After the 51-28 mauling his side suffered at the hands of Toulon last season, Gregor Townsend could be forgiven for feeling just a little anxious about a return trip to the south of France, but the Glasgow Warriors coach was in nostalgic mode as he contemplated the prospect of leading his players to Montpellier on European Champions Cup duty this afternoon.
TO describe Bellshill and Easterhouse as traditional rugby backwaters might lean towards overstatement of their exposure to the sport but they are, respectively, the birthplace and the home of the club at which Scotland's newest international player learned his trade.
The stamp of Vern Cotter's authority appeared to have left a firm imprint on the backsides of a number of leading players last night after the Scotland coach named a squad for the November Test programme and left out several stalwarts of the national side in recent years.
There seem to be two types of coach on the Scottish grassroots circuit; the dewy-eyed dreamers who believe they can orchestrate a panache-laden path to the Premiership heights and the rugged realists who recognise life is a tough business in the lower leagues.
A stunning result and a valediction for Glasgow, who lived up to their status as one of the top seeds in the European Rugby Champions Cup with a performance of verve, pace, ambition and hard-nosed rugby intelligence.
Edinburgh coach Alan Solomons has backed Hamish Watson as an international forward in waiting after watching the flanker's outstanding performance in the capital side's 15-13 European Challenge Cup victory over Bordeaux-Begles in France on Friday evening.