Budge Pountney retires

Budge Pountney retires

Redpath gives his backing to Pountney complaints

BRYAN Redpath, the Scotland captain, has spoken out in support of Budge Pountney after the flanker walked away from international rugby and criticised the "unprofessionalism" of the Scottish Rugby Union.

Smith props up Pountney's grievances

TOM Smith has become the first member of the Scotland squad to voice publicly his unequivocal support for Budge Pountney, the former national captain who quit Test rugby last week with a scathing attack on the SRU’s "unprofessionalism".

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Mower the likely lad as McGeechan seeks to fill big gap in back row

POPULAR opinion in the immediate aftermath of Budge Pountney’s retirement from internationals has veered between a back row with Jason White on the blind, Simon Taylor at No8 and Martin Leslie in his Edinburgh berth on the open, and one in which Pountney is replaced by Andrew Mower, first capped in 2001.

Right time for SRU to budge

EARLY on Monday evening a call came through to my office telling me of Budge Pountney’s disappearing act from Murrayfield. The flanker had left his fellow Scotland players, I was told, in no doubt that he would not be coming back.

Pountney's reasons for quitting appear thoroughly petty in cold light of day

WE’VE all got our favourite story about rugby alickadoos and after Budge Pountney’s public hand-wringing about the "unprofessional" Scottish Rugby Union I can happily contribute a couple of my own.

Leslie harbours no regrets

THERE was an air of déjà vu about Budge Pountney’s departure from the Scottish squad this week. Not in the dramatic manner of the flanker’s leave-taking, more in the fact that, for the second time in nine months, a Northampton player had decided to call a halt to his involvement with Murrayfield.

Never Budge an inch

THERE was something different about the man at the centre of this week’s storm in the sporting world, the former Scotland rugby captain Budge Pountney. He may have appeared to some as another spoilt, overpaid sportsman, as he stormed out of Scotland’s preparations for the Six Nations Championships and announced his international career to be over, but Pountney is far removed from the archetypal, pampered sporting star.

Lid lifted on grievances that players dare not voice

THERE will be a hope around Murrayfield that yesterday’s press conference, which strived to dampen the Budge Pountney revelations, will now put an end to concerns within the Scottish camp.

Frustrated players regret the loss of influential Pountney

VERY few of Budge Pountney’s colleagues in the Scotland squad were willing to put their heads above the parapet yesterday and give their verdict on the former national captain’s grievances.

Rugby chiefs admit to mistakes

THE Scottish Rugby Union has admitted that mistakes have been made over the treatment of players, following the bitter attack made by Budge Pountney, the former Scotland captain, on the game’s governing body.

'Bemused' Telfer rejects allegations

THE three most important figures at the head of the Scottish Rugby Union lined up at a press conference yesterday to answer allegations of "unprofessionalism" directed at the governing body, by hinting that its accuser, former skipper Budge Pountney, was emotional after recovering from a recent injury.

Scottish Rugby Union statement in full

THE SRU today paid tribute to openside flanker Budge Pountney, who has announced his retirement from international rugby with immediate effect.

Budge slams SRU

SCOTLAND’S Six Nations Championship and World Cup plans were dealt a major blow today as former skipper Budge Pountney announced his retirement from the Test scene.

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