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James Lang kicks a conversion during the Anglo-Welsh Cup match between Harlequins and Scarlets at Twickenham Stoop. Picture: Getty

Harlequins centre James Lang adds to Scotland’s options in midfield

He was born just outside London to an English mother who played football with those famous three lions on her chest while his father was Welsh and Junior enjoyed two seasons of club rugby in the Principality, so little wonder that Harlequins’ versatile back James Lang had all the journalists hurrying to Google when he was announced as the surprise pick in the Scotland squad for the summer tour.

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Though he has been named as Leinster captain, Johnny Sexton may not be a regular performer. Picture: Getty.

Allan Massie: Captain’s influence is no longer a major factor

L einster announced this week that Johnny Sexton is the new club 
captain, taking over from Isa Nacewa who has retired. In one sense this wasn’t surprising. Sexton is perhaps the most necessary player for both Leinster and Ireland. When he goes well, they go well. Moreover it is quite possible that he would have been disappointed, even disgruntled, if the captaincy had gone to someone else.

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Magnus Bradbury in action against Argentina. Picture: �Fotosport/David Gibson

Allan Massie: Scots passed character test by ending tour on high

Sometimes you can get greedy. The first half against Argentina was so good, so enterprising and joyful, that it would have been nice to end Scotland’s season at half-time. The second half was a bit disappointing, as often happens when a team has all but won the game by the interval; there tends to be an unconscious relaxation. So the best thing one can say about the second 40 minutes is that the Scottish players got lots of tackling practice, and defended pretty well.

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