Rugby legend George ‘Doddie’ Weir diagnosed with MND

Scotland rugby legend Doddie Weir has revealed he is suffering from motor neurone disease.

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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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Waving goodbye: Bryan Redpaths rugby career took in coaching in Yorkshire and playing for Scotland. Photographs: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Bryan Redpath on why he is quitting rugby

In the week that one Gala-born coach in his mid-forties announced his first ever Scotland squad, another Gala-born coach in his mid-forties may just have suffered a pang of regret at what might have been. A former halfback partner of Gregor Townsend, Bryan Redpath was fancied to take over the Scotland reins at international level but now the former Gloucester and Sale Sharks head coach is quitting the game for good to take up a position in finance with foreign exchange specialists Afex. What pushed him over the edge?

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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.

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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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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.”

Ayr skipper Pete McCallum seals his team's Premiership play-off win over Melrose with a kiss. Picture: SNS/SRU

Relief for yellow-carded Pete McCallum as Ayr clinch title

Ayr skipper Pete McCallum channelled the spirit of the late, great baseballer and comic philosopher Yogi Berra
when he said his dramatic late yellow card was like “déjà vu all over again”.

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The Ayr team celebrate their 12-8 win over Melrose which clinched the BT Premiership title. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS

Melrose 8 - 12 Ayr: Scott Sutherland gamble pays off

The Greenyards was bathed in spring sunshine for the BT Premiership final although it offered little warmth, a little like this match which promised much but struggled to generate much heat or light.

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Grant Runciman scores a try for Melrose in their 27-10 victory over Ayr at The Greenyards in December. Picture: Graham Stuart/SNS

Ayr ‘in good place’ for big match at Melrose

Melrose will be gunning for their tenth league title since the official championship was launched in 1973, Ayr only their third, but the men from the west will have no inferiority complex when they run out on to the Greenyards pitch in the BT Premiership final this afternoon.

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Austin Lockington of Melrose keeps hold of the ball in a challenge with Quins' Max Coyle  in front of an appreciative crowd. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Young Harlequins get their hands on oldest Sevens’ trophy

Harlequins maintained the grip of the guest sides on the Melrose Sevens trophy yesterday evening but were made to work hard for the Ladies Cup by a valiant home side in a competitive final.

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Nyle Godsmark scores Melroses third try. The centre also scored the second. Photograph: Graham Stuart SNS

Melrose 42 - 15 Currie: Finals offer a glimpse of deja vu

Having secured their place in the BT Cup final last weekend Melrose realised a further ambition by booking their slot in the Premiership showdown a week on Saturday with victory in the play-off semi-final against Currie. Both matches will be against Ayr but for the Premiership final Melrose will have home advantage at the Greenyards, the stage for this Saturday’s world famous sevens event.

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Currie's head coach Ben Cairns take his side down to the Greenyards to play Melrose in the BT Premiership semi-finals. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS

Ayr and Glasgow Hawks meet again in Premiership semi-finals

Glasgow Hawks’ head coach Finlay Gillies has rung the changes to his starting XV after last week’s cup loss to Ayr as the sides clash again in the BT Premiership semi-final this afternoon.

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Russell Anderson cant find a way past Stirlings Alex Taylor and Chris Fusaroy. Picture: Neil Hanna

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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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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Jason Baggot was in fine form

Stirling County 7 - 30 Melrose: Win clinches home advantage

There were understandable grumblings from some of the Bridgehaugh faithful about the number of players missing from County ranks owing to international obligations.

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Lewis Carmichael goes over for his try to strengthen Melroses grip on the game. Picture: SNS/SRU.

Defeat of Heriot’s edges Melrose towards league and cup double

Melrose took a step towards a league and cup double with an emphatic victory at The Greenyards to leave cup holders Heriot’s clinging only to a possible top-four place.

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Michael Liness of Heriots opens the scoring with a try but then Melrose took command.  Photograph: Ross Parker/SRU/SNS

Melrose 29 - 12 Heriot’s: Greenyards men through to cup semi

It might be unwanted pressure for the Greenyards men but Melrose have set themselves up for a league and cup double this season.

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Fraser Thomson was one of the Melrose try scorers. Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS

Melrose 34 - 7 Hawick: Greenyards men on track to finish top

Melrose achieved a bonus- point win over Hawick that keeps the Greenyards men on track to finish top in the BT Premiership with its implication of a home final in the play-offs.

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Melroses Sam Pecqueur fumbles the ball under pressure during a tight game at Goldenacre. Picture: Greg Macvean.

Tackles and turnovers take points for Melrose against Heriot’s

Melrose found a way to win in a game played in atrocious conditions where stamina was the necessary quality demanded of players, not skill.

Melroses Sam Pecqueur evades the clutches of Tom Wilson as the visitors edged it.  Photograph: Greg Macvean

Heriot’s 5 - 8 Melrose: Result turns on late red card

League leaders Melrose gained revenge for last October’s defeat at the hands of defending champions Heriot’s and continue their stately progress towards this season’s end.

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