With the Six Nations done and dusted and the attention shifting back to the weekly games of club rugby, We’re going to have a very early look at the next major internationals, being the June tests. They carry extra significance this year, as it is the penultimate time the northern hemisphere clashes with the southern hemisphere before the 2015 World cup, with the November internationals being the last.
So without further ado, let’s have a look:
Scotland’s tour of the Americas
After a horrible campaign in the six nations with their only win secured through a drop goal, the Scots have a decent shot at redemption. Vern Cotter will start as head coach, and it will be interesting if he will be able to turn around this shabby Scottish team. They have a reasonable schedule this summer, playing the United States, Canada, Argentina and South Africa. This looks like a reasonable learning curve for their new coach.
They have never lost against the Eagles and lost once against Canada. However, they are in negative figures against Argentina and South Africa. In my opinion, the tour is a success if they manage to beat both the United States and Canada, and if they manage to beat one of either the Pumas or The United States.
The Scots will have to sort out the fly-half position. Their pack can be quite good if it’s able to achieve some form of consistency, but their depth at fly-half is wafer thin and not of a good enough quality to cut it at the international level. With Vern Cotter coming in, I expect the Scots to improve significantly, which isn’t all that difficult after the campaign they just had. If they manage to stop leaking points, they might become hard to beat.
Scotland to beat the United States and Canada.