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Duncan Taylor is back from injury and will start for Scotland against France. Picture: Bruce White/SNS

Allan Massie: The prospect of seeing Duncan Taylor partner Huw Jones is enticing

The sight of Gareth Anscombe being helped off the field at Twickenham and out of the World Cup will have sent nervous shivers down many spines. We are all aware of the risk of serious injuries in these warm-up internationals, an apprehension scarcely alleviated by the knowledge that injuries are suffered in training too. Indeed, a mishap in training has already deprived Wales of Toby Faletau.

This tackle by Ireland's Chris Farrell on Sam Johnson of Scotland would be illegal under the proposed new law. Picture: SNS/SRU.

Allan Massie: Law change must focus on dispersal

E ven as we get ready for the World Cup and anxiously scan the news for reports of any injuries – Wales have already been deprived of Toby Faletau – the law-makers are looking to the future beyond whatever happens in Japan, and have come up with a number of law changes or revisions which will be given trials at various levels of the game.

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