Scottish players must become more streetwise
I don't know if you agree with me, but this Scotland tour of Australia, Fiji and Samoa is hugely important.
As I write this I am filming for Sport Nation in Duns and we've just edited the rugby section of the programme for Tuesday night (7.30 pm on BBC 2 Scotland) which talks about the "project signings" that I touched on in the last blog.
My old friend and team-mate Jim Calder is the chairman of Edinburgh rugby and he talks of his hopes of competing with some of the best teams in the world by bringing in one or two good players who, after three years, will be eligible to play for us - just like Tim Visser.
It has since transpired that former Scotland stars like Doddie Weir are against it, yet in his new role at Murrayfield in charge of recruitment Sean Lineen's job description will include finding a handful of such "project signings".
For the record, I'm not against it but it has the potential to get out of control.
Edinburgh's Matt Scott will start for Scotland against Australia in New South Wales on Tuesday. Photo: SNS
But back to the tour. I'm excited that the likes of Matt Scott and Ryan Grant are getting their big moments. Both are good players.
Ryan Grant looks to be a tough-as-teak loosehead who doesn't take a backward step, and Jon Welsh could be moved to tighthead. Matt Scott is young and has a future ahead of him as a distributor.
Now, what's acceptable for this tour? I would argue that for Scotland to win one game would constitute success.
Nobody in their right mind would argue that all three need to be won. History tells you that these things don't happen.
I don't accept that we are behind other sides in terms of guile. Oh, you hear backs talk about the lack of cutting edge in Scottish rugby but the truth is that we lack the power in midfield.
We don't have a Jamie Roberts.
Should the team suddenly spark and score tries, then questions will be asked of the new Glasgow head coach Gregor Townsend, whose role was to instil such a threat in the national set-up.
I believe that Townsend has been maligned, that he wasn't responsible for Scotland's failure to score tries and that he now has a hard job replicating Glasgow's success.
So, what will I be looking for from Scotland?
Well, if we look as though we have parity at the scrum, mauls, lineouts and breakdown, then the fate of all three games depends on our shape.
Will we threaten to score tries? Will the players look as though they know where they should be? Will there be an eager and capable cutting edge? Can we punch up in midfield?
Will we be as cute as the Welsh, who stand in the defensive line and obstruct and, as we saw in the Barbarians game on Saturday, cleverly hold a player in place when he is trying to get away to ensure that he - in this case Francois Louw - gives away a penalty?
In other words, I'd like to see a cuter and more streetwise Scotland. I keep writing this, but we are one of the countries that appears to play more within the laws than others.
For example, I see Al Strokosch is talking about putting his body on the line in the summer Tests, but I am pretty sure he and his team-mates aren't coached to illegally hold a player down to their advantage.
In fact, if anyone out there can name more than 20 Scottish "cheats" they deserve a prize.
I can't think of one deliberate one: remember, "project signings" are within the rules...
As I say, one win is OK, but more important than the results is getting over the line to score tries.
This is not an easy tour in any sense, and tours, remember, are where reputations are made and lost. I wonder who will come out of this one with his reputation enhanced.