Defence coach Steve Tandy insisted Scotland would don’t have any considerations about throwing recently-appointed co-captain Rory Darge into Saturday’s showdown with France following six weeks on the sidelines.
The 23-year-old flanker sustained a knee harm whereas taking part in for Glasgow towards Edinburgh on December 30 and has not performed since.
He was initially rated uncertain for the whole championship however has recovered faster than anticipated and is anticipated to be prepared for this weekend’s match towards Les Bleus.
Darge’s return to competition is especially well timed after fellow flanker Luke Crosbie and veteran lock Richie Gray had been dominated out for the remainder of the match with shoulder and bicep accidents respectively.
“Dargey’s trained and he’s looking good,” reported Tandy on Tuesday. “He came through training last week, he trained again today, so all being well in the rest of the training week he’ll be available.”
Asked if he felt Darge might slot straight again into the Test XV having not performed for nearly a month and a half, Tandy mentioned: “Definitely. He’s done it before, after injuries.
“Knowing Rory and the guy he is, how diligent he is and how he looks at and studies the game, we have no doubts. Physically, it feels like he’s adding layer on layer as he gets a little bit older.
“He’s physically ready and even when they are injured, the boys are still lifting (weights) – it’s not as if they’re sitting there doing nothing. They’re active in and around what the strength and conditioning guys and the medical team want.”
Tandy lamented the lack of back-rower Crosbie and second-rower Gray after the pair – each of whom began the match – picked up tournament-ending accidents in Saturday’s 27-26 victory away to Wales.
“First and foremost, with the characters they are, they’re awesome individuals,” mentioned the coach. “Richie brings lots of experience around the group and he’s got better with age.
“He’s great to work with and you see the energy and clarity he brings to the group. He will be sorely missed.
“Luke has fought so hard to get to the international scene. You see the warrior he is on the field, but there is also the character he is and how he leads in the training environment, how he speaks in meetings.
“We’ve got a great squad though. If you look at the back-rowers, there are loads of form players so we’re lucky enough to have an abundance in those positions.
“If someone misses out, everyone else is ready to step into the shirt.”
Tandy admitted there have been “lots of learnings” for Scotland after a sport in Cardiff the place they went dangerously near squandering a 27-0 lead.
However, he additionally felt there have been loads of positives to be drawn from their first win within the Welsh capital in 22 years, forward of back-to-back dwelling video games towards France and England.
“It’s important not to get too far ahead,” mentioned Tandy. “We’ve had a really good result, going to Wales and getting that job done, but now it’s just about focusing on France.
“Coming back to Murrayfield is massive. We’ve got to improve bits of our game and continue lots of the stuff we did in the first half and at the back end of the Wales game.”