Matt Scott's involvement in next Sunday's match with South Africa at Murrayfield was thrown into doubt last night when it was confirmed that the hand injury sustained by the Edinburgh centre in Saturday's victory over Japan will be examined today by a specialist surgeon in Leeds, writes Alasdair Reid.
Few players have ever announced themselves to the rugby world with a performance as emphatic or as electrifying as the one Ruaridh Jackson delivered on his Heineken Cup debut for Glasgow against Bath five years ago.
When you are well into your 10th decade and can reflect on a life of rich variety, erudition and achievement in so many fields, it is probably quite irksome to be grilled on that brief part of it when you spent your leisure hours chasing an inflated pig's bladder around a field.
Ayr top the RBS Premiership after a 34-12 bonus-point win at Edinburgh Accies yesterday as the four clubs involved in the British & Irish Cup played catch-up in the league, with the rest of the teams resting or on RBS Regional Cup duty.
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.