In his most revealing interview since taking office almost two years ago, Mark Dodson, chief executive of the Scottish Rugby Union, has admitted he is prepared to accept a prolonged run of bad results if Scotland are competitive in next year's RBS 6 Nations and the 2015 World Cup.
Scotland have not managed to avoid falling into the play-offs for ninth-12th place since the IRB Junior World Championship became a 12-team tournament back in 2010, and with it has hovered the threat of relegation.
Glasgow flanker Rob Harley has become the fourth emergency replacement to be called into the Scotland squad for their tournament in South Africa, after another injury-hit weekend left the team struggling for back rows.
British and Irish Lions (v ACT Brumbies, Canberra, tomorrow) R Kearney; C Wade, B Barritt, B Twelvetrees, S Williams; S Hogg, B Youngs; R Grant, R Best (capt), M Stevens, I Evans, R Gray, S O'Brien, J Tipuric, T Faletau.
Rugby's international authorities are likely to face calls for changes to the regulations governing the appointment of television match officials (TMOs) after the sin-binning of Scotland lock Jim Hamilton in Saturday's 30-17 defeat by South Africa in Nelspruit.
Alan Lawson says he has never been one of life's natural blazer wearers, so it should be a moment of celebration, or at the very least relief, when he consigns his to the back of the wardrobe for the last time.
HEAD coach Warren Gatland hailed the "abso-lutely fantastic" discipline of his British & Irish Lions after they racked up another crushing win in their penultimate match before Saturday's first Test against Australia.
Scotland head coach Scott Johnson reacted with unrestrained fury at the yellow card shown to second-rower Jim Hamilton which played a significant part in letting South Africa recover from 17-6 down to beat his team 30-17.
Barely two years on from being ditched by Edinburgh on medical grounds, Fraser Brown is in line to make his international debut today after being added to the Scotland bench for this afternoon's match with South Africa in Nelspruit.