Gregor Townsend believes parts of Blair Kinghorn’s game are “outstanding” as he prepares to hand the Edinburgh Rugby man the number 15 jersey for the Autumn Tests.
The 21-year-old has really come on in the last 12 months since he has been in and around the national squad.
His first five caps have seen him mainly playing on the wing, but with Stuart Hogg recovering from injury it has opened up an opportunity for Kinghorn to show what he can do at full-back.
That is where he normally plays for his club side and with Ruaridh Jackson not selected he looks like the first choice 15 for the upcoming Tests with Wales, Fiji, South Africa and Argentina in November.
“Blair is obviously favourite to play full-back for us,” Townsend said.
“He had a really good season last year, got his first taste of international rugby on the wing and also played at full-back in the Canada.
“I thought he did well on the wing, scored tries against Ireland, the USA and Argentina.
“There are parts to his game that are outstanding: his athletic ability, his speed, his rugby awareness and his kicking game.
“But, as a young player, there’s a lot that he has still got to work on and a lot of that is off the ball - positioning - and the more games he gets to play at the highest level the better he will become.”
Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill believes his player can do a job for the national team too.
“Definitely he is ready to start for Scotland in November, he is a better 15 than a winger for me. If he gets to play there he gets the chance to show how good he is.
“Scotland need to have that depth and need two very good full-backs and Blair certainly has the talent.”
In the Scotland squad of 40 named by Townsend on Wednesday there were three newcomers including Exeter Chiefs former England under-20 player Sam Skinner.
On the 23-year-old second-row the head coach said: “He's an excellent player, the lineout leader for one of the best packs in Europe, his decision-making is excellent and really good running lines so we're delighted he's committed to Scotland.
“I know that it will make his family really proud and he is looking forward to meeting up with the rest of our guys.
So, what of the other two new faces in the shape of Blade Thomson and Sam Johnson?
Back-row Thomson was born and brought up in New Zealand, but now the 27-year-old plays in Wales with the Scarlets while he has a paternal grandfather from Wishaw.
Centre Johnson, 25, has been with Glasgow Warriors since 2015 and the Australian-born player qualifies via residency.
“They are excellent players and that is first and foremost why we brought them in,” Townsend continued.
“We believe the rugby they're playing now - and that we believe they can bring to international level - will help us be a better team.
“Blade is probably the most established of the three new boys given he's a bit older and has played Super Rugby for the last three seasons.
“We've known about him and his Scottish qualification for a few years. I was even interested in signing him for Glasgow before he missed a couple of years through injury.
“So, it's great to see him fit and playing No.8 for the Hurricanes and now playing very well for the Scarlets.
“Sam Johnson is a player I know well having signed him for Glasgow three-and-a-half years ago.
“Each season he's got better and better and won the players' player of the season award last year, so that shows you how well he's performed.”