It was neither the most romantic nor the most convincing of reconciliations, but yesterday's public kiss-and-make-up between Vern Cotter and Clermont Auvergne appears to have dynamited any immediate possibility of the New Zealander taking over as Scotland coach before his official start date of next June.
Scottish Thistles finished runners-up in the Plate at Saturday's opening round of the eight-team GB7s at Eirias Park in Colwyn Bay and go into the second leg of the series at Meggetland this Saturday in fifth position.
Scotland Women's sevens squad will have a big two weeks of training ahead of the Marbella event after defeat to Ukraine in the 11th/12th place play-off yesterday at the FIRA Grand Prix Series in Brive.
It would be mischievous to suggest that Andy Irvine's life with the Lions has been a story of relentless decline, but there is no arguing with a history that shows that nothing has come remotely close to the spectacular success he enjoyed in his first involvement, when he was one of the rising stars of the all-conquering side who went unbeaten through South Africa in 1974.
The British & Irish Lions may have kicked off their 2013 tour with a resounding eight-try win, but their performance showed plenty of hard work is required before the first Test against Australia on June 22.
Scottish Thistles have a tough opening tie against Crawshays Welsh in the first round of the GB7s Series at Eirias Park in Colwyn Bay today, the first of three tournaments on consecutive weekends, that make up the competition, writes Alan Lorimer.
After a decade in charge, Ian Rankin knew it was time for change at Dundee HSFP long before the disappointment of losing their final league match and then Premier One play-off match by a combined total of three points to be relegated from the top flight.
One of the candidates in this month's election for the Scottish Rugby Union's vice presidency has expressed disappointment and surprise at how the appointment of the national team's new head coach, Vern Cotter, has been handled.