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European Rugby Champions Cup

Stuart Hogg smashes club speed test to earn a start for Glasgow

If Wile E. Coyote had his work cut out trying to catch Road Runner then he would have had no chance with Stuart Hogg.

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Jamie Bhatti will be up against Lions prop Tadhg Furlong on Saturday. Picture: SNS/SRU

Glasgow Warriors’ Jamie Bhatti ready to roar into lion’s den

Jamie Bhatti has taken a circuitous rout into professional rugby and, on Saturday, the biggest game of his short career to date.

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Glasgow Warriors' Stuart Hogg trains at Scotstoun. Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS/SRU

Stuart Hogg rides to rescue of Glasgow’s European campaign

Leinster may have Jonny 
Sexton and Sean O’Brien back in harness for Saturday’s crunch tie against Glasgow at Scotstoun but they are not the only ones to get a timely injury boost as Stuart Hogg looks set to make his first appearance of the season after injuring himself with the Lions in New Zealand and opting for surgery on a troublesome shoulder.

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Sam Simmonds' late try for Exeter completed a disappointing day for Glasgow Warriors. Picture: Getty.

Exeter Chiefs’ big men bully Glasgow Warriors into submission

Remember the school bully in the playground who would stick your head in an arm lock and keep it there no matter how much wriggling you did. That is exactly what Exeter did to Glasgow on Saturday evening at Sandy Park.

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Dave Rennie was disappointed in defeat. Picture: Getty Images

Dave Rennie frustrated as Chiefs ‘choke’ Glasgow ambitions

Dave Rennie has spent the last five years cheering on professional and clinical performances from the Chiefs back home in his native New Zealand and the Glasgow coach was forced to do the exact same thing last night at Sandy Park.

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Exeter celebrate after Sam Simmonds scores his side's third try. Picture: Getty

Exeter 24 - 15 Glasgow: Warriors’ unbeaten start comes to an end

Glasgow’s winning start to the season hit the buffers yesterday evening in the West Country when Exeter Chiefs muscled the Warriors to a standstill, but only after the visitors had raced into a early 10-0 lead.

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Glasgow Warriors' Finn Russell was in fine form in South Africa against the Cheetahs. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS/SRU

Allan Massie: Glasgow can prove the English doubters wrong

H alf a dozen or more pundits from south of the Border have Glasgow coming bottom of their Champions Cup pool; predictions to be stuck up on the dressing-room noticeboard. It’s a hard pool certainly, one of the two toughest. Exeter are the English champions, having beaten Saracens with a last-minute try in the final, just a few weeks after Saracens had given Glasgow a bit of a thumping in the quarter-final at Allianz Park. Montpellier, meanwhile are top of the French League, and Leinster – well, we all know just how good Leinster can be.

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Lee Jones will start for Glasgow Warriors against Exeter. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS

Dave Rennie warns Exeter will take Glasgow to a new level

The last time Glasgow 
travelled south to stand toe to toe with the reigning 
English champions it did not end well for the Warriors, who were given a lesson in clinical, physical finishing by 
Saracens.

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Glasgow Warriors head coach Dave Rennie. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS/SRU

Glasgow Warriors name team for Euro opener at Exeter Chiefs

The return of Peter Horne at centre and Lee Jones on the wing are the only two changes coach Dave Rennie has made to his side for tomorrow’s European Champions Cup opener at Exeter Chiefs from last week’s win over the Cheetahs in South Africa.

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Ruaridh Jackson has played in all six of Glasgow's Guinness Pro14 victories this season. Picture: SNS/SRU

Ruaridh Jackson says Scotland call is not be-all and end-all

Ruaridh Jackson insists that he is so delighted to be stringing successive games together after a sporadic couple of seasons that he is not entertaining any thoughts of running out at BT Murrayfield wearing the Scotland No 15 jersey.

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Sam Johnson has been encouraged to show more aggression. Picture: SNS/SRU

Glasgow’s Sam Johnson fired up for Exeter Chiefs challenge

Glasgow Warriors centre Sam Johnson is hoping his impressive performance against the Cheetahs has earned him the chance to unleash some more “brutality” at Exeter Chiefs on Saturday.

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Glasgow Warriors head coach Dave Rennie  with assistant Mike Blair during training at Scotstoun

They’re all groups of death now says Glasgow coach Mike Blair

“Group of death” is a chestnut old enough that the Scotland football team has even been part of the occasional one at a major finals in the dim and distant past.

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Dan Biggar will move from the Ospreys  to Northampton next season. Picture: Harry Trump/Getty Images

A guide to rugby’s Champions Cup pools

Iain Morrison looks at the pools assesses the teams and picks the likely winners.

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Glasgow Warriors head coach Dave Rennie. Picture: SNS

Glasgow Warriors’ Champions Cup fixtures announced

Glasgow Warriors will begin their European Rugby Champions Cup campaign with a trip to English champions Exeter Chiefs.

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Former Scotland coach Vern Cotter is now in charge of Montpellier. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Glasgow Warriors to face Vern Cotter in Euro Champions Cup

Glasgow Warriors will be up against former Scotland coach Vern Cotter in next season’s European Champions Cup after a tough draw paired them with Montpellier.

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Retired BBC Radio Scotland rugby commentator Bill Johnstone outside Jedburgh Abbey. Picture: John Devlin

Interview: Bill Johnstone on his life behind the microphone

The tape recorder has just been activated to capture what turns into a fabulously entertaining hour in the company of freshly retired Radio Scotland rugby commentator Bill Johnstone when, right on cue, a visual trip down memory lane appears on the table to kick off the chat, or “blether” as he would say, perfectly.

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Glasgow Warriors take on Edinburgh in the Pro12. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS

Scotland loses guaranteed place in European Champions Cup

Scotland will no longer be guaranteed a place in the European Rugby Champions Cup under new qualification rules to be brought in next season.

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Jim Hamilton is bowing out as a European Cup winner with Saracens. Picture: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Jim Hamilton announces his retirement from rugby after final

Saracens lock Jim Hamilton stepped off the bench to help his side win the Eurpean Champions Cup then announced his retirement from rugby.

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Scotland centre Duncan Taylor, centre, celebrates with Brad Barritt, left, and Marcelo Bosch. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

Saracens make it a Euro double

Saracens march on, European champions for the second successive year and on this form pretty much unstoppable. You might as well attempt to turn back the tide as halt the waves of red jerseys battering their way forward in yesterday’s final at Murrayfield.

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Clermont Auvergne's English winger David Strettle could be a key man for the French side against Saracens at BT Murrayfield. Picture: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Allan Massie: Attackers can turn European final into classic

Two French clubs featured in the previous Murrayfield European Cup final, back in the Heineken days, and it was such a dull, drab and timid game that I don’t remember which they were. Today’s match between Clermont Auvergne and Saracens promises to be considerably livelier. They are the two best teams in Europe, even though neither may finish the season as their national champions; and both play intelligent and often audacious rugby.

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