It’s easy to see why the SRU are eager to lure Vern Cotter from Clermont but what’s in it for the New Zealander?7 comments
IT POURED at Riverside yesterday but it failed to rain on Jed-Forest’s parade as the hosts rose to the occasion of the final round of the Kings of the Sevens competition to win their own tournament with victory over Melrose in a quality final.
AT the Ulster end-of-season dinner a couple of weeks ago, prop Paddy McAllister collected the award for Personality of the Year... except he hadn’t won it.
Ireland and Munster stand-off Ronan O’Gara announced his playing retirement yesterday and now intends to take up a coaching role with Racing Metro.
JONNY Wilkinson described winning the Heineken Cup with Toulon as a bigger achievement than his Rugby World Cup triumph with England ten years ago.
IF CLERMONT’S coach Vern Cotter is to set up office in Murrayfield as Scotland’s next coach, as looks increasingly likely, the Kiwi will do without the added kudos that comes with winning the Heineken Cup.2 comments
ALTON Towers has just unveiled the largest rollercoaster in the world but it pales beside the emotional highs and lows that assaulted Tom Heathcote last November.2 comments
SELKIRK lifted their own sevens title for the fifth time in six years in a thrilling sevens tournament yesterday, writes Atholl Innes at Philiphaugh.4 comments
THE future of Scotland’s participation in World Sevens rugby will be determined today when the Scots face Tonga in the first of the knock-out stages at this weekend’s IRB qualifying tournament at Twickenham, where eight countries are vying for three core places on next season’s IRB circuit.5 comments
TOM Croft made an irresistible case for British and Irish Lions Test team selection in Australia this summer after inspiring Leicester’s march to a ninth successive Premiership final.
WHO is the most powerful Scot in world rugby? It’s an intriguing question and the answer lies not in Murrayfield but well to the west in Dublin, where the International Rugby Board (IRB) rules over the rugby fraternity (and sorority), saints and sinners alike.4 comments
FOR the third time in the past four seasons Glasgow fell at the second from last hurdle from home. After trailing Leinster by four last season it will be scant consolation to Gregor Townsend’s men that the difference between the teams was down to two points last night.18 comments
Exeter stand-off Gareth Steenson kicked 25 points as he steered the Chiefs to victory over west country rivals Gloucester in their final game of the season in front of a full house at Sandy Park.
ALFRED Hitchcock himself would have struggled to set up the sort of tightrope thriller that unfolded at Scotstoun Stadium yesterday afternoon, with relegation now on the agenda and qualification for next season taking place next weekend in London.30 comments
Watsonians stepped up their challenge in the Kings of the Sevens race by retaining their Kelso title with a 26-24 victory over Edinburgh Accies to move into second place behind leaders Gala.2 comments
THERE was a shock result on Friday night – but it wasn’t the one that Glasgow coach Gregor Townsend was looking for.4 comments
THEY set sail out of Liverpool on 1 April and, for 31 days and nights, they bonded aboard the Ceramic.
You can’t keep a good man down for long and, after watching his Dundee team play their worst game of rugby of the season to condemn themselves to relegation from the Premier League in his last ever match as coach, Ian Rankin hopes for greater success in his next venture.5 comments
TOMORROW evening Warren Gatland will gather his selectors together for one last meeting before announcing the 2013 Lions the following morning, probably 37 players in number with Sam Warburton largely expected to captain the party in Australia.3 comments
CLERMONT have never competed in a Heineken Cup final but they booked their first appearance yesterday evening with a nervy win over Munster in Montpellier.
SELKIRK lifted the Langholm Sevens Cup for only the third time as they improved with every round to defeat Edinburgh Accies 35-10 in the final at Milntown.
WARREN Gatland’s squad should be filled with battle-hardened warriors, not those he hopes will suddenly hit the ground running after months on the sidelines.13 comments
WHAT have Jerry Guscott, Derek Quinnell, Tony O’Reilly, John Bentley, Simon Taylor, Allan Tait, Jason Robinson, Ryan Jones, Tom Croft, Will Greenwood, Tom Smith and Jeremy Davidson all got in common?1 comment
SARACENS hold the world record for the number of fans attracted to a club rugby match (83,761) but Twickenham will fall far short of that figure this afternoon when the Londoners take on the might of Toulon in the second Heineken semi-final.
GREGOR Townsend is suffering, although there is a question mark over the exact nature of what ails the Glasgow coach. He attended the club’s annual end-of-season shindig on Thursday evening and we are catching up the following day. The Borderer is definitely below par, a little peely wally.1 comment
‘WE ARE all Thatcher’s children”, or so we were informed last week. Not me, and not for any political convictions, but I was always one of Walt’s weans, reared on an undiluted diet of Disney films which is why I was thinking of Dumbo on Friday night.9 comments
Hawick made it an incredible six titles in a row after winning their own tournament at Mansfield Park with an emphatic 31-17 win over Gala in a quality final that had hugely impressive individual performances from the Greens’ stand-off Rory Hutton, their key forward Keith Davies and their prolific try scorer Neil Renwick.40 comments
Marr completed their entire season unbeaten when they clinched the RBS Shield with a clinical display that showcased their well-balanced blend of youth and experience.4 comments
Oban Lorne toasted their 50th anniversary with a thrilling RBS Bowl final win over Grangemouth Stags at Murrayfield yesterday.
Scotland’s Women got their quest to qualify for next year’s World Cup off to the perfect start in Spain yesterday when they defeated the Netherlands 29-7 in Madrid.1 comment
Whatever else might have been missing from Murrayfield, there was no shortage of drama at a nail-biting RBS Cup final.
CRAIG Chalmers sometimes doesn’t make life easy for himself, but you’d have needed a cold heart not to feel sympathy for the man yesterday as he sat, tears welling in his eyes, ruminating on the valedictory victory that had just evaporated before his eyes.4 comments
IN 2010, Clermont won the French domestic league (Top 14) for the first time in their history, getting a mountain gorilla off their back in the process and allowing the French giants to take aim at the one trophy that has eluded them thus far, the Heineken Cup.
GLASGOW head coach Gregor Townsend’s pleasure at seeing his side secure a RaboDirect PRO12 play-off spot has been tempered by the news that stand-off Duncan Weir will miss the rest of the season – and most likely the start of next – after sustaining a serious leg injury during Friday’s 35-17 win over Ospreys.1 comment
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