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English chief says international calendar is ‘unsustainable’

English Premiership Rugby bosses have called for a swift resolution to the “unsustainable” Test season.

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Ayr have drafted Scotland centre Mark Bennett for the new season. Picture: Jane Barlow

Pro players allocated clubs in draft for new season

The Scottish Rugby Union has announced the BT Premiership draft picks for the new club season which kicks off on Saturday.

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Melrose's Neil Irvine Hess celebrates the Borders side's second try. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

Heriot’s 7 - 36 Melrose: Slick Borderers win Charity Shield

Melrose picked up the first silverware of the season with a very impressive 36-7 win over Heriot’s in the BT Charity Shield at Goldenacre last night.

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Rory Carmichael of Heriot's, right, will take on Melrose, featuring  Bruce Colvine, left, in the Charity Shield. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS/SRU

New Heriot’s captain Rory Carmichael sets sights on Shield

Taking the captaincy of a team that won everything on offer the previous season could be viewed as a poisoned chalice but Rory Carmichael is relishing leading Heriot’s into the new club season, with tonight’s BT Charity Shield clash with Melrose at Goldenacre the curtain-raiser.

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The Annan RFC contingent celebrate with their BT Club of the Season award at Friday nights awards dinner at BT Murrayfield. Picture: Rob Casey/SNS/SRU

Club of the Year award ‘better than trophies’ for Annan RFC

Annan RFC have a few notable achievements to their name, ranging from holding the national record of seven straight divisional championships and promotions to being the first Scottish rugby club to launch a website. However, being named as BT Club of the Season at the weekend’s Scottish Rugby Awards has been hailed as the greatest moment in their history.

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Iain Morrison: One-club man. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Iain Morrison to enter London Scottish Hall of Fame

Iain Morrison, the former Scotland flanker turned rugby journalist, will be inducted into the London Scottish Hall of Fame at the club’s end-of-season dinner tonight.

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Centre Alex Dunbar has been in good form for Glasgow. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS?SRU

Alex Dunbar out of Scotland tour, replaced by Matt Scott

Glasgow centre Alex Dunbar has been ruled out of Saturday’s Pro12 semi-final against Connacht in Galway and the Scotland tour of Japan this summer with a knee injury.

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Ruaridh Jackson featured for Scotland against Wales in the Six Nations. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS/SRU

Scotland cap Ruaridh Jackson leaves Wasps to join Harlequins

Scotland international Ruaridh Jackson will leave Wasps to join Harlequins at the end of the Aviva Premiership season.

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Heriot's scrum-half Tom Wilson gets ready to puts the ball in against Ayr at Millbrae. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

Club set-up is ever-more professional

There may be a few outstanding fixtures with some promotions and relegations down the leagues still to be determined but the curtain effectively came down on the club season with Heriot’s double-clinching victory in the BT 
Premiership final at Ayr.

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A delighted Heriots captain Jack Turley lifts the trophy after his sides Premiership title win. Picture: SNS

Winning habit carries Heriot’s to BT Premiership title

It may be a cliché but the old adage that winning is a habit which seems to become increasingly hard to break was evidenced once again on Saturday when Heriot’s found a way to win the BT Premiership final at Ayr.

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Gala's Frankie Robson, pictured left earlier in the season, scored a stunning try against Marr.

Gala 22 - 10 Marr: Gala preserve top-flight status

Gala retained their Premiership status after overcoming the challenge of the National League One runners-up, Marr, in yesterday’s relegation play-off match at Bridgehaugh.

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Heriot's captain Jack Turley celebrates his side's BT Premiership title success. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

Ayr 26 – 29 Heriot’s: Double success for Heriot’s

It’s been a memorable eight days for Heriot’s, who backed up last Saturday’s BT Cup win with the league double. It was just a shame that such an entertaining match, with a total of nine tries all told, should have ended in controversy: the last score, a penalty try five minutes from time, proved decisive to the fury of the local crowd. The officials didn’t collect their post match medals as is customary.

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Heriot's John Semple could be a key man when his side face Ayr for the BT Premiership crown at Millbrae today. Picture: SNS/SRU

Heriot’s looking to seal league and cup double at Millbrae

Heriot’s travel to face Ayr in the BT Premiership final today hoping to become the fifth club to complete a league and cup double.

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Heriots players celebrate winning the BT Cup final at Murrayfield on Saturday after they beat border rivals Melrose in a tense match. Picture: SNS

Neil Cochrane makes difference as Heriot’s sweep to fourth cup triumph

Edinburgh hooker Neil Cochrane admitted he felt sympathy for the Heriot’s player who missed out on Saturday’s BT Cup final but was delighted to score both the Goldenacre club’s tries as they beat Melrose to lift the trophy for a fourth time.

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Lisa Martin of Murrayfield Wanderers got her hands on the cup. Picture: SNS/SRU

Cup joy for Murrayfield Wanderers

Murrayfield Wanderers won the Sarah Beaney Cup for the 12th time since the tournament began in 2001 with a 30-10 victory over Hillhead/Jordanhill.

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Lisa Martin of Murrayfield Wanderers got here hands on the cup. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS/SRU

Murrayfield Wanderers 30-10 Hillhead/Jordanhill: Rockin’ Rollie fires up Wanderers

By gary heatly

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Heriots lift the trophy after Melrose were made to pay for their sins when players were yellow carded.  Picture: SNS

Melrose 13-21 Heriot’s: Heriot’s put boot in to take BT Cup as Melrose pay penalty

Heriot’s won this final to claim their second BT Cup in three years and set up a famous double opportunity with the Premiership play-off final scheduled for Saturday in Ayr. Both teams scored two tries but the Edinburgh club triumphed thanks to three penalties and a conversion from full-back John Semple when all Melrose managed with the boot was a solitary drop-goal.

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A victorious Carrick lift the BT Shield

Carrick collect the BT Shield

By Gary Heatly

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Heriot's stand-off Gregor McNeish and Melrose captain Bruce Colvine promote the BT Cup final at Murrayfield. Photograph: SNS/SRU

Heriot’s and Melrose chase BT Cup glory

If cup finals are as much a test of temperament as talent then Heriot’s stand-off Gregor McNeish has proven he is the man for the big moments.

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Gregor McNeish of Heriot's, left, will lock horns with Bruce Colvine of Melrose in Saturday's BT Cup final. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS

Make BT final free to bring back crowds, says Heriot’s coach

Heriot’s coach Phil Smith has advocated making entry free to the BT Finals day in a bid to boost the crowd.

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