Scotland has a long and happy history of producing quality lock forwards. Down the years, nevertheless, there have actually not been too numerous in the mould of Scott Cummings, a with dignity athletic huge specimen who isn’t frightened to put his head where it hurts, but who chooses to discover a way round rather than through.

The Glasgow 2nd row made his Test launching 15 months earlier in a heavy World Cup warm-up beat away to France, and has actually been the only gamer to function in all 14 matches since. Cummings has become the No 4 t-shirt at such breakneck speed that it is currently tough to picture him taking it off for any length of time over the next years.