Finn Russell and Stuart Hogg can be the catalysts for Scotland to improve in 2020, but they need the players around them to give them support to allow them to play with freedom, according to former full-back Glenn Metcalfe.
Thursday not only sees the start of the men’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series for 2019/20 in Dubai, it also sees the selection process for the Great Britain squad that will go to Tokyo in 2020 begin to hot up.
Selecting Femi Sofolarin, who turned out for England in HSBC World Sevens Series last season, as part of the Scotland core squad for 2019/20 was a “no brainer”, according to new head coach Ciaran Beattie.
Robbie Smith has never been afraid of putting in the hard yards during his fledgling career - and, as such, he had no qualms about moving from his Glasgow base in the summer in the search of more game time.
The FOSROC Super6 competition will encourage up-and-coming male Scottish rugby players to stay north of the border “rather than going to the English Championship or to France and Italy”, according to the competition’s head of on field development Sean Lineen.
World Rugby has confirmed that a decision on World Cup games involving England, France, Scotland and Japan to be played in Yokohama this weekend will be taken on Thursday following the threat from Typhoon Hagibis.