The Scottish Rugby Blog is Scotland’s leading source of news and irreverent opinion on the glorious sport of rugby as seen from a Scottish perspective. Formed in 2009 following the World Cup in France, we have a community of regular readers and writers based around the country, including current and past players. Since forming the blog, our writers are regularly called upon to offer the Scottish fan’s view to local, nationwide and global media and many writers who have contributed to this site in the past have gone on to work in careers in rugby (Glasgow Warriors, SFA) or the media (Rugby World Magazine, Sky Sports, BBC). Engagement in the comments section is actively encouraged as we aim to make this site and Scottish Rugby as great as it can be.
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Rory is a keen rugby follower with a fairly minimal rugby career in the backs. An early bloodbath vs Keith Secondary School should have put him off for life, but luckily sitting at full-back and on the wing kept him well out of the carnage. Since diving into the verbal action with Scottish Rugby Blog, Rory has offered his fan’s perspective for broadcasters including BBC Five Live, BBC Radio Wales, Radio Hauraki (NZ) and online for Rugby World Magazine and ESPN’s Scrum.com. When not writing or editing the site, he moonlights as a web designer and musician in the North of Scotland.
Born a Souter but brought up just south of the Border in Berwick where he played for Berwick RFC as a kid any any position where cover was needed. Find him on Twitter @CammyBlack. Cam is also responsible for the Scottish Rugby Blog podcast.
Journalist and rugby player for @LangholmRugby and the @PigbariansRFC, please follow @brodiesmithers
Edinburgh Rugby Reporter
Glasgow Warriors Reporter
“The third Al” is responsible for the excellent photographs on the site. Please don’t pinch them but if you would like to commission or pay for any of Alastair’s photos please get in touch with us.
Occasional Correspondents (and Past Legends)
With an early spell playing at hooker for the same school as Rory (average turnout at rugby training: 5 people including 2 girls), Al has since left the dark arts of the front row behind to blaze a trail through the touch rugby teams of Edinburgh followed by a return to full contact (Voted most improved player for Broughton 2011/12 Season). Also a keen follower of Aberdeen FC, Al is currently employed as a project manager, which should give him plenty of practice for a future career as an SRU blazer.
Jamie is a twenty-one-year-old freelance sportswriter currently undergoing an apprenticeship with BBC Scotland. He is a former Planet Rugby staff writer, has contributed to numerous media outlets on both sides of the Equator, and can now be found with mic in hand in the Glasgow Warriors hospitality suite on matchdays. He hails from the capital, but as a self-confessed rugby anorak will watch and pass comment on just about any game going. Follow Jamie on Twitter @JLyall93
Alan Greenwood, Andy McLellan, Iain Hay, Jack Mysyk, Barry John, Christie Lester, Alan Dymock, Tom Macleod. A full list can be found with their articles on the archives page.