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Glasgow Warriors sign Italy forward Samuela Vunisa

Glasgow have signed Italy forward Samuela Vunisa from European champions Saracens.

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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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Continuity: Gregor Townsend may have exited Glasgow for Scotland but ties are still strong.  Photograph: Craig Williamson/SNS

Scots rugby needs strong Edinburgh says Gregor Townsend

Gregor Townsend may have effectively taken over as Scotland coach last weekend, naming his squad for the summer tour on the Monday, but it will be this week when he actually starts to work with the players at the Oriam training camp that the job really begins.

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Glasgow's Rob Harley challenges Edinburgh's Cornell du Preez during the 1872 Cup second leg at Scotstoun. Picture: SNS

Edinburgh rip up script for Gregor Townsend’s Glasgow exit

It wasn’t a classic game of rugby but there were no shortage of narrative threads in Saturday evening’s surprise 29-18 win for Edinburgh at Scotstoun, which brought the curtain down on the domestic professional season.

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Gregor Townsend pays tribute to the strong Glasgow support. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS

Gregor Townsend says goodbye with pride in club’s advance

It was with mixed emotions that interim Edinburgh coach Duncan Hodge spoke to the media after this match. He was thinking exactly the same thing the journalists were, had his team played like this in every match he might have taken the Edinburgh reins on a permanent basis.

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Full-back Glen Bryce dives over the line to score Edinburghs second try. Photograph: Bill Murray/SNS

Glasgow Warriors 18 - 29 Edinburgh: Weir spoils the party

After a miserable season that included a record run of losses, Edinburgh’s put-upon players got a sniff of redemption and they grabbed it with both hands. This was their first win in Glasgow since 2003, which puts the result into perspective – and it was no fluke.

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Gregor Townsend, right, who oversees his final game as Glasgow coach in Saturday's 1872 Cup second leg, celebrates after guiding his side to their famous win over Munster in the 2015 Guinness Pro12 final. Picture: SNS/SRU

Gregor Townsend in better position now to enjoy Scotland job

When Gregor Townsend took over as head coach of Glasgow Warriors in 2012 he viewed it as a welcome escape from the international arena, which he confessed yesterday he hadn’t enjoyed all that much.

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Glasgow winger Sean Lamont is set to feature against Edinburgh in his final game before hanging up his boots. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS

Allan Massie: Retiring Sean Lamont a wholehearted Warrior

It seemed disappointing when the inter-city matches for the 1872 Cup were no longer a double-header over Christmas and New Year. Now, with neither Glasgow nor Edinburgh involved in the Guinness Pro12 play-offs, the second leg of the Cup-tie makes for an agreeable end to the season. Glasgow are at home, start with a useful lead and should win, but Edinburgh have tended to raise their game against their domestic rival, and may do so again, no matter how wayward and often, frankly, feeble they have been so often this season.

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Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend will take charge of Scotland after this weekend. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS

Gregor Townsend tells Edinburgh and Glasgow: must do better

As Gregor Townsend prepares to take over as Scotland head coach, he has issued a “must do better” demand to both pro teams ahead of this evening’s season-ending Glasgow v Edinburgh inter-city clash.

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Glasgow winger Tommy Seymour is in the Pro12 Dream Team. Picture: Toby Williams

Tommy Seymour and Ben Toolis in Guinness Pro12 Dream Team

Glasgow winger Tommy Seymour and Edinburgh lock Ben Toolis have been named in this season’s Guinness Pro12 Dream Team.

The pair are the only two Scots in the side which was voted for by a media panel comprising journalists and broadcasters from Italy, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Players from Irish sides dominate the XV.

The full team is:

15 Tiernan O’Halloran (Connacht)

14 Tommy Seymour (Glasgow)

13 Jaco Taute (Munster)

12 Rory Scannell (Munster)

11 Charles Piutau (Ulster)

10 Tyler Bleyendaal (Munster)

9 Ruan Pienaar (Ulster)

1 Dave Kilcoyne (Munster)

2 Ken Owens (Scarlets)

3 John Ryan (Munster)

4 Ben Toolis (Edinburgh)

5 Billy Holland (Munster)

6 Dan Leavy (Leinster)

7 James Davies (Scarlets)

8 Jack Conan (Leinster)

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Glasgow hooker Fraser Brown left Edinburgh six years ago but says 'there's always going to be a bit of rivalry there'. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS

Extra spice for Fraser Brown as Glasgow host Edinburgh

Having failed to make the Pro12 play-offs for the first time in six years, every member of the Glasgow Warriors squad will feel they have a point to prove when they bring the curtain down on a disappointing campaign at home to Edinburgh tomorrow evening.

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Mike Blair will combine his duties at Glasgow Warriors with his new role as Scotland skills coach. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS/SRU

Mike Blair to become Scotland’s skills coach

The final major cog in Gregor Townsend’s Scotland back-room set-up emerged yesterday with the news that Mike Blair will join his team as skills coach.

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Peter Horne has flourished under Gregor Townsend, with the coach allowing the inside centre to demonstrate his game intelligence. Picture: SNS/SRU

Peter Horne hails influence of Glasgow coach Gregor Townsend

Peter Horne will always be grateful to Sean Lineen for handing him his first full-time professional contract with Glasgow Warriors in the summer of 2009 when he was just 19 years old, but it is Gregor Townsend that he credits with allowing him to flourish as a ball-playing inside centre for both club and country.

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Go to man: Hamish Watson was a key player for Edinburgh in the first leg of the 1872 Cup and will surely be again next Saturday at Scotstoun. Photograph: Bill Murray/SNS

1872 Cup a trial of strength for Scots

As oldest of rivals meet, Iain Morrison casts his eye over what, despite being a dead rubber, could be seen as a return of the Scotland trial

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Finn Russell scored a late try for Glasgow.  Picture: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Leinster 31 - 30 Glasgow: Lights go out on Warriors

Glasgow were denied an unlikely comeback victory as Joey Carbery’s late penalty ended Gregor Townsend’s hopes of a Pro12 semi-final in his final season as Warriors boss.

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Racing's Fijian lock Leon Nakarawa in action against Glasgow Warriors during the European Champions Cup. Picture: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images)

Leone Nakarawa keen on Glasgow Warriors return - reports

Former Glagow Warriors lock Leone Nakarawa is unhappy at Racing 92 and would welcome a move back to Scotstoun, according to reports in France.

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Henry Pyrgos sees plenty of motivating factors as Glasgow Warriors go into their last two fixtures against Leinster and Edinburgh.

Henry Pyrgos calls for winning finale to Warriors season

Technically, Glasgow still have a chance of reaching the Guinness Pro12 play-offs but it is the kind of theoretical mathematical possibility that would form the basis of a Professor Stephen Hawking lecture or perhaps even the plot of a 
Doctor Who episode.

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Brian Alainu'uese has signed a new three-year deal at Scotsoun.

Glasgow’s Brian Alainu’uese: People think I play basketball

Glasgow Warriors’ recent success has certainly raised the profile of the oval ball game in Scotland’s football-obsessed largest city but it remains the case that many of the team’s stars still enjoy an element of anonymity not afforded to their soccer counterparts.

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