Brodie Smithers rates the Scottish effort against Australia
As Rory has chosen to focus on the backs he has left me with the slightly easier task of looking at the forwards.
The reason this is easier is because Andy Robinson has a pretty samey starting pack and, barring injury, I can’t imagine it will change too much for the first game in the World Cup. So this means the warm-up games against Ireland and Italy will help pick a bench, and the training sessions before hand are hugely important for individuals.
Flanker Kelly Brown is under the care of the Scotland medical team following the blow to his head that he sustained in the Calcutta Cup clash at Murrayfield two days ago.
Scotland team doctor James Robson said today: “Kelly is now subject to the usual return to play protocols that are in place following such an injury. He will be monitored on a daily basis.”
Dr Robson noted that prop Euan Murray and centre Nick De Luca (both shoulder bruising), wing Max Evans (leg bruising), full-back Hugo Southwell (calf) and stand-off Phil Godman (shoulder joint/chest wall bruising) were also receiving treatment from Scotland physiotherapists Dan Moore and Stephen Mutch.