- 14 Sep 07, 03:44 PM
St Etienne - Scotland continue to draw sizeable crowds of locals to their open training sessions at the St Etienne Football Academy.
Most are there purely to collect autographs and have their photos taken with the lads and they generally give the impression that nobody in this little corner of France has any work to go to.
But if they were paying close attention to Scotland going through their moves over the last couple of days, they would have noticed a likely backline for the game against Romania on Tuesday:
The prospective centre partnership is the most intriguing, with a growing clamour for Webster to play 13 and perhaps he will get his chance on Tuesday. Providing, of course, that he hasn’t suffered any serious damage in taking a knock to his right ankle during training which forced him to sit out the rest of the session.
One of the reasons that Dewey and Webster may start is that Andrew Henderson continues to make slow progress from his dead leg picked up against South Africa. It was, as physio Stuart Barton said, one of the worst he has seen. He is now at least running the moves, but Romania and even New Zealand may be too soon.
Yet even without Henderson there is a potentially lively looking back-line waiting to take to the field against Romania.
If it’s right, remember you read it here first.
If wrong, then please ignore and we’ve never met… ok?
Meanwhile, continuing my theme of the state of Scotland player’s legs (see earlier blogs concerning Jason White’s limbs) I can exclusively report that David Callum’s legs have taken on a ridiculous brown hue.
As he sauntered past I did happen to remark "Wow… Look at your legs!" and realised immediately that I might shortly be heading for a restraining order. But he understood and admitted that he had gone a strange teak colour – indeed he is constantly the butt of many jokes and suggestions from other players that he is a regular user of a sunbed. "But I promise I’ve never been on one in my life" he added, pleadingly.
Get the colour while you can David, back to Edinburgh on Sunday.
Andrew Cotter is a BBC Sport commentator specialising in rugby union and golf. He is covering Scotland at the World Cup for Radio 5live and you can see the station's full broadcast schedule here.