Scotland 2017 and the year that could be.
This could be the year that makes a difference for the Scotland 2017 campaign as Vern Cotter takes a bow. All that stands between him becoming the best Scotland coach in decades are the five games of the 2017 Six Nations. A tall order or the best parting gesture ever?
Last season might not have been their best season points wise, but finishing 4th in a competition that débuted a new sharper looking Scotland was impressive.
Experience, improved strength in depth and a winning attitude made Scotland a serious competitor last season. One that the bookies favoured to do well, but this year with the added “Bonus points” system, Scotland will need to bolster their defence to avoid losing the game in the last 20.
Scotland’s first game is a tough home game against a team that handed them their biggest defeat last season. Starting the Scotland 2017 campaign at Murrayfield will improve things a little for the home team, but the venue is only a small slice of what could be the biggest game of the tournament.
A call to train with the squad doesn’t mean that 21 year old home grown Magnus Bradbury gets his official call up to the squad, but he is the one to watch. An impressive season with Edinburgh behind him and a future in Scottish rugby.
Greig Laidlaw on Scotland 2017: “We’re starting to get more strength in depth, and for me personally I feel it’s the strongest squad we have had. Not to get ahead of ourselves, but it’s important to get a fast start, the competition is only five games so to start well is important.”
Scotland 2017 Squad
With an added boost of the Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby doing well for Scottish rugby this season, there is more choice on offer. Uncapped players top 6 including Cornell Du Preez. Ross Ford, Jonny Gray, Richie Gray, Stuart Hogg, Greig Laidlaw, Tim Visser and Duncan Weir bring experience to compensate.