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Scottish players ‘can’t deal with pressure’ - Lewis Moody

Former England international Lewis Moody has claimed that an “inability to deal with pressure” is the reason only two Scots were picked for the British and Irish Lions’ tour New Zealand this summer.

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Henry Pyrgos sees plenty of motivating factors as Glasgow Warriors go into their last two fixtures against Leinster and Edinburgh.

Henry Pyrgos calls for winning finale to Warriors season

Technically, Glasgow still have a chance of reaching the Guinness Pro12 play-offs but it is the kind of theoretical mathematical possibility that would form the basis of a Professor Stephen Hawking lecture or perhaps even the plot of a 
Doctor Who episode.

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Wing Rory Scholes says Edinburgh still have a lot to play for. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS

Wing Rory Scholes aims to help Edinburgh finish on a high

Wing Rory Scholes rejects the notion that Edinburgh’s season
is over and the next couple of weeks are merely a going through the motions formality before a merciful break and clean slate for next season.

Guinness Pro12
Scotland scrum-half and captain Greig Laidlaw in action for Gloucester. Picture: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Greig Laidlaw aims to put cherry on top of Gloucester career

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw is viewing next month’s European Challenge Cup final at BT Murrayfield as the chance for a perfect end to his three-year spell at Gloucester.

Challenge Cup
Brian Alainu'uese has signed a new three-year deal at Scotsoun.

Glasgow’s Brian Alainu’uese: People think I play basketball

Glasgow Warriors’ recent success has certainly raised the profile of the oval ball game in Scotland’s football-obsessed largest city but it remains the case that many of the team’s stars still enjoy an element of anonymity not afforded to their soccer counterparts.

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Melrose centre Nyle Godsmark, right, celebrates scoring the winning try against Ayr in the BT Cup final at Murrayfield. Picture: SNS/SRU

Nyle Godsmark’s sucker punch gives Melrose sweet revenge

It was a case of two out of three ain’t bad for the Godsmark family on Saturday as a couple of brothers ended their finals with winner’s medals around their necks.

Club Rugby
Nathan Hines came so close with  Clermont Auvergne. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Divided loyalties for Nathan Hines as Clermont face Leinster

He was three years at Clermont, two at Leinster. He lifted the European Cup with the Dublin outfit and lost a final with what is still reckoned to be the best club never to have won the big one. Little wonder that Nathan Hines is torn between today’s two semi-finalists.

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If the jersey fits: Tommy Seymour, is relishing the chance to wear the famous red stripe.
 Main photograph: Gary Hutchison/SNS

Winging it - Ulster reject Tommy Seymour on being a Lion

Iscrolled through some old newspaper cuttings online from 2011, the year that Tommy Seymour exited Ulster’s academy and joined Glasgow Warriors at the behest of Sean Lineen, a good piece of business by the Glasgow coach as it turned out.

Selkirk edge Kings title favourites to win Langholm Sevens

Selkirk edge Kings title favourites to win Langholm Sevens

Selkirk lifted the Langholm Sevens trophy yesterday with a thrilling 24-21 win over Watsonians in the final.

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Carrick's Ross McCulloch dives over to score. Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS

M’field Wanderers 28 - 41 Carrick: Carrick keep the title

Carrick overcame a shaky start to retain the BT Shield in the last final of the day.

Club Rugby
Portobello celebrate their win. Picture:  Gary Hutchison/SNS

Blairgowrie 23 - 33 Portobello: Porty promenade to a win

Portobello revived memories of their glory days by winning the BT Bowl final on the international pitch at Murrayfield with a stylish win over a feisty Blairgowrie side.

Club Rugby
Chris Wyles has great support as he rolls over to touch down for the clinching try. Picture: Getty Images

Munster 10 - 26 Saracens: Sarries on the way to Edinburgh

Saracens stormed into the final after absorbing Munster’s first-half onslaught before powering to a 26-10 victory at the Aviva Stadium.

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Melrose players and staff celebrate their cup win over Ayr at Murrayfield. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS

Melrose 23 - 18 Ayr 18: Honours even as Rose relish revenge

Melrose got some measure of revenge for last Saturday’s defeat in the league final at the Greenyards by snatching victory in the BT Cup final at Murrayfield yesterday. They looked down and out, trailing by seven points inside the final 15 minutes, but in front of the Princess Royal – who presented the trophy – Melrose scored two tries to jump off the canvas and earn their victory the hard way.

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Champions: The Hillhead/Jordanhill players celebrate victory. Photograph: SNS

Hillhead Jordanhill 26 - 23 Murrayfield Wanderers: Cup thriller

Hillhead/Jordanhill won the Sarah Beaney Cup for the first time since 2012-13 at BT Murrayfield yesterday.

Club Rugby
Sarah Quick (Hillhead/Jordanhill) and Louise McMillan (Murrayfield Wanderers) look ahead to the Sarah Beaney Cup final. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

Murrayfield Wanderers take on Hillhead-Jordanhill in final

In many ways, the national women’s team’s two victories in this year’s Six Nations, following seven years of relentless defeat and frequent demolition, has been one of 
the feelgood stories of the Scottish sporting year.

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Melrose and Scotland full back Rowen Shepherd leaves the oppostion behind as he breaks away for one of his three tries against Boroughmuir in the 1997 Scottish Cup final. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Rowen Shepherd on his cup final hat-trick for Melrose

“I suppose it was the end of an era but we didn’t realise it at the time.”

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw was injured against France in the Six Nations. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw set for return from injury

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw is set to return from injury in Gloucester’s European Challenge Cup semi-final against La Rochelle today.

Challenge Cup
Lions captain Sam Warburton is one of 12 Welshmen in Warren Gatland's touring squad. Picture: Warren Little/Getty Images

Allan Massie: Selection of 12 Welshmen sticks in the craw

Of course we are aggrieved. Two out of 41 – it’s natural to be aggrieved. Before we know where we are, Nicola may be branding Warren Gatland a Scotland-persecuting Tory. Meanwhile, he has given his reasons for ignoring so many Scottish candidates. How do they look?

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Ayr captain Pete McCallum, left, and Melrose counterpart Bruce Colvine will both be hoping to lead their teams to glory in the BT Cup final. Picture: SNS/SRU

Ayr captain hopes for cup final thriller against Melrose

Ayr captain Pete McCallum is hoping for the same outcome but doesn’t expect today’s BT Cup final against Melrose to be a carbon copy of last weekend’s Premiership final between the same teams.

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Gordon Bulloch in action for the Lions during the tourists' match against Manawatu in New Zealand in 2005. Picture: David Rogers/Getty Images

Gordon Bulloch says snubbed Scots still have Lions hope

The year was 2005, the place was Auckland’s Eden Park and the event was the third and final Test match between Clive Woodward’s British and Irish Lions and the all-conquering All Blacks. The end of that particular tour couldn’t come quickly enough for the visiting players, with one possible exception.

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