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Scottish & Newcastle Part II

Phil Godman - picture courtesy of Edinburgh Rugby

After looking at Newcastle as a World Cup venue, Cameron Black turns his attention to the many barely-exiled Scottish-qualified players lurking just beneath the surface at Newcastle Falcons.

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It has been confirmed that Scotland Sevens will be representing the land of wild haggis, Nessie and the Buckfast triangle at this years Commonwealth Games. Whether they will send the usual mix of academy players and the legend that is Colin Gregor, or whether they will turn out a team of pro-team ringers as they […]

Scotland A Squad Features New Faces

…As well as a few old ones. Ally Hogg continues the rehab of his playing career and he will be one of the old heads relied on to guide the younger players through the tournament. I would also look for hooker Fergus Thomson to make a big push here for senior selection in the autumn […]

Edinburgh Boost Sevens Squad

Scotland have announced a strong(ish) Sevens squad for the final two World Series events of the season taking place in the UK.

Tait Takes Over Falcons

Former Scotland and Lions cross-code legend Alan Tait is to take over control of the Newcastle Falcons following the departure of his long time partner in crime. Great to see another Scottish coach being given a chance to cut his teeth at the highest level of club rugby. Hopefully the policy of using the Borders […]

Glasgow Make The Playoffs

Congratulations to Sean Lineen and the Glasgow team who have made it through to the playoffs with one week of the season remaining. A strong showing against the Scarlets and they may still sneak a home semi, which would be invaluable considering the candidates in opposition are likely to be Leinster, Munster or the Ospreys. […]

Hoggy Out, Rennie In

Busy week this one! Scottish Rugby is like buses – it makes a mess of Edinburgh city centre. The SRU have announced that they are withdrawing from bidding for the 2013 IRB Sevens World Cup (potentially the last before it goes Olympic) due to (yet again) a lack of broadcaster interest. And Ally Hogg is […]

New Scotland Squad for Autumn

Scotland squad: John Barclay (Glasgow Warriors), Johnnie Beattie (Glasgow Warriors), Mike Blair (Edinburgh), Kelly Brown (Glasgow Warriors), Ben Cairns (Edinburgh), Geoff Cross (Edinburgh), Chris Cusiter (Glasgow Warriors), Simon Danielli (Ulster), Nick De Luca (Edinburgh), Alasdair Dickinson (Gloucester), Thom Evans (Glasgow Warriors), Ross Ford (Edinburgh), Phil Godman (Edinburgh), Alex Grove (Worcester Warriors), Dougie Hall (Glasgow Warriors), […]

Weekend Round Up

So this weekend we had both Edinburgh and Glasgow beating top clubs (if not their top teams) and the arrival of a new TV programme. Marvellous! First up were Edinburgh who took Cardiff to the cleaners in the first half through some solid forward play from the relatively under-rated talents of Hoggy, Roddy Grant and […]

Scots Give Strong Showing in Sevens

… Mike Blair, not so much. Scotland’s patchwork Sevens squad did the nation proud and narrowly missed out on beating IRB series winners South Africa to a place in their first cup final. In front of a home crowd sunning its pasty white self beneath rare Scottish sunshine (tops off at the first opportunity as […]

Edinburgh beat Cardiff to finish Second

Cardiff 14 – 36 Edinburgh Edinburgh put together a solid performance in defence coupled with some excellent counter-attacking rugby to snatch a record second place finish in the Magners League with an away victory in the last match to be played at Cardiff Arms Park. A few decisions from Irish ref Simon McDowell that were […]

It’s Rob Dewey Time

It’s about that time of year when the pre-Six Nations player roundabout starts, so with that in mind I have a few snippets for you. Rob Dewey returns to Murrayfield this week (alongside former Scotland coach and silver surfer Matt Williams) with Ulster, and rumours are flying that he has begun negotiations with the SRU […]

Weekend Roundup

Glasgow 9-15 Toulose In the first half this was there for the taking, but by the time the second half got into its stride so did Toulose, With a couple of moments of typical clinical brilliance from Jauzion and Skrela forcing Glasgow to chase the result, and they actually came very close on a couple […]

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