As Scotland prepare to take on Japan at Murrayfield this afternoon, Al Kellock, the Glasgow Warriors captain, has said he wants to get the most out of what remains of his long and distinguished career.
Peter Wright had - and still has - a refreshing gift for plain-speaking that meant his time on the SRU payroll was always likely to be brief, and the former prop's contempt for obfuscatory mumbo-jumbo was never better illustrated that by his reflections on Scotland's match against the Ivory Coast at the 1995 World Cup in South Africa.
At a time when millions of parasitic nematodes are chomping their way through the international pitch, it would be an insensitive intrusion into the Scottish Rugby Union's private grief to describe Murrayfield as some sort of can of worms.
A rousing second-half comeback at the Salford City Stadium left Scotland with a nerve-shredding wait to find out if they will meet the defending champions in the Rugby League World Cup quarter-final next week.
Having put in two superb performances in the win over Tonga and draw with Italy, Scotland hooker Ian Henderson has been ruled out of tonight's crucial Rugby League World Cup meeting with the USA in Salford but his replacement has the perfect DNA for the task since it is his older brother Andrew.
The format for the Rugby League World Cup, designed to try to avoid mismatches, has opened the tournament up to a different type of criticism, if not ridicule, according to the coach of one of the teams that has set it alight.
As his last act in the international arena was to kick the conversion which secured Scotland's 30-29 victory over Italy in Pretoria five months ago, it is little wonder that Greig Laidlaw should be excited to be back on Test duty again.
A SUMMER of revolution will turn into an autumn of consolidation as Scott Johnson, the interim head coach, climbs down from the giddy heights of creating 10 new caps in three games to a November schedule where he may get away without adding anybody to the tally of international players.
For New Zealand, their comfortable win over Japan on Saturday will become a mere statistic in their fabled history, even if some will deride the All Blacks for not choosing stiffer competition to warm up for their European tour.