Scotland coach Frank Hadden is proud of the strength in depth within his squad for the eagerly-awaited RBS 6 Nations.
Hadden inherited a pool of players short on confidence and belief but has revitalised the experienced men and improved the fringe candidates to the point where there is now a significant depth of talent.
The back row and second row positions are now fiercely contended but perhaps Hadden's greatest achievement - in tandem with forwards coach George Graham - is the compilation of a front row which can stand up to the world's best.
In the backline, Hadden has a plethora of options at scrum-half and in the back three while his stand-off and centre permutations are increasingly strong.
Scotland begin their RBS 6 Nations campaign against France at Murrayfield and the former Edinburgh coach has every confidence in his squad.
He said: "It's taken some time to build the squad, there's been a lot of work gone into it. We've addressed positions where we thought there wasn't much competition and put a lot of effort into individuals to try to get them up to speed
"I'm really happy now with the competition we've got. You know, for a country as small as ours to have so many quality players available is a real boost for us."
England Under-18 head coach John Fletcher insists his young side will be better for the experience after beating Italy in the bronze final to round out their 2015 Rugby Europe U18 Championship campaign in style.