When Scotland played Wales at Murrayfield two weeks ago, their 23-strong match squad included four players born in South Africa and another — Huw Jones — who had come to prominence playing there.
Clearly, Scotland has moved on from the era of the Kilted Kiwis to that of the Jock Boks. And the trend is only likely to continue as Pierre Schoeman, the 26-year-old loose-head prop who joined Edinburgh in 2018, will become eligible for his adopted country in just a few months’ time.
Schoeman is not quite a shoo-in, as his clubmate Rory Sutherland and Glasgow’s Oli Kebble — another South African — are currently first and second-choice for Scotland. But with his combination of scrummaging power and energy in the loose it is