Is Chalmers being overlooked?
Who are the Scottish coaches we should be bringing through as the next generation? Is one outstanding former player being denied a professional coaching career because of a perceived 'bad boy' mentality?
It's strange analysing the Rugby World Cup. Almost every team in the world now plays the same way. A few forward hits to generate some momentum and then release it to the backs. If they keep the ball, bring it back a couple of passes to the forwards who will waste some time hitting up trying to get forward momentum for the backs to attack again.
That's very different to the way the likes of Saracens played under Brendan Venter with his three distinct pods of players and shuffling the ball between those three attack points.
Craig Chalmers was capped 60 times for Scotland. Pic: SNS
And that, to me, means that your coaches win matches. There has been an awful lot of time spent on designing successful patterns. I like Irish technique at the breakdown with 'ball-to-ball' and 'shoulder-over-shoulder' to keep the gate thin and the protection low.
So this article is a bit left-field if you are expecting to read a whole screed about the World Cup. Other than too much time spent scrummaging I am loving it, I am learning a lot, and I am glued to the box in a far off land (here's a clue, the father of one of the Scottish players lives here and he's nipping down under on Thursday).
The first thing to say is that Richie Dixon is due a massive dose of respect for the way the Georgians have been playing. Sean Fitzpatrick talked on telly of Richie's "excellent" coaching and I believe him.
Richie, probably, can coach anywhere now.
But I logged on to the BBC rugby site when abroad and saw that Melrose are top of the domestic league again. Craig Chalmers and John Dalziel have steered the club to four wins out of four.
Now I know it's early in the season, but I see Glasgow Hawks out training three times a week across from my bedroom window and Melrose beat them at the weekend 35-0. Melrose won their own sevens at the end of last season, and the Border league.
Which got me wondering: has Chalmers done something to annoy the SRU?
Obviously few fellow clubs in the Borders profess to like Melrose as they are perceived as the rich team whose wealth generated by their annual sevens tournament allows them to attract players from other teams to play for them.
Winning though, is winning. Chalmers is reckoned to be one of the most competitive players-turned-coaches there has ever been and yet he hasn't been given a chance at professional level.
I think he should be given a chance.
Got that off my chest. Now, I'll be back for Scotland's game. Frankly, I can't wait.