berth if he opted for us

    • James on

      I believe Bresler doesn’t qualify as he left Scotland before he was capped. Which I don’t get as I always thought he was good for Edinburgh. Cockers and Toonie obviously didn’t rate him.

  19. Ben F on

    Watched Glasgow Game again , we made errors , probably should have talen kicks at goal before halftime, scrum held , Hastings had a few things go wrong that on another day would have worked out . Huw Jones broke through a lot, frankly I think he shines in the big games, is pulled down in the others . Not many sides will hold them to 10 and we should not be pessamisitic. Glasgow did well , I think they will not be looking forward to the return at home.

    Price is still not doing it for me , I dont see him getting the Wales game and I think Horne is great for impact and gets around . Glasgow and Scotland need another unpredictable weapon to bolster the Hogg shaped gap and Horne is that wildcard. For me Laidlaw is the safe option in the must win games, I would gamble against Wales. I dont get the Jacko criticism, he did well under high ball, his defence is fine , spilled one but they were hitting us like steam trains and we absorbed the lot. Think Toonie will select Maitland and Kinghorn for FB / wing slots (bench diversity)

    • Stu2 on

      I think Price is trying to reinvent himself after his horror last season – but in doing so he’s become too conservative. He needs to find a better balance as he pace and break around the fringes was the best part of his game.

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