Tom Bradshaw: Bath Rugby's Tom Heathcote has every right to pick Scotland
In March this year, Tom Heathcote was kicking points that helped England Under-20s retain the RBS Six Nations.
On Saturday, he could well come off the bench to make his debut for Scotland.
This is a strange turn of events, not least because England boss Stuart Lancaster made it plain in a RFU press release in July that Heathcote was very much in his thinking, if not in his squads.
Some will argue that, having been nurtured through international age-group rugby by England, Heathcote somehow "owed" it to the RFU to stick with them following their investment in him. Rubbish.
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Tom Heathcote was born in Scotland. Therefore, quite simply, he has every right to chose to play for that country.
The International Rugby Board's regulations make that perfectly admissible, provided that he hasn't played for another nation's first or second-team, which he hasn't.
There will no doubt be a few people at the RFU who will be frustrated by Heathcote's decision. But then they, and Lancaster, should have been wise to the danger of him lifting his gaze north of the Border and done more to keep him in the Red Rose fold.
Heathcote has always had a sense of self-assurance beyond his years. Stepping up into his club's first-team last season was something that he took to without so much as a blink.
In that regard – and in others – he reminds me of Freddie Burns, the Gloucester and England Saxons fly-half. Both have a natural capacity for audacity and both operate in their environments as though born into them.
The problem for Heathcote was that, for all their similarities, it was players like Burns who made it difficult to see exactly when his international opportunity would come for England.
In two years' time, England could well have a golden crop of world-class fly-halves. As well as Burns, Leicester prodigy George Ford is likely to have found his international stride and Saracens' Owen Farrell will still be young in years.
In short, there is a long queue for the England fly-half shirt. And if you are a man in a hurry and feel as though you are ready for international rugby, then why not look to the country of your birth, rather than the country of your current residence?
The queue in Scotland is, of course, distinctly shorter. Heathcote's rivals for the Scotland fly-half berth are Greig Laidlaw and Ruaridh Jackson, and he's already supplanted the latter who was sent back to his club, Glasgow, on Monday.
Heathcote is an exuberant, skilful player who keeps the opposition guessing.
Seeing him play at the highest level will be exciting and I for one am looking forward to it. Even if his shirt doesn't have a red rose on it.