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Series draw may have saved Lions says legend McBride

Willie John McBride believes the British and Irish Lions may have been saved from extinction by the performance of this year’s side in New Zealand.

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Richard Cockerill's new-look Edinburgh will be tested in pre-season by Sale and Newcastle. Picture: Getty.

Richard Cockerill’s Edinburgh to face Sale and Newcastle

Edinburgh Rugby fans will get the chance to have a first look at Richard Cockerill’s new-look squad when they face Sale Sharks in a pre-season friendly at Boroughmuir’s Meggetland ground on 18 August at 7.35pm.

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Greg Peterson missed six months of last season through injury, but is feeling confident this time. Picture: SNS

Hard-working summer has Greg Peterson and Warriors combat ready

Most rugby players get a look of fear in their eyes when the term “pre-season” is uttered, but Glasgow Warriors’ Greg Peterson is loving putting in the hard yards after a frustrating 2016/17.

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The first signing under the arrangement was Peter Murchie. Picture: Ian Rutherford

First players in Scottish Rugby-Nice exchange revealed

The first players in an innovative exchange agreement signed in May by Scottish Rugby and the French fourth tier club Stade Nicois have been revealed.

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David Denton has been capped 35 times for Scotland, but has been out of the international arena since last summers tour to Japan. Picture: SNS/SRU/Bill Murray

David Denton hopes Worcester move will lead to Scotland squad recall

David Denton is buzzing to get going with new club Worcester­ Warriors and the back-row man is determined to use the move to earn a recall to the Scotland squad.

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Vern Cotter did what he was employed to do at Scotland, building a team and building confidence in his players. Photograph: Paul Devlin/SNS

Vern Cotter says he left Scotland at right time

Former Scotland coach Vern Cotter believes his departure occurred at the right time to allow his successor Gregor Townsend the opportunity to build a squad capable of making an impression at the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

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Dave Rennie head coach of the  of the Chiefs. Picture: Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images

Glasgow-bound Dave Rennie’s Chiefs reach Super Rugby semis

Dave Rennie’s Waikato Chiefs made it through to the Super Rugby play-off semi-finals by beating the Stormers 17-11 in Cape Town, where replacement Shaun Stevenson sealed it with a try four minutes from the end.

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Former Edinburgh coach Alan Solomons coached the Kings from 2009 to 2012. PICTURE: IAN RUTHERFORD

South African teams to join expanded Guinness Pro14

Two South African teams, the Cheetahs and Southern Kings, will join a new Guinness Pro14 championship next season, according to reports.

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Scotland and Samoa fought out a thrilling pool match in Newcastle at the 2015 World Cup. Picture: Jane Barlow.

Scotland likely to face Samoa at 2019 Rugby World Cup

Tonga qualified for the 2019 Rugby World Cup after Fiji beat Samoa 38-16 in the final match of the Pacific Nations Cup in Apia yesterday, a result which is likely to have ramifications for Scotland.

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Warren Gatland celebrates after the Lions draw the final Test 15-15 to tie the series with New Zealand.  Picture: David Rogers/Getty Images

Allan Massie: I owe Warren Gatland an apology

Well, the Lions did better than many had expected or feared, and those of us who were critical of Warren Gatland, pictured, for his selections and approach probably owe him an apology. I for one thought that, on account of their form in the Six Nations, Jonathan Davies and Alun Wyn Jones were very fortunate to be on the tour. Clearly I was wrong.

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Lions captain Sam Warburton arrives back with the trophy at Heathrow Airport following the series draw with New Zealand. Picture: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Sam Warburton says All Blacks are still best in the world

Sam Warburton reflected on a successful British and Irish Lions tour upon the squad’s return home, but still acclaimed New Zealand as the world’s finest team.

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Former Scotland coach Matt Williams. Picture: Ian Rutherford

New job for former Scotland coach Matt Williams

Former Scotland rugby team head coach Matt Williams back coaching

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British and Irish Lions prop Kyle Sinckler. Picture: AFP/Getty

Kyle Sinckler apologises after arrest on Lions tour

British and Irish Lions prop Kyle Sinckler has apologised for “any inconvenience caused” after he was arrested during a night out in Auckland at the weekend.

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Edinburgh played their home matches at Myreside in the second part of last season

Edinburgh Rugby to play at Myreside for next three seasons

EDINBURGH will continue to play games at Myreside for the next three seasons, the club have just announced.

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Lions head coach Warren Gatland was initially positive  about playing a 'fourth Test'. Picture: PA.

England scupper Barbarians’ bid for fourth All Blacks ‘Test’

England have ruled out the possibility of releasing players for the Barbarians’ fixture against New Zealand on 4 November.

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The new kits. Picture: SRU

Scotland rugby team unveil new kits for 2017/18 season

Scottish Rugby have launched new kits for the Scottish national team and Scotland 7s side ahead of the 2017/18 season.

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Maro Itoje, one of the stars of the Lions' tour.

How the British and Irish Lions rated in New Zealand

Marks out of 10 for every member of the British & Irish Lions tour of New Zealand.

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Lions captain Sam Warburton smiles in the aftermath of Saturday's draw in Auckland. PICTURE: Getty

John Spencer: Extra week and Lions would have won it

John Spencer has insisted the British and Irish Lions would have won their Test series in New Zealand with just one more week’s preparation.

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Kieran Reads face is a picture of incredulity as referee Romain Poite downgrades a penalty against Ken Owens to a scrum. Photograph: Getty

Referee’s bizarre decision brings Lions series to an end

To borrow from Sam Warburton in the immediate aftermath of this Titanic struggle: “Wow!”

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