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SRU president urges clubs to vote on outside investment

SRU president Rob Flockhart has issued a plea for clubs to turn out at Friday evening’s Special General Meeting and vote to approve outside investment in the country’s two professional teams.

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Rob Flockhart is confident his motion has the backing of the clubs and hopes for a big turn-out at the SGM. Picture: SNS/SRU

Clubs need to take ‘a bit of responsibility’ - SRU president

SRU president Rob Flockhart says he can’t think of a reason why clubs wouldn’t back his motion at Friday’s Special General Meeting and has urged them to “take a bit of responsibility”.

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Glasgow Warriors have signed New Zealand-born second-row Brian Alainuuese from Waikato until the end of the season

Glasgow Warriors sign lock Brian Alainu’uese from Chiefs

GLASGOW Warriors have signed giant New Zealand-born lock Brian Alainu’uese from incoming new head coach Dave Rennie’s Waikato Chiefs.

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Edinburgh's Damien Hoyland, left, evades the diving Rob Buchanan during the home side's narrow win over Harlequins at BT Murrayfield. Picture: SNS Group

Rampant Edinburgh given licence to thrill

The fun returned to Edinburgh Rugby on Saturday as a feast of entertaining rugby delivered 11 tries, with the home side edging a European 71-point classic by just the one.

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Emotional Munster pair Ian Keatley and Tommy O'Donnell after the final whistle at Thomond Park. Picture: Lorraine O'Sullivan/PA Wire

Munster channel emotion in stirring win over Glasgow

If Gregor Townsend had a regret on one of the most emotionally-charged days that this wonderful competition has seen, it was that his men did not turn up and produce a performance to honour the occasion.

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Derek Richardson: Stadium income. Picture: Contributed

Iain Morrison: Scots pro team sale hurt by facilities

I got a letter from my bank recently informing me that the interest I receive on my balance was about to drop from the less than generous 0.1 per cent per annum to the Scrooge-like 0.001 per cent. Naturally enough, I shopped around to see what else might be available and happened upon an investment opportunity from the nice folks at Murrayfield PLC. They are willing to sell me a slice of their pro team action and, with rugby’s global brand growing as never before, this was an opportunity too good to miss.

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Edinburgh Rugby's Blair Kinghorn had an impressive showing. Picture: SNS

Five things we learned from the cups so far

Iain Morrison looks at the respective cup campaigns of Edinburgh and Glasgow so far.

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Marland Yarde is unable to stop Tom Brown from scoring what turned out to be Edinburghs winning try. Picture: SNS

Edinburgh 36 - 35 Harlequins: Hosts edge a thrilling contest

These teams arrived at Murrayfield intent on playing attacking rugby and they didn’t disappoint because this was an absolute classic marred only by four yellow cards and too many handbags in what was a bad-tempered encounter.

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A minute's silence is observed in memory of Anthony Foley before the European Champions Cup, Pool One match against Glasgow Warriors. Picture: Lorraine O'Sullivan/PA Wire

Munster 38 – 17 Glasgow Warriors: Reds win it for Anthony Foley

Perhaps it was always going to be an impossible task for Glasgow Warriors and maybe cold analysis of a rugby match might be crass in the circumstances, but this was a day which belonged to Munster and their late head coach Anthony Foley.

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Michael Robertson of Hawick suffered a neck injury

Hawick 3 - 14 Melrose: Double defeat for the Greens

Melrose scored a second win over Border rivals, following up their victory over Gala last weekend with success against Hawick .

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Watsonains players celebrate after Ali Harris kicked the winning conversion7.   Picture Ian Rutherford

Watsonians 29 - 27 Ayr: Late conversion secures surprise

League leaders Ayr lost in a dramatic finale that saw a never-say-die Watsonians beat the odds and grab a last-minute score that ended a demoralising run of three defeats in a row.

The match took place at Meggatland. Picture: Julie Howden

Boroughmuir 27 - 31 Gala: Rory Scholes the Gala hero

Edinburgh Rugby’s Rory Scholes ran in four tries as Gala defeated Boroughmuir in an entertaining match at Meggetland.

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Murray McCallum scored a try then hurried to Murrayfield

Heriot’s 29 - 15 Stirling County: Big day for Murray McCallum

Heriot’s chalked up a third successive win and stepped up the defence of their title with an impressive performance that yielded all five league points.

Former Munster players (l to r) John Langford, Mick Galwey, Peter Clohessy and Keith Wood carry Anthony Foleys coffin from St Flannans Church, Killaloe, Co. Clare yesterday. Picture: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Emotional game can be a fitting tribute to Foley

The sad death of Anthony Foley at such a young age when he had so much to look forward to and so much still to give rugby overshadows today’s match in Limerick. Emotion will be intense in Thomond Park, and the game will be difficult for both sides. Just how difficult for Munster was shown when their captain Peter O’Mahony broke down when trying to speak about his friend and mentor Foley at a Press Conference. Munster never need an incentive, especially in Limerick, but this game will be special.

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Sean Lamont has been called up to replace Leonardo Sarto for the game against Munster. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

Gregor Townsend: We will help to honour Anthony Foley

It’s been a trying time in re-cent weeks for the extended family that is Munster rugby.

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Edinburgh's Hamish Watson is in the side to face Harlequins instead of John Hardie. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Hamish Watson gets the nod for Edinburgh against Harlequins

The fact that Tim Visser will not be making his anticipated BT Murrayfield comeback today robs the European Challenge Cup clash between Edinburgh and Harlequins of one of its potential storylines but it is still shaping up as an intriguing encounter.

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Edinburgh Rugby acting head coach Duncan Hodge welcomed the capture. Picture: SNS

Edinburgh sign Argentine tighthead Felipe Arregui

Edinburgh have announced the signing of Argentine tighthead Felipe Arregui until the end of January.

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Tim Visser scores a try during Harlequins' convincing Challenge Cupvictory over Stade Francais at Twickenham Stoop last week. Picture: Warren Little/Getty

Tim Visser: Quins face tough game at Edinburgh

Tim Visser has warned his Harlequins team-mates to be wary of an Edinburgh Rugby side who are on a high after two recent wins when they clash in the European Rugby Challenge Cup at BT Murrayfield tomorrow.

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Warriors co-captain Henry Pyrgos expects the grieving Munster players to give their best possible performance at Thomond Park.

Glasgow ‘have to be even better than Leicester display’

Glasgow’s magnificent victory over Leicester has been hailed as one of the finest by a Scottish side in Europe but Warriors co-captain Henry Pyrgos believes the magnitude of tomorrow’s match against Munster in Limerick will require an even better showing if they are to make it two wins from two.

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Mark Dodson says he wants permission  from member clubs to seek outside investors in the pro teams because of inflation in the game.

SRU boss Mark Dodson: We can’t afford pro team inflation

SRU chief executive Mark Dodson has called on member clubs to back the union’s bid to seek outside investment in Scotland’s pro teams and said the search for suitable partners will be a global one.

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