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Scotland U20s keen to follow Sevens by beating New Zealand

After a mere 112 years, Scotland are finally on a roll against New Zealand and the Under-20s get the opportunity next Wednesday to keep it going in their World Rugby
Under-20 Championship opener in Georgia.

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Stuart Hogg carries the Lions mascot, Billy, in 2013. Picture: David Rogers/Getty

Stuart Hogg wants to come of age as a Lion without Billy

Stuart Hogg has happily passed on the role of British and Lions tour cub to Maro Itoje and promised to make mascot-sitting duties the same for the England forward as he found them four years ago.

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Calum MacRae and his players arrive back at Murrayfield following their victory in the London Sevens. Picture: SNS.

Scots’ London Sevens win ends Calum MacRae’s reign in style

Just two years ago Scotland Sevens coach Calum MacRae was facing the real threat that the nation where the abbreviated game was invented, in his own hometown of Melrose, could abandon the game at the elite international level.

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Sam Warburton, the Lions captain, warms up during  training  at Carton House Golf Club in Maynooth, Ireland.

Captain Sam Warburton fit and raring to go for Lions tour

British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton says he is fully fit and ready to “crack on” for the New Zealand tour.

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Richie Gray is one of two players who'll miss the summer tour. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Injured duo ruled out of Scotland’s summer tour

Richie Gray and Sam Hidalgo-Clyne have been ruled out of Scotland’s summer tour through injury.

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Scotland players celebrate seconds after beating England in the final at Twickenham yesterday. Picture: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Second helping of Twickenham glory for Scotland Sevens

After losing the final of the Paris Sevens last weekend to South Africa, Scotland went one better yesterday, finishing the sevens season on a high after retaining the HSBC London trophy that they first lifted 12 months ago.

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Carson Russell is the clubs new chief executive

London Scottish may need to move to flourish

London Scottish have undergone a change of management and it may eventually lead to a change of venue, with the exile club shifting from their traditional home at the Richmond Athletic Association (RAA) in West London.

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Quick to grab his chance: Damien Hoyland has proved he can take any opportunity that comes his way, and now he wants to take a big step on the road to becoming a Scotland regular. Photograph: Ross Parker/SNS

Edinburgh’s Damien Hoyland aims tomake his mark for Scotland

If the last Glasgow/Edinburgh match of the season was effectively a Scottish trial, then one man impressed the watching jury more than most. These inter-city derbies usually generate a lot more heat than light, with few memorable moments – although there was one such at the tail end of the 1872 Cup.

Munster's Francis Saili tries to evade  Ospreys' Alun Wyn Jones (centre left) during the Guinness PRO12 Semi final match at Thomond Park.  Picture: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

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Aviva Premiership semi-finals: Exeter Chiefs 18 - 16 Saracens

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Hugh Blake tries to burst past Santiago Mare and Jose Barros Sosa in the 26-19 win over Argentina.  Photograph: Paul Harding/PA

Scots seven squeeze though to London Series quarter-finals

Scotland made a stuttering start to the defence of the HSBC London Series Sevens tournament that they won this time last year.

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Retired BBC Radio Scotland rugby commentator Bill Johnstone outside Jedburgh Abbey. Picture: John Devlin

Interview: Bill Johnstone on his life behind the microphone

The tape recorder has just been activated to capture what turns into a fabulously entertaining hour in the company of freshly retired Radio Scotland rugby commentator Bill Johnstone when, right on cue, a visual trip down memory lane appears on the table to kick off the chat, or “blether” as he would say, perfectly.

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George Turner is eager to make the most of his unexpected call-up to the Scotland squad for this summer's tour. Picture: SNS/SRU

George Turner aiming to grasp his surprise Scotland chance

Hooker George Turner admitted he was “as surprised as anyone” to be facing the media in Scotland kit at the Oriam training base yesterday after his unexpected call-up to Gregor Townsend’s summer tour squad.

Welsh stand-off Barry John in action during the Lions' 1971 tour of New Zealand. Picture: Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Allan Massie: Smith and James the key to Lions’ 1971 success

I’ve been reading When Lions Roared. It’s a splendid account by Tom English and Peter Burns of the 1971 tour of New Zealand, when the Lions, master-minded by their Welsh coach Carwyn James, achieved their only series win against the All Blacks. Ah! Those were the days, though of course those of us at home had to rely on crack-of-dawn radio commentary, there being no satellite TV then. The book is in their now accustomed style, a blend of narrative and comment from the authors with the taped reminiscences of many of the players – some from New Zealanders too.

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Mark Robertson helped Scotland defeat Fiji as the HSBC World Rugby Sevens in Paris last week. Picture: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Scotland sevens stalwart Mark Robertson to retire

Scotland sevens stalwart Mark Robertson will retire from the pro game after the final Sevens World Series event of 2016/17 at Twickenham this weekend.

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Glasgow Warriors' Rory Hughes added to the Scotland squad for summer tour. Pic: SNS/SRU Gary Hutchison

Duo added to Scotland squad for summer tour

Rory Hughes and Greig Tonks have been drafted into the Scotland squad after injury forced Saracens wing Sean Maitland to withdraw.

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Glasgow Warriors take on Edinburgh in the Pro12. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS

Scotland loses guaranteed place in European Champions Cup

Scotland will no longer be guaranteed a place in the European Rugby Champions Cup under new qualification rules to be brought in next season.

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Former Scotland player Chris Paterson enjoys the action at the launch of Tartan Touch at Murrayfield. Picture: SNS/SRU

Chris Paterson and Al Kellock put public in touch with rugby

The main aim of new SRU initiative Tartan Touch is to attract newcomers to the sport of rugby but it also hopes to get some lapsed players back in the groove and it managed that yesterday in the shape of two former Scotland captains.

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Bernard Laporte, president of the French Federation of Rugby, hopes to win Scottish support for his country's 2023 Rugby World Cup bid. Picture: Getty

French fishing for 2023 Rugby World Cup votes in Scotland

Murrayfield will roll out the red carpet for the new French President today. No, not that one, Bernard Laporte was elected President of the French Federation of Rugby (FFR) late last year and the former coach of France is fronting the country’s bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

Simon Berghan in action for Edinburgh. Pic: SNS/Bill Murray

Simon Berghan signs new two-year deal with Edinburgh Rugby

Simon Berghan has handed Edinburgh Rugby a further boost, signing a new two-year deal at the club.

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