Scotland Head Coach: The Deadline Has Passed

Rory BaldwinCorrespondent IApril 20, 2009

LONDON - MARCH 21:  Phil Godman and Graeme Morrison of Scotland tackle Riki Flutey of England during the RBS 6 Nations Championship match between England and Scotland at Twickenham on March 21, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

So if you were planning to apply for the job of Scotland coach, you are now too late.

We should get a result in the next four weeks or so. They claim to have received applications from around the world, although Andy Robinson is still the front runner.

The deadline has also passed to squeeze into the Lions squad, with Geech and the gang currently holed up in a hotel somewhere near Heathrow arguing over whether Danny Cipriani is any good or not, and who leaked O’Connell as the captain.

I’ll be back tomorrow lunchtime with an (almost) live announcement of the Lions squad. Whoever has “three or less” in the “how many Scots in the Lions squad” office pool could be in with a winner. Although it was interesting to see people talking of Hines and Cusiter in the Sunday papers, despite having mostly forgotten about them for the last few months (unlike the geniuses here at Scottish Rugby Blog Towers).

Just so I can slag myself off tomorrow when I am proven wrong:

Crappy Timing/Form Awards

Simon Taylor, the big Stroker (injury), big Rory (injury), John Barclay, Chunk (injury), pretty much all of the Scotland team who dominated South Africa in the autumn.

In With a Shout, But Most Likely to Be “Held in Reserve” (I.E Snubbed/Overlooked)

Chris Cusiter, Thom Evans, Ross Ford, big Nathan, Mossy, Mike Blair. Ford, Hines, and Blair could easily fit into the first list if they don’t go although, apparently Ford played well for Edinburgh last weekend. Andy Robinson’s picks would be Ford, Blair, and Mossy. Evans only has inexperience against him, certainly the Lions could use a bit of the Evans magic.

On the Plane

Euan Murray. Er, that’s it. Unless you count all the Scots in the backroom team. They’ll probably wheel out Jim Telfer for the odd Guinness ad.

So, fingers crossed, but don’t get too excited, we’ll just have to cheer our Celtic brethren who look sure to dominate the team, given Cardiff and Munster’s form of late. Although if they knock the crap out of each other in the Heineken Cup final, there’s every chance a Scot or two will sneak on tour in the injury strewn aftermath…


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