In the first of a new series, Pete Horne gives us an exclusive view inside the Scotland Sevens squad.
A few short weeks ago football saw a blunder from their figurehead, Sepp Blatter.
The sporting world is thankfully trying to engender discussion about racism. Perhaps it has no choice as impossibly famous figures like Tiger Woods come into the spotlight with stories of his former caddy, Steve Williams, making racist remarks at a dinner. In England Premiership footballer Patrice Evra had accused Liverpool’s Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez of racist language. QPR defender Anton Ferdinand quickly followed suit, indicting England captain John Terry for using similar terms.
As of Friday Scotland utility back Rory Lamont was released from his French club Toulon by mutual consent. He was citing lack of game time whilst his employers claimed he had distanced himself from the rest of the squad and was just not interacting.
It appears that Lamont enjoyed himself very little while he was in France. When the news broke of his release he said on Twitter: “I want to play for Scotland and I have to find a club where I can play more rugby – and I promise it will not be in France!
Glasgow 17 – 9 Ulster
Confidence is a complex entity to understand. It can convince others of your worth and it can take you to places few thought you could go. Glasgow Warriors are dripping with confidence and on a sodden night at Firhill they beat Ulster with little more than a handful of passes and a try.
It might look on first glance like a team packed with experience, international players and the league’s top try scorer, but based on the current Edinburgh team that has played in the Heineken, this has a slightly B-Team look to it. I wouldn’t worry too much though, as so does the Munster team.
Oh, and it’s actually Tim’s little brother filling that shirt on the wing labelled “Visser”.
Glasgow Warriors have welcomed the Cystic Fibrosis Trust as the third official charity partner that the club will support over the next two seasons.
Like Hearts and Balls and Yorkhill Children’s Foundation, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust will be assisted with player appearances, charity events and the opportunity to fundraise directly at matches and through the Warriors’ official website.
In the wake of Sky’s irritating but sadly unsurprising dismissal of the 11 try thriller – that has been called the “match of the decade” by Iain Morrison in the Scotland on Sunday – here are the best we can find to assuage your Twanger (that’s Twit-anger).
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Glasgow have freshened up their back line with experienced heads and rested a couple of big names for the match with Ulster this weekend.
Head coach Sean Lineen called for a “big reaction” to defeat at the RDS: “We were disappointed with the manner of our loss to Leinster, and as a group we’ve been working hard all week to address the areas where we didn’t get it right.”
New revelations pour in today about the English World Cup fiasco. Personal revelations. The kind that cannot be ignored because they were taken confidentially and meant for in-house evaluation.
A series of reviews were carried out by the RFU, the RPA (Rugby Players Association) and the combined Premiership rugby clubs and were presented to the Professional Game Board (PGB) last week. As of yesterday some of the findings were leaked
Rugby can be a silly game sometimes. Months of training, coaching and analysis, games plans formed, key players identified, opposition weaknesses highlighted and set pieces honed. 35 seconds from kick off and that all goes out the window – you end up with 30 grown men playing British Bulldogs with the addition of a ball.