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Happy selection dilemma for Johnson

Scotland head coach Scott Johnson is delighted that Glasgow's flying start to the season has given him selection dilemmas.

Glasgow have won all three of their RaboDirect Pro12 games to top the table and Johnson has been impressed with the likes of centres Mark Bennett and Alex Dunbar, as well as second-row forward Jonny Gray.

Johnson, whose side take on Japan, South Africa and Australia in November, told "It's definitely more competitive for spots - the summer tour was great for that.

"A couple of younger players have stood up at regional level as well, which is adding good pressure to positions that we are not notoriously strong in.

"I think Mark Bennett's form has been superb. It's really nice to see Dunbar playing good club footy again and that's fantastic and with Jonny Gray coming through that's a bit of pressure on everyone as well."

Johnson feels there will be no easy game in their autumn Test series.

"Japan is an interesting one," he said. "The world order is changing a little bit and Japan is taking rugby seriously now because they have been awarded the 2019 World Cup.

"It's in the forefront of their minds and their form has been amazing.

"They've beaten Wales, albeit a younger Welsh team, but they still had to do it. They are playing against sides that are ranked higher than them.

"People who think that Japan are what they used to be are kidding themselves. They're a quality side who we're playing first up.

"South Africa's form has been superb since our scare that we gave them over in Nelspruit during the summer.

"It will be interesting to see how they go over the next couple of weeks as they've been probably largely the form team of the Rugby Championship.

"The way they are playing, the combination of brute force and a bit more flair, says they are dangerous.

"Australia have got some potency and if they actually get it right they can put any side to bed.

"If they get their part right they are the most dangerous side in the world for points."


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