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Melrose shine against Stirling County to reach BT Cup final

Melrose will be back at BT Murrayfield in April for a second successive cup final after a performance that personified the players’ attitude and commitment on a hot afternoon at The Greenyards.

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Peter Horne gets away from Connachts Tiernan OHalloran as Tim Swinson looks on. Picture: SNS/SRU

Glasgow Warriors hope Tim Swinson OK for Champions Cup tie

Glasgow centre Peter Horne admits it will be “a big blow” if Tim Swinson is suspended for the club’s historic first-ever European Champions Cup quarter-final at Saracens on Sunday.

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In Vito veritas: Former All Black Victor Vito happily admits he moved for money  but now hes playing for fun and an unlikely shot at glory in La Rochelle. Picture: Getty Images

Europe’s team of the season are coming to Murrayfield

Whatever happens between now and the end of May, Edinburgh will welcome the European Team of the Season to Murrayfield in the quarter-final of the Challenge Cup next Friday.

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Munster's Ronan O'Mahone scored two tries

Leinster see off Cardiff to remain top of league

Ross Molony’s 66th-minute try saw Leinster squeeze past Cardiff Blues for a nervy 22-21 Guinness Pro12 win at a sunny RDS.

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Hoyland fling: Winger Damien Hoyland is eager for some success in Europe. Picture: Craig Foy/SNS

Damien Hoyland hopes to get his hands on the ball

All the traditional signs of a Scottish spring were in place last week. A brilliant display of yellow daffodils, a thick blanket of snow and the capital’s rugby community wondering how on earth Edinburgh can look so good in Europe while tying their boots properly would constitute progress in the Pro12.

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Louis Picamoles went over

Leicester give Aaron Mauger a fond farewell

Leicester sent off Aaron Mauger in fine style with a thrilling win at Franklin’s Gardens yesterday.

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Sean Lamont scores a late try to secure the win and a bonus point after a second-half resurgence by Glasgow. Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS

Glasgow 35- 24 Connacht: Warrior spirit wins the day

If Glasgow Warriors have to miss out on a play-off place they are determined to go down fighting. They needed to call on all their reserves of patience, resolve and skill to see off a gutsy challenge from the reigning champions who were the better side for much of the first half.

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Harry Burr of Stirling County slides in to tackle Melroses Austin Lockington in yesterdays semi-final. Picture: Neil Hanna

Melrose 48 - 18 Stirling County: Rose return to Murrayfield

Melrose will return to Murrayfield for a second successive BT Cup final after defeating Stirling in a semi-final that started well for County but which slipped away quickly from the Bridgehaugh side as Melrose found their scoring rhythm.

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Ayrs Grant Anderson scores his sides second try. Picture: Bill Murray/SRU/SNS

Ayr 28 - 10 Glasgow Hawks: Home side fly higher

Ayr never reached the heights they did in beating Hawks in both league games this season – but they were still far too good for their visitors as they cruised into the final of the BT Scottish Cup, and another head-to-head with Melrose, in this one-sided semi-final at Millbrae.

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Scotland's Finn Russell scores the opening try against Italy but he may not have done enough to earn a Lions call from Warren Gatland. Picture: SNS Group

Allan Massie: Lions hopefuls caught in vicious circle

Vern Cotter has left the Scotland team in a much better place than he found it. Nobody can doubt this and we should all be grateful. Except for the well-nigh inexplicable collapse at Twickenham, this has been a very satisfactory season with victories over Ireland and Wales, a rare double.

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Phil Burleigh scored Edinburgh's only try against Scarlets. Picture: SNS

Scarlets 26-10 Edinburgh: Hodge’s men found wanting in Wales

Edinburgh succumbed to a sixth defeat in a row in the 
Guinness Pro12 on a night which left acting head coach Duncan Hodge searching for answers.

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Gregor Townsend leaves the field after the Border Reivers' final match in 2007. The game also marked the end of Townsend's playing days. Picture: Craig Watson/SNS

Ten years on: Gregor Townsend on the Border Reivers’ demise

Monday marks the tenth 
anniversary of the SRU’s 
decision to scrap the Border Reivers but, at the end of a week in which Hawick man Stuart
Hogg won the Six Nations Player of the Championship award for the second year running, Gregor Townsend believes there remains a pathway to the top for youngsters from the Scottish game’s 
traditional heartland.

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Stuart Hogg with his Six Nations Player of the Championship trophy. The Scotland full-back returns to Glasgows line-up against Connacht. Picture: SNS

Scotland stars return to boost Glasgow in must-win game

Double Six Nations Player of the Championship Stuart Hogg leads a cavalry charge of returning Scotland internationals for Glasgow’s must-win Guinness Pro12 match against champions Connacht at Scotstoun this evening.

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Stuart Hogg ‘chuffed to bits’ with Six Nations award

Stuart Hogg has credited his Scotland team-mates with helping him achieve a second successive Six Nations Player of the Championship award.

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Duncan Weir will be back in Edinburgh colours after time away with Scotland in the Six Nations. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

Duncan Hodge hopes returning Scots can be catalyst

Duncan Hodge is hoping that returning a tranche of Scotland internationalists to his team can be the catalyst to breaking a five-match losing streak when they face Scarlets in Llanelli tonight.

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Stuart Hogg retains Six Nations Player of Championship award

Stuart Hogg has credited his Scotland team-mates with helping him achieve a second successive Six Nations Player of the Championship award.

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Ross Ford returns from Scotland duties to captain Edinburgh against Scarlets. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Nine Scotland internationalists return to bolster Edinburgh

Edinburgh have been boosted by the return of nine Scotland internationalists for Friday night’s Guinness Pro12 clash against Scarlets in Wales.

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Glasgow Warriors' Ali Price. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

Ali Price: I’ve had luck but I’ve earned my place

So you are about to make your first Test start; you are feeling more nervous than you have ever felt before as you contemplate the challenges that face you under the glare of 67,000 people. So what is the last thing you do?

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Departing Scotland head coach Vern Cotter will lead the Barbarians against England. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS

Vern Cotter has chance to avenge Calcutta mauling by England

Departing Scotland coach Vern Cotter will have the chance of swift revenge over England when he takes charge of the Barbarians for a match against Eddie Jones’ side at Twickenham.

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WP Nel has been capped 15 times by Scotland. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Scotland prop WP Nel signs new deal with Edinburgh

Edinburgh Rugby have announced the signing of Scotland international tighthead prop Willem ‘WP’ Nel on a three-year contract extension.

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