Guide to Scottish Rugby

Guide to Scottish Rugby

Rugby was good to me, it's time to return favour

SIR DAVID MURRAY has hinted at an element of payback to rugby with regard to a £2.7million jersey sponsorship for the Scotland team through his Murray International company.

Guru double act helping Smith fit bill for Scotland

CRAIG SMITH today hailed assistance from two of Scotland's top fitness gurus as he put a nine month injury nightmare behind him to return to the international rugby arena.

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Lawson warns of USA threat in Churchill Cup

CAPTAIN Rory Lawson will draw on the experience of a summer rugby stint in the Long Island area of New York to warn his Scotland A colleagues of the inherent dangers in tomorrow's opening Churchill Cup rugby clash with the USA at Henley.

Five Edinburgh men in Churchhill Cup side

COACH Frank Hadden has named five current Edinburgh players in his 29-man Scotland A squad for next week's Barclays Churchill Cup in England.

MacDougall goes back to league - but still hopes for World Cup call

THE SRU's closure of the Borders has left Frank Hadden with a headache over his World Cup centres after Ben MacDougall revealed yesterday he had been forced into returning to rugby league.

SRU board should resign over Reivers decision

"PUT bluntly," says Allan Munro, chairman of the SRU's executive board, "the professional game in Scotland is in danger of dying."

Angry councillors call for intervention of Sports Minister

BORDERS councillors yesterday issued a scathing attack on the Scottish Rugby Union over its decision to scrap the professional team and called for the intervention of the Scottish Executive's Sports Minister.

'I thought: this looks bad for Scottish rugby, and I'm part of it'

SIMON Taylor admitted he felt sorry for supporters and his team-mates when news of his impending move to French rugby emerged on the day Scotland faced Ireland in the RBS Six Nations Championship.

SRU set us up to fail, claim angry Borders players as revolt erupts

BORDERS rugby players last night launched an astonishing attack on their employers and the Scotland national coach as the row over the decision to shut down the Reivers professional team erupted.

Murray and Lamont join exodus of Scots talent

SCOTTISH rugby's talent drain claimed two more victims yesterday when the SRU revealed that internationals Rory Lamont and Euan Murray are leaving Glasgow for England.

Flamboyant reds bring a passion for game to stir the blood

WHEN I was young - and this was long before the golden days of Gareth, Barry, Gerald & Co - Wales were always the glamour team. They didn't, as I was to discover later, always play glamorously. Welsh front-row forwards, on day-release from the coal mines, were, not surprisingly, masters of the dark arts.

Whether born here or not, Scotland's players must be committed

GAVIN Henson is not only a talented rugby player but evidently a young man of strong views also; and so he has been raising a bit of a stushie down in Wales.

Stop handing out cheap caps and force imports to earn the honour

THE dust has been settling at Murrayfield, though I suppose it would take no more than a puff of wind to stir it up again.

Left and right wingers only

POLITICIANS are to take to the rugby field when Scotland plays Australia at Murrayfield on November 6.

The age of Telfer

IN THE near quarter-century since 1980, Scottish rugby has been dominated as never before by one man: Jim Telfer. Future historians of the game will call this period "the Age of Telfer". He didn’t, of course, coach the national side throughout the 23 years and it was only in the early 1990s that he became Scotland’s first director of rugby.

Best of the best

Number one: Gary Armstrong

Broon frae Troon

FOR one so young, the receptionist at the Sheraton Hotel on Edinburgh’s Lothian Road demonstrates a healthy sense of priority.

Join our club

CLUB rugby is not what it was. There are no 3rd XVs any more, the great days of 3,000-4,000 supporters have gone and clubs are becoming empty museums to the past.

Flags of convenience

HATS off to the erudite one who coined the phrase Kilted Kiwi.

Sole's decision on wind quickly justified

The Scotsman, March 17, 1990

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