Jamie Lyall takes a look at the impact John Barclay had in defence and at the breakdown when he was brought on against Japan in last week’s win, and gives his thoughts on how crucial his role is to any success in Sunday’s Springbok showdown.
The Queensland Reds game offered a massive step up to near test-match levels of intensity, if not necessarily the structured game you usually see at that level. Sometimes you do get what you wish for, Warren.
Everyone’s favourite fantasy rugby exercise, The British and Irish Lions, kicks off in a major way tomorrow when coach Warren Gatland announces his squad. Fittingly, here at the Scottish Rugby Blog we are bringing up the rear in style, and Rory has a last minute panic about it.