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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.
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.
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.
"PUT bluntly," says Allan Munro, chairman of the SRU's executive board, "the professional game in Scotland is in danger of dying."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
POLITICIANS are to take to the rugby field when Scotland plays Australia at Murrayfield on November 6.
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.
Number one: Gary Armstrong
FOR one so young, the receptionist at the Sheraton Hotel on Edinburgh’s Lothian Road demonstrates a healthy sense of priority.
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.
HATS off to the erudite one who coined the phrase Kilted Kiwi.
The Scotsman, March 17, 1990