Gregor Townsend will take Glasgow coaches to Scotland

Two of Glasgow Warriors’ top coaches will go with Gregor Townsend when he takes over as Scotland head coach

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Try again: Tim Visser is continuing to score for fun as high-tempo rugby starts to dominate the Aviva Premiership. Photograph: Getty Images

Tim Visser on singular form for Quins

With the good ship Edinburgh Rugby listing badly, at least one player must be patting himself on the back that he quit when he had the chance. Tim Visser once personified Edinburgh’s attacking philosophy and now he has taken his scoring prowess to England. He scored nine tries in 11 league starts in his debut season with Harlequins and he grabbed his first touchdown of the new season last week to help down the reigning English and European champions, Saracens.

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Edinburgh Rugby's Damien Hoyland is back in the team after recovering from a groin injury. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

Damien Hoyland raring to go for Edinburgh after injury woe

With one win from four games so far in this Pro 12 campaign, plus a minor injury crisis to add to their woes, Edinburgh are in desperate need of an injection of positive energy – and winger Damien Hoyland wants to be the man to deliver that morale boost.

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Peter Horne: Toughness. Picture: SNS

Autumn Test fitness race for Scotland back Peter Horne

Scotland back Peter Horne faces a race to be fit for the start of the autumn Test series after it emerged he had fractured his hand.

Finn Russell has been named in the side to face Ulster. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Finn Russell makes return to Glasgow Warriors starting XV

Stand-off Finn Russell will make his Glasgow Warriors return this weekend after being named in the team to face Ulster.

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Glasgow Warriors' Finn Russell is to return from injury and will play for Ayr this Saturday. Picture:  Gary Hutchison/SNS

Finn Russell back in action after serious head knock

Scottish rugby will breath a collective sigh of relief at the news that international stand-off Finn Russell will play his first competitive match in almost four months tomorrow.

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Mark Robertson in action for Great Britain against New Zealand in the rugby sevens at the Rio Olympics. Picture: David Rogers/Getty Images

Olympic medallist Mark Robertson on his debt to Melrose

Melrose paid tribute to their very own Olympic silver medal winner Mark Robertson at a special event at The Greenyards at the weekend.

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Scotland's David Denton  suffered a hamstring tear while playing for Bath.  Picture Ian Rutherford

Scotland forward David Denton out of autumn Tests

Scotland forward David Denton has been ruled out of the autumn Test series through injury.

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Warren Gatland poses in front of Edinburgh Castle. Picture: Greg Macvean

New Lions coach Warren Gatland’s warning to Vern Cotter

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland has hinted heavily that Vern Cotter’s chances of being an assistant will be dependent on whether or not his fellow Kiwi plans to stay in the northern hemisphere when he leaves the Scotland job next summer, writes Duncan Smith.

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British & Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland will lead the composite side on next summer's tour of New Zealand. Picture: David Davies/PA Wire

Warren Gatland named Lions coach for 2017 New Zealand tour

Rugby’s worst kept secret was confirmed in Edinburgh today when Warren Gatland was named as head coach of the British and Irish Lions’ tour of New Zealand.

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Frans ten Bos shakes hands with prime minister Harold MacMillan before a Calcutta Cup match at Twickenham.  Picture: Robert Perry

Death of former Scotland lock who dramatically fled Nazis

Frans ten Bos, one of Scotland’s best-known rugby internationals of the late 1950s and early ’60s, has died. He was 79.

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Argentina players celebrate victory over South Africa at the Padre Ernesto Martearena stadium in Salta. PicturE: AFP/Getty Images

Argentina overtake Scotland & France in world rugby rankings

Argentina have leapfrogged Scotland and France in the world rugby rankings following their recent win over South Africa.

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From left, Scottish Rugby president Rob Flockhart and chief executive Mark Dodson with Nagasakis mayor, Tomihisa Taue, and the citys chairman, Masanao Maiguma, at BT Murrayfield where they signed a strategic alliance agreement ahead of the Rugby World Cup.

Scotland teams up with Nagasaki for 2019 Rugby World Cup

It doesn’t seem that long since referee Craig Joubert’s blasted whistle sounded to bring Scotland’s Rugby World Cup dream to an agonising end at Twickenham last October but the SRU is already planning the next one.

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Scotland stand-off Finn Russell was yesterday named as an ambassador for the TOTAL BWF Badminton World Championships which takes place in Glasgow next year. Picture: SNS

Scotland stand-off Finn Russell feared for his rugby career

Scotland stand-off Finn Russell has revealed he feared for his rugby career after suffering a serious head knock during Glasgow’s Pro12 semi-final defeat by Connacht in May.

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Gregor Townsend will leave Glasgow at the end of the season to become Scotland coach.  Picture: Joel Ford/Getty Images

Gregor Townsend cool on possibility of Lions coaching role

Gregor Townsend has played down the possibility of being part of the British and Irish Lions coaching team next year, without categorically ruling it out.

Andy Robinson, right, worked with Gregor Townsend when he was national coach and expects him to thrive.
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Townsend is right fit but must choose Scots support cast well

The date was 7 September, 2012, a mild Friday autumn evening and Glasgow Warriors had just finished their first league match in their brand new facility at Scotstoun.

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Dave Rennie will leave the Chiefs in New Zealand next summer to become Glasgow head coach.  Picture: Chris Hyde/Getty Images

New Glasgow coach was key to Gregor Townsend Scotland move

Scottish rugby’s boss Mark Dodson is nothing if not decisive and he was adamant that his decision to replace national coach Vern Cotter with the home-grown talent that is Gregor Townsend was fully justified. That decision sparked a flurry of activity because Townsend’s replacement at Glasgow Warriors, Dave Rennie from the Chiefs in New Zealand, was also announced last week; a undoubted coup since Rennie has not one but two Super Rugby titles on his resume.

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Gregor Townsend said he was incredibly proud to take on the role of Scotland head coach. Picture: PA

Gregor Townsend ‘honoured’ to be new Scotland head coach

A desire to retain the services of Gregor Townsend prompted the Scottish Rugby Union to offer him the country’s top job as head coach of the national team.

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Players whom Gregor Townsend has developed as head coach of Glasgow Warriors will become important members of his Scotland squad. Picture: SNS

Positive rugby will be Scots’ focus under Gregor Townsend

It is a well acknowledged truth that, across a range of sports, the best players don’t always make the best coaches and those blessed with natural flair and mercurial talent often find it harder than most.

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