It would be stretching things to describe Gregor Townsend's reflections on the season just ended as little more than a glance in the rear-view mirror, but at the end of a campaign in which his Glasgow Warriors came achingly close to clinching a place in the RaboDirect PRO12 final, there is no question that it is the road ahead that now occupies his attention rather than the one just travelled.
The destination of the title will be decided today at Riverside where Jed-Forest host their 112th tournament, bringing to a conclusion the 10 gruelling rounds that count towards the competition, writes Alan Lorimer.
The stories in football are not often translated into articles about rugby, but it seemed pertinent to consider Chelsea's achievement in winning the Europa League title last night as Leinster secured the Amlin Challenge Cup with a impressive victory over Stade Francais at the RDS Arena.
Joe Ansbro, the centre who became the first black player to represent Scotland when he made his Test debut against South Africa in November 2010, has announced that he is to retire with immediate effect, having failed to recover sufficiently from the neck injury he suffered in a pre-season game last year.
Todd Blackadder, the former captain and forwards coach of Edinburgh, last night said he is not interested in applying for the job as Scotland head coach, but admitted that, one day, he would like to manage the All Blacks.