About Us

The Scottish Rugby Blog is Scotland’s leading source of irreverent opinion on the glorious sport of rugby as seen from a Scottish perspective. Formed in 2007 following the World Cup in France it was the only site of its kind when it launched. Now some ten+ years later we have a community of regular readers and writers based around the world including some 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. 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, BT Sport, SCRUM Magazine).

Engagement in the comments section is actively encouraged as we aim to make this site and Scottish Rugby as great as it can be.

“At last, the uncompromised, uncompromising forum Scottish rugby has always lacked. A great place to read and write about the issues of the day, and an opportunity to show the world there’s life in our game yet.”

Mark Palmer, Sunday Times

About Us

Rory Baldwin
Editor & Co-Founder
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.

Cammy Black
Deputy Editor & Podcast Host
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. Cammy is the founder and host of the Scottish Rugby podcast and has also appeared as a guest on a number of radio and podcast outlets including BBC Radio Wales and Joe.IE. Find him on Twitter @CammyBlack.

Iain Hay
Senior Correspondent
Warriors season ticket holder and widely renowned ne’er-do-well, Iain has been watching rugby from a young age, but developed a true passion for the game whilst in New Zealand. Iain writes on a wide range of rugby topics. His work has also appeared in the Scotsman and he is a regular contributor to The Offside Line’s coverage of club rugby.

Sandy Smith
Edinburgh Rugby Reporter
Sandy is a passionate Edinburgh fan who also goes by “The Burgh Watch”, under which he writes for the Edinburgh matchday programme and has also penned a successful column for SCRUM Magazine.

John Anderson
Glasgow Warriors Reporter
John is the other half of the mythical Glasgow Warriors correspondent Jian Anderhay and is a regular contributor to the website and the podcast.

Ruaridh Campbell
Sevens Reporter and Referee/Laws consultant

Kevin Millar
Guest Analyst
Kevin runs the excellent Glasgow Warriors “Top of the Moon” blog and helps us out with more detailed analysis and previews during international periods.

Alastair Ross
Photographer
“The third Al” is responsible for the excellent photographs on the site. 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 or him directly.

Occasional Correspondents (and Past Legends)

Al Kerr
Co-Founder
With an early spell playing at hooker for the same school as Rory (average turnout at rugby training: 5 people including 2 girls), Al since left the dark arts of the front row behind to blaze a trail on the wing (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.

Alan Dymock
Having helped the blog become the force it is today, former Heriots and Club International prop Alan is now an award-winning features writer for Rugby World Magazine.

Jamie Lyall
Jamie is a freelance sportswriter and commentator currently working mostly for BBC Scotland. He is a former Planet Rugby staff writer, has contributed to numerous media outlets on both sides of the Equator.

Gavin Harper
A long time watcher of Edinburgh and Scotland and podcast regular, Gavin is now the editor of Scrum Magazine.

Brodie Smithers
Journalist and rugby player for @LangholmRugby and the @PigbariansRFC who created the “no-one gets a 10” rule of Player Rating, please follow @brodiesmithers.

Other semi-regular or past contributors include Alan Greenwood, Andy McLellan, Jack Mysyk, Barry John, Christie Lester, Tom Macleod, David Roulston, Ruaraidh Britton and Scrummo. A full list can be found with their articles on the archives page.