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Munster 22 - Scarlets 46: John Barclay leads side to glory

The Scarlets, led by Scotland skipper John Barclay, overcame the odds and the vast majority of supporters at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium to register their first title triumph since 2004 when they were the “Llanelli Scarlets”. It was a record score, a record margin of victory and all played out in front of a record crowd for a Pro12 final.

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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'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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Mirco Bergamasco at the Stadio Flaminio which could host a new Pro12 side in Rome, but the ground is in need of an upgrade. Photograph: Claudio Villa/Getty

Pro12: Will it be arrivederci Zebre and Treviso?

The Guinness Pro12 looks set for the biggest shake-up since the Italian teams were invited to the party back in 2010 only this time the Italian teams, Zebre and Benetton Treviso, are in danger of being shown the exit door instead.

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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 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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Sam Hidalgo-Clyne is set to start for Edinburgh in the 1872 Cup second leg against Glasgow Warriors. Picture: SNS

Edinburgh eager to spoil Glasgow’s 1872 Cup party

While much of the focus on today’s 1872 Cup season-ender has been on the fact it is 
Gregor Townsend’s final match in charge of Glasgow before taking over as Scotland coach, Edinburgh are facing a similar sense of era shift and are determined to spoil the Scotstoun party.

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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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Duncan Hodge will resume his role working with Edinburgh's backs next season. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS

Duncan Hodge happy to be going back on attack with Edinburgh

Duncan Hodge says he is looking forward to getting back to the job he knows best, working with the backs as attack coach, after a bruising few months as acting boss of Edinburgh.

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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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Centre Robbie Fruean could be poised for a move to Edinburgh from Bath. Picture/Getty Images

Edinburgh Rugby make move for Bath centre Robbie Fruean

Edinburgh Rugby look on course for a major new signing with local reports suggesting Bath centre Robbie Fruean is heading north.

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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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Andy Irvine, Edinburgh Rugby MD Jon Petrie, and George Watson's Melvyn Roffe Principal at Myreside.
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Edinburgh Rugby ask supporters about future at Myreside

Edinburgh Rugby have begun the consultation process to determine whether they continue to play their home games at Myreside next season.

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Edinburgh's Damien Hoyland was in try-scoring form against Dragons on Friday. Picture: Rob Casey/SNS

Scotland hopeful Damien Hoyland bids to impress Gregor Townsend

Edinburgh wing Damien Hoyland makes no bones about the fact he is viewing Saturday’s season-ender against Glasgow at Scotstoun as an opportunity to play his way on to the plane for Scotland’s summer tour.

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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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Grant Gilchrist celebrates with team-mates after his late lunge for the line gave Edinburgh victory. Picture: SNS.

Edinburgh 24 - 20 Dragons: Grant Gilchrist clinches late victory

Edinburgh staged a remarkable comeback to end their nine-game losing streak and inject a rare bit of joy into what has been a miserable season as they dramatically defeated the Dragons at Myreside.

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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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