Nicol makes big impression

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The brief tenure of John Leslie as the Scotland captain could end later this month. After Sunday's victory over England at Murrayfield, the Scotland coach, Ian McGeechan, admitted he has been handed a major problem for the summer tour to New Zealand by the ease with which Andy Nicol led the side.

Nicol took command when Leslie withdrew from the squad for the Calcutta Cup game after suffering a recurrence of his long-standing ankle injury. "There are a lot of things to think about before we announce the squad," McGeechan said. "I am delighted with what Andy did this week, right from the moment I made him captain. He came to my flat on Monday and we talked through the preparation from start to finish and it worked very well."

McGeechan revealed a surprise method of preparation for the England game. "I took the video of the Welsh game [which Scotland lost] and edited all the mistakes out," he said. "There were long passages of play where we did nothing wrong, yet elementary errors at the final part of a move cost us about eight tries. It showed just how good a team we have, but we made it easy for Wales because we didn't force them to make decisions."

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