Paul O'Connell, the Ireland captain, is wary of the threat posed by this Welsh team and dismissed the suggestion that their game rests solely on the bruising brand of rugby known commonly as "Warrenball".
Scott Johnson has left the door open for Kelly Brown to make a return to the Scotland fold after being dropped from the side to face England at Murrayfield tomorrow, but the interim head coach hinted yesterday that the 31-year-old flanker might decide to call time on a Test career that has brought him 61 caps over the past nine years.
GREGOR Townsend last night praised the big-game skills of Duncan Weir and said he would be surprised if Scott Johnson, the national coach, does not retain him for Saturday's Calcutta Cup match at Murrayfield.
It might have become Scott Johnson's favourite word over the past few weeks, but consistency is one quality that is likely to be entirely absent from the Mississippi Mud Pie of a Murrayfield pitch when Scotland and England get down and dirty on Calcutta Cup business come Saturday afternoon.
Dean Kelbrick, the Ayr centre, may only be 29 but he feels like a veteran in a Scotland Club XV squad featuring 16 uncapped players to take on their Irish counterparts on Friday night, writes Gary Heatly.
They say you should never forget your roots, but Tim Swinson was happy to wipe all thoughts of his Hertfordshire upbringing from his memory banks as he looked ahead to Saturday's match with England at Murrayfield.
Dan Tuohy, the lock who stepped into the breach when Ireland captain Paul O'Connell was forced out of Sunday's RBS 6 Nations game in Dublin, was dismissive of any threat posed by Scott Johnson's Scotland as he set his sights on tougher challenges ahead.