Edinburgh coach writes off Scotland’s chances

Alan Solomons: "There's not much depth in Scottish rugby". Picture: Jane Barlow

Alan Solomons: "There's not much depth in Scottish rugby". Picture: Jane Barlow

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Scotland were today written off for Sunday’s viagogo Autumn rugby Test at Murrayfield against the Springboks - by Edinburgh head coach Alan Solomons.

According to a report in the Afrikaans-speaking Die Burger newspaper, South African Solomons believes the tourists will have too much firepower and can even afford to rest their best players against opponents who have “not much strength in depth”.

”I’d really be surprised if the Boks slip up, they simply have too much ammunition for Scotland,” said Solomons, a former South African assistant coach whose comments are bound to raise eyebrows amongst Murrayfield bosses.

Solomons added: “If South Africa rest Bismarck du Plessis, then there’s simply an Adriaan Strauss to call on. Adriaan could even take over the captaincy if the Boks want to give Jean de Villiers a breather.”

However, Solomons expects Scotland to be competitive. “There’s not much depth in Scottish Rugby,” he continued. “They are very competitive and will play with a lot of fire. Scotland realise it’s going to be a big physical challenge, but they’ve never shied away from that.”