Johnson respectful of Ross Rennie’s rough ride

Ross Rennie (Getty Images)
Ross Rennie (Getty Images)
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Scotland rugby coach Scott Johnson expects Ross Rennie to return stronger to the Six Nations squad after revealing the 20-times capped Edinburgh flanker was assisted through a difficult period on and off the pitch.

Rennie has yet to appear under Johnson and has suffered not only injury but, more recently, a family bereavement.

This may go some way to explaining the 27-year-old’s omission from the last five Edinburgh selections albeit Roddy Grant has been playing exceptionally well.

After announcing a 36-strong training group Johnson said: “Ross has had a tough time of it. I’ve been respectful of that.

“It’s a boost for the squad and him to get him back in. He provides us with an added edge and is a special lad. There is a human side and a rugby side to this. I’m really glad he is back.”

Grant is unfortunate to miss out but there was nothing surprising about Johnson’s call up of Greig Tonks who has adjusted well to stand off at Edinburgh.

“I always thought Greig had potential to do that. I like his strong left foot and he tackles well. He’s added to our depth,” says Johnson.