Scrum- half Chris Cusiter, 29, has been capped 55 times for Scotland since 2004 and has captained the international side. He played for the British and Irish Lions in their 2005 tour of New Zealand. Originally from Aberdeen, he now plays for Glasgow Warriors, and has recently signed a new contract. He left the Border Reivers at the end of the 2006-07 season. Cusiter studied law at Edinburgh University.
They came within a whisker of winning the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand last year with an inspired performance against the hosts in the final. This is going to be a great challenge for us.
The majority of their backs come from the two best clubs in France - Clermont Auvergne and Toulouse - and hence know their way to the try line. It will be a huge test for our defence.
The months have flown by since the Rugby World Cup after we all dispersed back to our clubs, and it’s great to see everyone again and get back into camp.
There are a couple of notable absentees, which has changed the balance of the group somewhat. Nathan Hines and Chris Paterson were, of course, two of the stalwarts of the Scotland squad over the past few years and it feels a bit strange with them not being around.
There was nothing to choose between the two teams in the 23-23 draw at Murrayfield. Both went out to play some good rugby, and in the end each scored three tries, of varying styles. (He's not bad that big Dutch bloke on the wing for Edinburgh; I think we’ll have to shut him down a lot more effectively than we did last time round.)
I've never seen Murrayfield as windy as it was either, which made it quite tricky for accurate passing. Well, that's my excuse at least and I'm sticking to it.
It’s December and, for a select few at Glasgow Warriors, the end of November and couldn’t come quickly enough.
You may have noticed (although in some cases you certainly won't have) that as a squad we were all sporting moustaches in aid of the Movember campaign which aims to raise awareness and funds for men's cancer issues.