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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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Ben Toolis says everybody in the Edinburgh side 'needs to step up'. Picture: SNS,

Ben Toolis admits complacency has been an issue for Edinburgh

Lock forward Ben Toolis became the latest in a long line of Edinburgh players down the years to face the media and search for some kind of explanation for the team’s frustrating inability to build any kind of consistency.

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The Glasgow squad go through a lineout drill at Ravenscraig's indoor facility ahead of tonight's top of Conference A clash with Munster. Picture: SNS

Glasgow injuries ease but Alex Dunbar may miss autumn Tests

Glasgow head coach Dave Rennie had some positive injury reports for a few players yesterday after naming his team to face Munster at Scotstoun tonight but Alex Dunbar looks to be a doubt for the autumn Test series after the Kiwi said the centre could be out “for a little while”.

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British & Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland, right, with attack coach Rob Howley during a training session in Auckland.  Picture: David Rogers/Getty

Lions chief hits back after Sean O’Brien attack

British and Irish Lions chief executive John Feehan has backed Warren Gatland and his coaching team in the wake of a stinging attack by Sean O’Brien.

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Hugh Fraser is taking a step back from professional rugby. Picture: Edinburgh Rugby

Edinburgh’s Hugh Fraser steps back from rugby to focus on studies

Edinburgh Rugby scrum-half Hugh Fraser has announced that he is taking a step back from rugby in order to devote more time to his studies.

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Sean O'Brien in action for the British and Irish Lions against New Zealand. Picture: Getty Images

British & Irish Lions coaching team ‘didn’t get preparations right’

Sean O’Brien has claimed that the British and Irish Lions should have ‘comfortably’ beaten New Zealand this summer, claiming that the coaching team didn’t get their preparations right before the Tests.

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Adam Ashe is hopeful of making his fourth consecutive start for Glasgow against Munster tomorrow night. Picture: SNS/SRU

Power of positive thinking gets Adam Ashe back on track

Glasgow No 8 Adam Ashe has had more than his fair share of setbacks in the past couple of years but spoke yesterday of how his adoption of ‘Inside-Out mindfulness’ has helped him retain a positive mindset and get his career back on track.

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Edinburgh wing Jason Harries wants to restore pride against Scarlets. Picture: SNS

Edinburgh wing questions lack of TMO after being denied try

Edinburgh wing Jason Harries has questioned the fairness of occasional Guinness Pro14 matches lacking a television match official [TMO] after he appeared to be unfortunate not to be awarded a score in the first half of last Friday’s 20-17 loss to Benetton Treviso at Myreside.

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The Six Nations trophy at Twickenham ahead of the 2017 Six Nations clash between England and France. Picture: Getty Images

Six Nations: England and France ‘could delay start’

England and France delaying the start of their Six Nations campaigns by a week is one of several proposals being discussed by the Rugby Football Union.

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Edinburgh coach Richard Cockerill was 'very disappointed' with Friday's performance. Picture: SNS

Richard Cockerill takes responsibility for Edinburgh defeat

Edinburgh coach Richard Cockerill accepted responsibility for his side’s depressing home collapse to Benetton Treviso last Friday night, which took the wind out of what had been an encouraging start to the Guinness Pro14 season.

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Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill is taking a realistic view of Saturday's testing clash with Scarlets. Picture: SNS

Richard Cockerill taps into history in bid to lift Edinburgh

In the past few years Edinburgh have been a club in search of not just a home, but an identity too.

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Marcus Bradbury holds his head in despair after Edinburghs defeat by Treviso last Friday, but Andy Irvine, inset, believes Myreside crowds will soon be seeing regular home victories. Picture: SNS.

Andy Irvine backs Edinburgh to bounce back and fill Myreside

Scotland and Lions legend Andy Irvine has faith that head coach Richard Cockerill can inspire a “bounce back” by his Edinburgh players following Friday’s shock home loss to Treviso, and believes the sold-out signs could yet be seen at Myreside before the end of the season.

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Glasgow back row Matt Fagerson tackles Cardiffs Damian Welch. Pictue: Getty

Glasgow gear up for Munster test with victory over Cardiff

Conference table A in the Guinness Pro14 is already beginning to look like a two-horse race, thanks to a last-minute kick from Cardiff Blues stand-off Steven Shingler slipping the wrong side of the post.

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Melrose right-wing Ross McCann, left, celebrates one of his two tries before half-time. Picture: SNS.

Dominant Melrose produce show of strength against Ayr

This was billed at the start of the season as a clash of the titans between the two clubs most likely to be battling it out for the Premiership title come April time. It ended up as little more than a routine pit-stop for Melrose in which they consolidated their position at the top of the table by half-time. Meanwhile, last year’s champions Ayr were left asking themselves a raft of difficult questions about whether their current squad has what it takes to be serious contenders this time round.

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Skipper Magnus Bradburys sin-binning did not help Edinburghs cause. Picture:Ross Parker/SNS

Edinburgh prepared to face the wrath of Richard Cockerill

If you are expecting a busy Monday at work tomorrow it may be nothing compared to what the Edinburgh Rugby players will be going through as they “feel the wrath” of head coach Richard Cockerill and his staff, writes Gary Heatly.

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Under the radar: Lelia Masaga may have slipped into Glasgow quietly but hes been a star with the Chiefs. Photograph: John Devlin/Getty Images

Lelia Masaga will be a Warrior chief in the west

There is a scene in the 1963 film Anthony and Cleopatra where Elizabeth Taylor as the queen is first introduced to Rome. She sits atop a giant Sphinx which is pulled by several thousand slaves, preceded by a troop of cavalry with the brass section trumpeting her arrival. That is how former All Blacks are traditionally introduced to their new clubs, but somehow Lelia Masaga slipped into Glasgow almost unnoticed.

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Nehe Milner-Skudder scored two tries as the All Blacks ran riot in Albany. Picture: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

Four lessons Scotland must learn

Watching the All Blacks dismantle the Springboks yesterday morning, it was difficult to keep from being overwhelmed by a rising sense of panic. They ran in eight unanswered tries, posted a record winning margin – 57-0 – against the Bokke and these guys are coming to Murrayfield in just one month’s time. You can be sure that Gregor Townsend with his usual thoroughness will study the tape forensically even if the Springboks’ dire performance will only give him clues as to what not to do.

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The former Ayr man  Ross Curle ran in a try from 50 metres. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS

Watsonians 38 - 26 Stirling County: ‘Sonians off the mark

Watsonians got their first win of the BT Premiership season in this one.

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Melrose scrum-half Murdo McAndrew, left, grapples with Ayrs Scott Lyle at Millbrae. Photograph: Paul Devlin/SNS

Ayr 17 - 34 Melrose: Rose make it look easy

A magnificent first-half display of pace and accuracy gave the visitors a 10-31 lead at the break and although last year’s champions showed fighting spirit to win the second period 7-3, they were never really in this contest.

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