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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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Saracen's Duncan Taylor  takes part in the captain's run training session at BT Murrayfield. Picture: Odd Anderson/AFP/Getty

Duncan Taylor wants European happy ending

After the frustration of missing the entire international season through injury, Duncan Taylor is desperate to get back on a BT Murrayfield pitch which saw him score one of the great Scotland tries the last time he graced it.

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Clermont's Benjamin Kayser will be competing in his fifth European Cup final. Picture: Getty Images

Rugby’s big hitters set to slug it out at Murrayfield

Last weekend Wladimir Klitschko and Anthony Joshua provided great entertainment in a Wembley bout and next weekend’s encounter between Clermont and Saracens at Murrayfield promises to be another slug fest between two European heavyweights.

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Nathan Hines came so close with  Clermont Auvergne. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Divided loyalties for Nathan Hines as Clermont face Leinster

He was three years at Clermont, two at Leinster. He lifted the European Cup with the Dublin outfit and lost a final with what is still reckoned to be the best club never to have won the big one. Little wonder that Nathan Hines is torn between today’s two semi-finalists.

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Chris Wyles has great support as he rolls over to touch down for the clinching try. Picture: Getty Images

Munster 10 - 26 Saracens: Sarries on the way to Edinburgh

Saracens stormed into the final after absorbing Munster’s first-half onslaught before powering to a 26-10 victory at the Aviva Stadium.

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Lee Jones makes a try-saving tackle on Saracens' Chris Ashton. The Warriors wing says his team's focus is now firmly back on the Pro12. Picture: Getty

Lee Jones: Warriors still have Pro12 play-off chance

The pain of Sunday’s sound beating at Saracens will understandably be lingering in the Glasgow Warriors camp but, even in the post-match huddle on the Allianz Park pitch, there was a burning desire to ensure the loss did not mark the end of their season.

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Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend admitted his side 'didn't deliverl against Saracens. Picture: Alan Harvey/SNS

Gregor Townsend: Glasgow failed to deliver against Saracens

Gregor Townsend reflected with disappointment as his Glasgow Warriors side were outclassed by Saracens in the European Champions Cup quarter-final, admitting they “didn’t deliver”.

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Saracens Marcelo Bosch breaks clear to score a second-half tryagainst Glasgow Warriors. Picture: Getty.

Saracens’ strength and skill too much for Glasgow Warriors

Glasgow’s historic run to the quarter-finals of the European Champions Cup came to a shuddering halt as they were brushed aside by a ruthless Saracens side.

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Schalk Brits of Saracens breaks with the ball during the clash at the Allianz Stadium. Picture: Getty

Saracens 38 - 13 Glasgow: Warriors crash out of Europe

Glasgow’s historic run to the quarter-finals of the European Champions Cup came to a shuddering halt as they were brushed aside by a ruthless Saracens side.

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Carl Hogg, Head Coach of Worcester Warriors. Picture: Tony Marshall/Getty Images

Carl Hogg’s Warriors guide to beating Saracens

Worcester head coach and former Scotland cap Carl Hogg materminded a stunning win over Saracens in February. Here he explains how he did it:

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Saracens' Jim Hamilton poses during the Heineken Presents Take the Hit with School of Hard Knocks, a charity which works to tackle unemployment through rugby. To donate, visit  Picture: Christopher Lee/Getty Images for Heineken Rugby

Saracens v Glasgow: Euro Champions Cup quarter-final bingo

What to look out for Allianz Park this afternoon....

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Duncan Taylor  wants to get back into the action. Picture: Gary Hutchinson/SNS

Scotland’s Duncan Taylor is back and gunning for Glasgow

Saracens’ centre Duncan Taylor has the reputation of being the most laid-back character in any dressing room and all the evidence bears this out. We end up speaking one day later than scheduled because on the due date the Scotland international returned from training and fell fast asleep on the sofa for a couple of hours.

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Leinsters Sean OBrien takes on  Wasps Thomas Young, left, and  the former Irish club favourite Jimmy Gopperth in yesterdays Dublin encounter.  Photograph: PA

Leinster power into semi-finals

Fergus McFadden’s 73rd-minute try took the sting out of Wasps’ second-half comeback as Leinster reached the Champions Cup semi-finals with a 32-17 win at the Aviva Stadium.

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Toulouse's French fly-half Jean-Marc Doussain is tackled. His third penalty brought wind-backed Toulouse to within four points. Picture: Paul Faith/Getty Images

Munster 41 - 16 Toulouse: Glasgow or Saracens next up

Munster started and finished strongly to set up a 41-16 win over Toulouse at Thomond Park – and a place in the Champions Cup semi-finals against the winners of today’s tie between Saracens and Glasgow.

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Glasgow Warriors close ranks during training at Scotstoun. Picture: Roddy Scott/SNS

Glasgow pick Henry Pyrgos over Ali Price for Saracens clash

The last time Scottish rugby
fans converged on London with hope in their hearts they beat a hasty retreat with their tails between their legs following that Twickenham rout in the Six Nations but Gregor Townsend has picked a strong Glasgow squad for tomorrow’s Champions Cup quarter-final which should be competitive against what the Warriors’ coach calls “the best team in Europe”.

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