Sharing Sunday – A good look at the amount of minutes that Scottish players have actually been playing rather than just the normal anecdotal comments.
There were few surprises in the Scotland squad named to tour Japan this summer as Vern Cotter continued with the core of the group that saw the international side through the RWC and 6 Nations. With so few changes though, concerns have been raised as to whether some of those selected are being overplayed – but are these fears justified?
Kicking off in Dublin on the 15th of August and ending in Tokyo on the 25th of June, the national side will have played 16 Test matches in less than a year. A handful of players have played at least 10 games so far for Scotland through an extended season and attention seems to be focused on some of these key men – Al Dickinson, Ross Ford, WP Nel, Jonny Gray, Greig Laidlaw and Stuart Hogg. All six have certainly done their duty for club and country over the past 12 months:
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