McBurney has shown the necessary patience in recent years

McBurney has shown the necessary patience in recent years

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The attributes of a decent hooker are mostly pretty obvious. Strength, mobility, accuracy at the lineout — that kind of thing. But if the recent experiences of those who do the job in Scotland are anything to go by, patience should be added to the list.

Dave Cherry played second-tier rugby in England, third-tier rugby in France, was way down the pecking order when he came to Edinburgh and was 30 years old before he was capped this year. George Turner was almost invisible during his five seasons at Edinburgh but his career took off after a move to Glasgow and he has now played 17 Tests for Scotland. Fraser Brown dropped out of professional rugby for a time early in his career, while Stuart

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