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Retiring Sean Lamont’s legacy is young Warriors

The most experienced voice in the Glasgow Warriors dressing room is almost certainly going to be missing next season. Sean Lamont, the wing with more than 100 caps for his country as well as the club, has let it be known he will retire in the summer.

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Uini Atonio bears down on Hamish Watson during the RBS Six Nations match between France and Scotland at Stade de France last month. Picture: David Rogers/Getty Images

Dell relaxed over rematch with French giant in Euro tie

If Allan Dell is feeling any trepidation about the prospect of a swift rematch against the massive 24-and-a-half-stone French prop Uini Atonio, then it doesn’t show.

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Mark Bennett breaks away to score his long-range try against Dragons. Picture: SNS.

Glasgow Warriors pile on tries after slow start

Not so many years back, if a Glasgow/Dragons game was taking place in your back garden you’d have drawn the curtains, such was the stodgy fare on offer. Now, thanks to Scotstoun’s artificial pitch, a let-up in the weather and genuine ambition from both sides, we were entertained by a nine-try extravaganza, even if it was a little too one-sided to truly engage any but the hard core 
Warrior fans.

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Nick Grigg scores his second try, kick-starting an eventually comfortable victory for the Warriors.  Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS

Glasgow 47 - 17 Dragons: Warriors run in seven tries

The Warriors duly ended a three-match losing streak in the Guinness Pro12 with this regulation win over the Dragons at Scotstoun but Gregor Townsend’s troops have only rarely hit their straps this season and they struggled for the first 40 yesterday afternoon before stretching their legs and their lead in the second half, five of their seven tries coming after the break.

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Glasgow head coach Gregor Townsend says the upside to being without his key internationalists is that he can blood other players: Picture: SNS

Gregor Townsend sees upside to absence of Glasgow stars

Since the Test windows have just about derailed Glasgow Warriors’ season, you might expect Gregor Townsend, their head coach, fiercely to back any plan that would cut the number of games played when his small army of internationalists are away.

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Edinburgh's Alasdair Dickinson is carted off after being injured against Ospreys. Picture: Rob Casey/SNS

Edinburgh 9 - 13 Ospreys: Al Dickinson in fresh injury blow

The prospect of Alasdair Dickinson completing a remarkable comeback from injury to take part in next Saturday’s Triple Crown showdown with England seems to be dead in the water after the loosehead prop was stretchered off early in the second half of his comeback game.

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Fit-again Alasdair Dickinson will make a timely return for Edinburgh tonight against the high-flying Ospreys. Picture: SNS/SRU

Edinburgh prop Alasdair Dickinson in mix for Calcutta Cup

Alasdair Dickinson will make his first Edinburgh appearance of the calendar year against the Ospreys at Myreside tonight, and if he survives that challenge unscathed then a dramatic recall for Scotland’s Triple Crown decider with England next weekend could be on the cards.

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Edinburgh Rugby acting head coach Duncan Hodge. Picture: SNS Group

Edinburgh aim to start producing the goods for Duncan Hodge

It felt a bit like the day after the Lord Mayor’s Show at 
Murrayfield yesterday afternoon. The euphoria of Scotland’s swashbuckling victory over Wales on Saturday in front of a packed house had given way to a major clearing-up operation.

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Gregor Townsend admits it will take something special to secure a top-four place. Picture: SNS/SRU.

Glasgow Warriors’s play-off hopes are all but over

Scotland rugby’s high did not reach down to Glasgow as a third defeat in a row meant they are now outsiders for a place in the top four who will contest the Guinness Pro12 title.

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Pat MacArthur could make his 150th appearance off the bench. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS

Play-off place on Glasgow’s mind in Swansea

Glasgow sit sixth in the Guinness Pro12 ahead of today’s match against the Ospreys in Swansea. They are already eight points off the play-off places, Ulster have a game in hand and if the Warriors are planning a charge on the rails then they had better shake a leg.

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Interview: Finn Russell on Pick ’n’ Mix and Miss Scotland

So, here I am at the Scotland rugby squad camp, laughing at Vern Cotter. Well, not actually at him because you don’t do that sort of thing, but the spoof Twitter account for the head coach, called Stern Vern Cotter, throws up some gems, such as: “Just Greeg and I watching #Eng-Wal game in team hotel. Others are playing Call of Duty. Finn’s out on the lawn waving at aeroplanes.”

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Rory Scholes crosses for Edinburghs second try of the night. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS Group

Edinburgh 17-18 Cardiff: Late Welsh rally sinks hosts

Edinburgh slipped to another painful home defeat in the Guinness Pro12 as a late surge by Cardiff denied them at Myreside.

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Acting head coach Duncan Hodge is focusing on finishing the campaign strongly with Edinburgh. Picture: SNS Group/SRU

Duncan Hodge ‘disappointed’ at missing out on Edinburgh job

Duncan Hodge has spoken of his disappointment at failing to secure the Edinburgh Rugby head coach post on a full-time basis, but says that his focus remains on finishing this season strongly.

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Richard Cockerill  led Leicester to three  English Premiership titles and the 2009 Heineken Cup final. Picture: SNS/SRU.

Edinburgh opt for Richard Cockerill to revive club

SRU chief Mark Dodson has opted for profile and experience in a bid to push Edinburgh on to the next level.

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Scotlands Richie Gray and Kieran Low, right, in action against Canada at the BMO Stadium in Toronto in 2014. Picture: Craig Watson/SNS

Pro12 aims to go west in American expansion

While all eyes have been glued to the opening two rounds of Six Nations action, the Pro12 has been working quietly to expand its reach all the way across the Atlantic Ocean and into the Americas. Plans have been drawn up to include one US franchise and another in Canada in a brand new league dubbed the Guinness Atlantic Rugby Championship. The new league is scheduled to kick off in time for season 2018-19, provided all the parts are in place.

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Glasgow Warriors' Scott Cummings in action against Ulster

Ulster 37 - 17 Glasgow Warriors: Poor tackling comes at cost

Scott Cummings scored two second-half tries for Glasgow Warriors, but it wasn’t enough to upset Ulster who claimed a bonus-point win at Kingspan Stadium.

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Glasgow Warriors' Peter Horne after signing a new three-year deal with the club. Picture: SNS/SRU.

Staying at Glasgow feels like a fresh start for Peter Horne

Peter Horne believes the arrival of new head coach Dave Rennie in the summer makes the decision to stay at a club where he has been for eight seasons feel like “a fresh start”.

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Duncan Weir was Edinburgh's only points scorer against Leinster. Picture: Ian Rutherford.

Leinster 39 -10 Edinburgh: Visitors sink after impressive start

Edinburgh will regret their failure to convert some guilt-edged try scoring chances during a dominant second quarter as Leinster ran out bonus-point winners at the RDS.

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Edinburgh head coach Duncan Hodge. Picture: SNS

Champions Cup is still Edinburgh’s aim - Duncan Hodge

Duncan Hodge says that his Edinburgh team will not give up in their quest to qualify for the European Champions Cup next season – despite the fact that they are currently 17 points off the pace and have played at least one more game than the three teams they must leapfrog to achieve that objective.

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Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg. Picture Ian Rutherford

Gavin Hastings backs Stuart Hogg for Lions No 15 shirt

Gavin Hastings is convinced the form and try-scoring 
pedigree of Scotland full-back 
Stuart Hogg make him the favourite to take the Lions’ 
No 15 jersey in New Zealand this summer.

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