Ross Rennie tipped to make his Scots return

Ross Rennie. Picture: Joey Kelly
Ross Rennie. Picture: Joey Kelly
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Ross Rennie, the 20 times capped flanker, is today being tipped to return to the national side – even before he has completed 80 minutes in the colours of Edinburgh Rugby this season.

Mike Blair, ex-Scotland captain and erstwhile colleague of Rennie, believes a cap call could be imminent following Rennie being named at No.7 in Edinburgh’s matchday lineup for a crucial RaboDirect PRO12 clash with Connacht at Murrayfield tomorrow. Rennie has successfully completed two stints from off the bench for Edinburgh.

Out all season with a damaged shoulder which required surgery during the summer, Rennie returned to play the final 12 minutes of Edinburgh’s previous home encounter, against Zebre.

Last weekend in Ulster, Rennie was again phased, this time for almost the entire second half.

So, the time is right to expect a starting role and, perhaps anticipating this, Mike Blair, ex-Scotland captain and erstwhile colleague of Rennie’s, says in his BBC web-site blog, that it can be a stepping stone back to the Six Nations, where, in 2012, he gained a nomination for most valuable player.

Says Blair of his fellow Edinburgh Academical’s prospects: “Ross Rennie, very highly regarded by the management, will create some selection headaches in a couple of months time when he’s match fit.”

To do that, Rennie has to start adding to his 88 Edinburgh appearances, but indications are that will happen sooner rather than later.

Meanwhile, a row is brewing over ticket prices for the 2015 World Cup hosted by England.

When Scotland play an Americas qualifier and an Asian qualifier – probably USA and Japan – and fans are being expected to pay up to £85.

Top prices against South Africa and Samoa at Newcastle United’s St James’ Park are set at £175 and £150 respectively.