TO describe Bellshill and Easterhouse as traditional rugby backwaters might lean towards overstatement of their exposure to the sport but they are, respectively, the birthplace and the home of the club at which Scotland's newest international player learned his trade.
There seem to be two types of coach on the Scottish grassroots circuit; the dewy-eyed dreamers who believe they can orchestrate a panache-laden path to the Premiership heights and the rugged realists who recognise life is a tough business in the lower leagues.
The stamp of Vern Cotter's authority appeared to have left a firm imprint on the backsides of a number of leading players last night after the Scotland coach named a squad for the November Test programme and left out several stalwarts of the national side in recent years.
Edinburgh coach Alan Solomons has backed Hamish Watson as an international forward in waiting after watching the flanker's outstanding performance in the capital side's 15-13 European Challenge Cup victory over Bordeaux-Begles in France on Friday evening.
A stunning result and a valediction for Glasgow, who lived up to their status as one of the top seeds in the European Rugby Champions Cup with a performance of verve, pace, ambition and hard-nosed rugby intelligence.
As a few smouldering words from Jim Telfer could reduce even the fiercest of international forwards to gibbering wrecks, it's safe to say that Duncan Weir and his Glasgow Warriors colleagues got off lightly when the legendary coach popped into Scotstoun for a chinwag.
Scotland's hopes of qualifying for next summer's Women's World Cup in Canada received a huge boost when Lisa Evans was named in Anna Signeul's squad for the play-off semi-final games against the Netherlands.
David Scott was the only homegrown player to force his way into the Scotland team that contested last year's World Cup quarter-final but he is excited for a quartet of fellow youngsters who have the chance to emulate that achievement.
Glasgow officials will find out today if further action is to be taken over the incident that led to centre Mark Bennett losing consciousness midway through the second half of this match and being taken off on a stretcher after lengthy treatment on the pitch.
EDINBURGH look certain to be without the services of one of their key overseas signings, Cornell Du Preez, for the rest of the season after the South Africa-born flanker suffered a "serious" leg injury in the win over Newport Gwent Dragons.