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Analysis: Barclay’s Breakdown Influence

Jamie Lyall takes a look at the impact John Barclay had in defence and at the breakdown when he was brought on against Japan in last week’s win, and gives his thoughts on how crucial his role is to any success in Sunday’s Springbok showdown.

Scott to Miss Remaining Autumn Tests

Matt Scott and David Denton - pic © Al Ross

Matt Scott will miss Scotland’s remaining Autumn Tests and as a result of injuries a number of players have been called up to the Scotland squad.

Samoa 16-17 Scotland

Rob Harley - pic courtesy SRU

Scotland went to Samoa in search of a 3-0 test-series win in the southern hemisphere, and came away with one, but only just.

Australia 6-9 Scotland

Scotland win rain - pic courtesy SRU

Scotland went in unheralded by many, and came away with their first away win in Australia in 30 years.

Edinburgh Rugby Calendar Now On Sale

Chris Paterson and Nick de Luca

After the launch party last week, and Edinburgh Rugby’s victory at the weekend, we thought you might like to see some of your favourite comeback kings with their tops off. For the third year running Edinburgh Rugby players have bared all (well almost) to raise money for Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres, and for those of […]

World Cup Squad Preview: Forwards

As Rory has chosen to focus on the backs he has left me with the slightly easier task of looking at the forwards. The reason this is easier is because Andy Robinson has a pretty samey starting pack and, barring injury, I can’t imagine it will change too much for the first game in the […]

1872 Cup – Round 1 Preview

With the 1872 Cup kicking off on Monday (1735GMT kickoff, coverage via BBC Alba), we take a look at some of the key team matchups for the game.

Edinburgh A Bit Rubbish, Really

I am not just talking about the cold and snowy weather that has kept my southern colleague Al “working from home” a lot recently. I refer, of course, to the crappy game against Ospreys at the weekend where through a combination of their own inability to hold on to the ball and, um, welsh people, […]

Edinburgh find their Form

Edinburgh finally reversed the losing streak that has dogged them since the end of last season, and did so in some style against a Leinster team that boasted most of its all-star Lions (save for Nathan Hines) returning to action just in time for the start of the season, I mean um, the Heineken Cup.  […]

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 […]

Player News – Rory Lamont and more

Rory Lamont will be out of the Six Nations while he recovers from ankle surgery made necessary after ligament damage sustained playing for Sale against Montauban. This is a real shame as he was in a rich vein of form, and it may well affect his outside chances of a Lions berth – while it […]

Match of the Day?

It’s not quite in name at least, but it looks like the campaign for a Match of the Day for Rugby has finally scored some points, with the announcement of a highlights show to be screened on ITV4 (and repeated at an unsocial hour on ITV1) on Sundays at 6.30pm. ITV have recently acquired the […]

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