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Scotland name Six Nations squad: recall for Matt Scott

Scotland head coach Vern Cotter has named a 37-man squad for the RBS Six Nations and there is a recall for centre Matt Scott.

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Jonny Gray makes a tackle during Glasgow's European Champions Cup defeat by Munster. Picture: SNS Group

Matt Taylor argues case for the Glasgow defence

However disappointed Matt Taylor was at the end of the 80 minutes against Munster 
last Saturday, Glasgow’s defensive guru conceded a professional admiration for the way that the Irishmen went about stopping one of the best attacks in the competition from crossing the whitewash.

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Allan Dell says last weekend's win at Harlequins has given the Edinburgh squad a major boost ahead of Friday night's clash against Timisoara. Picture: SNS/SRU

Allan Dell: Right mindset will seal Edinburgh home quarter

Prop Allan Dell believes if Edinburgh approach Friday evening’s European Challenge Cup clash against Timisoara with the right mindset they can achieve their goal of a home quarter-final.

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Edinburgh Rugby chairman Andy Irvine at Myreside ahead of the team's first match there against Timisoara Saracens. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

Andy Irvine: Myreside move can be new dawn for Edinburgh

He may be a Heriot’s man to the core but Andy Irvine said yesterday that he felt home from home as he surveyed the scene at Myreside ahead of Edinburgh’s move to the George Watson’s College ground on Friday.

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Ayr's Will Bordill crossed for Ayrs first try

Ayr 42 - 19 Boroughmuir: Early surge pays off

When Ayr rushed into a 21-0 lead after 15 minutes, it seemed as if the home side were going to extract an awful revenge for their shock loss at Meggetland earlier this season. But Muir woke up and matched their hosts all the way for the remainder of the game, before finally losing out as the Millbrae side joined Melrose on 59 points at the top of the table.

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Finn Russell keeps his eye on the ball in a tussle with Munsters Rory Scannell. Picture: SNS.

Glasgow Warriors still in hunt as Leicester Tigers await

The biggest game of Glasgow’s season and one of the most significant in their history ended
in an agonising last-gasp defeat but there was no sense of desolation in the aftermath.

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Glasgow's Ali Price admits he is on a learning curve. Picture: SNS.

Glasgow Warriors’ Ali Price takes blame after drop-goal miss

Scrum-half Ali Price shouldered his share of the blame for Glasgow’s failure to engineer a drop goal that may have snatched victory from the jaws of defeat on Saturday evening, but insisted that he will have learned from the experience, writes Duncan Smith.

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Fraser McKenzie makes a break to score Edinburghs opening try. Picture: Getty.

Edinburgh sow seeds of success with victory over Harlequins

Perhaps things have worked out perfectly for Edinburgh and their move to Myreside. A few weeks ago their inaugural match against Timisoara Saracens looked as though it would be a case of going through the motions in a 
lost cause. One top-class 
performance in London and suddenly it is a game that 
matters.

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Gregor Townsend is confident that G;asgow Warriors will qualify for the knock-out stage. Picture: SNS.

Gregor Townsend: Warriors ready to get job done against Leicester

Glasgow coach Gregor Townsend is confident that his side can bounce back from the agony of losing 14-12 at home to Munster on Saturday and finish the job of qualification for the European Champions Cup quarter-finals at Leicester this weekend.

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John Barclay is excited about the special Six Nations and the squad Scotland have. Picture: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Scotland flanker John Barclay talks up Scarlets’ hopes

Everyone wants their kids to grow up nice and polite, open minded and, if at all possible bilingual, although John Barclay has mixed feelings on that score. He can’t understand the elder of his two boys, three-and-a-half-year-old Finn, who speaks fluent gobbledegook, or as the locals would have it... Welsh. The Scotland flanker can manage a few phases but Junior’s mumble after a day at his Welsh-speaking school leaves dad floundering.

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Jade Konkel is a valuable commodity

Hilljills’ Jade Konkel ready for women’s big game

If you are at a loose end today get yourself down to Murrayfield and catch the highlight of the women’s club game when the best two teams in the country battle it out for bragging rights over the next 12 months, writes Iain Morrison.

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Gregor Townsend said Muster worked well for their try

Gregor Townsend admits Munster were the better side

“We are obviously disappointed,” said an obviously disappointed Gregor Townsend, who had no argument with Stuart Hogg’s yellow card that contributed to Munster’s late victory.

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Munster's Francis Saili scores the winning try

Glasgow narrowly fail high-intensity test

In rugby the international scene so often takes the lion’s share of public exposure but nights like these are ones for the club game to shine.

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Lady luck seems to be smiling on Vern Cotter. Picture: David Rogers/Getty Images

Vern Cotter set to have Scotland’s first choices on call

What was it that Napoleon said about his generals? Well, Lady Luck seems to be smiling on Scotland coach Vern Cotter since several walking wounded have returned to action just in time to put their hands up for Six Nations selection, with the tournament getting under way in just three weeks’ time.

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No way through for Jonny Gray of Glasgow as he is tackled by Munster's Jean Kleyn and Dave Kilcoyne. Picture: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Glasgow 12 - 14 Munster: Warriors lose to late Saili try

In a match of tiny margins it is perhaps appropriate that the only try earned Munster a somewhat fortuitous victory and a place in the Champions Cup quarter-finals. Whether Glasgow can join them there depends upon winning next weekend at Leicester and other results elsewhere, their destiny no longer in their own hands.

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Edinburghs Fraser McKenzie evades full-back Mike Browns despairing tackle to dive over to score his sides first try. Picture: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Harlequins 18 - 23 Edinburgh: Capital side conquer the Stoop

A top-of-the-table finish beckons for Edinburgh in their European Champions Cup pool after they became the first away side this season to win at the Twickenham Stoop. Not just that, but despite the misleadingly close final score, they were by far the better team throughout.

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Darcy Graham ran in two tries

Hawick 24 - 17 Glasgow Hawks: Darcy Graham man of the match

Hawick achieved what could yet be a life-saving victory with a win over Glasgow Hawks after producing a second-half performance of momentum-building rugby.

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Watsonians Rory Drummond hands off Gala scrum-half Connor Adams at Myreside.  Picture: Ian Rutherford

Watsonians 40 - 3 Gala: Capital club win maroon wars

Watsonians secured their first league win since October in some style and, as a result, Gala slipped to the bottom of the table.

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Heriot's Struan Cessford crashed over from close range

Heriot’s 25 - 17 Currie: Fourth home victory in a row

Title-holders Heriot’s seized the initiative in the race for BT Premiership play-off spot when they saw off a determined Currie side in a hard-fought contest at Goldenacre.

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Northampton Saints' Teimana Harrison is tackled by Leinster's Jack Conan and Ross Byrne. Picture: PA.

Allan Massie: Tough task for Glasgow Warriors

It’s crunch time for both Glasgow and Edinburgh today. Victory would almost secure them a place in the knockout stage of their respective European Cups. Defeat wouldn’t necessarily eliminate them, but would come close to doing so, especially in Glasgow’s case, since their last pool match is against Leicester at Welford Road. They might go into that needing a four-try bonus point win to earn one of the best runners-up spots – a very tough proposition.

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