Shock ban for Scotland flanker John Hardie as autumn Tests loom

Scottish rugby has been rocked by a further disciplinary incident just three weeks from the start of the autumn Test series, with another international player from the Edinburgh pro-team is subject to an internal investigation.

Scotland and Edinburgh flanker John Hardie. Picture: Ian Rutherford

John Hardie suspended from playing for Scotland and Edinburgh

Scotland flanker John Hardie has been suspended by the SRU with immediate effect.

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Greig Laidlaw's injury was 'bad timing' says Gregor Townsend. Picture: SNS.

Scotland’s Gregor Townsend craves a quick Greig Laidlaw recovery

Former Scotland lock Andy Reid was famously discovered because he was sporting a Hearts scarf and Gregor Townsend was stuck in front of a telephone in London ostensibly to talk about Scotland’s new programme of scouts dotted around the rugby world who are spotting Scottish qualified talent in far off places with a view to seeing the best of them end up in a blue shirt.

David Johnston, right, in action, having chosen rugby over football. Picture: Jack Crombie.

David Johnston has fond memories of Hearts and Murrayfield

David Johnston has recalled how he was the first Hearts player to experience Murrayfield after also becoming a Scotland rugby international.

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Injury blow: Greig Laidlaw. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw ‘out for 12 weeks’ after fracturing leg

Greig Laidlaw will miss Scotland’s autumn test series after sustaining a fractured leg while on club duty.

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Ruaridh Jackson has played in all six of Glasgow's Guinness Pro14 victories this season. Picture: SNS/SRU

Ruaridh Jackson says Scotland call is not be-all and end-all

Ruaridh Jackson insists that he is so delighted to be stringing successive games together after a sporadic couple of seasons that he is not entertaining any thoughts of running out at BT Murrayfield wearing the Scotland No 15 jersey.

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Rumour Mill: Celtic sweat over Lustig | Pena cleared of elbow | Bayern legend wants Killie job

Mikael Lustig misses Sweden training; Carlos Pena cleared by compliance officer over elbow allegation and Stefan Effenberg keen on Killie post

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Stuart Hogg is hoping to get the all clear to resume playing. Picture: Bill Murray SNS/SRU

Stuart Hogg hoping for all clear to start playing

Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg faces crucial medical tests tomorrow in his bid to play in Glasgow’s opening European Champions Cup fixtures.

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Ryan Grant in action for Glasgow Warriors against Benetton Treviso in November 2015. Picture: SNS Group

Ryan Grant rejoins Glasgow Warriors on short-term deal

Glasgow Warriors have announced the signing of former loose-head prop Ryan Grant, who has agreed a short-term deal at Scotstoun.

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Matt Fagerson pictured at a Scotland training camp in St Andrews in August 2017. Picture: SNS Group

Matt Fagerson signs Glasgow Warriors pre-contract

Matt Fagerson has agreed a pre-contract with Glasgow Warriors, which will keep the back row at Scotstoun until 2020.

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Former Scotland captain 
Jason White is moving into teaching. Picture: Craig Watson/SNS

Ex-Scotland captain Jason White joins Loretto School

Former Scotland rugby captain Jason White has taken his first steps into teaching with 
a role at Loretto School in Musselburgh.

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Nehe Milner-Skudder scored two tries as the All Blacks ran riot in Albany. Picture: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

Four lessons Scotland must learn

Watching the All Blacks dismantle the Springboks yesterday morning, it was difficult to keep from being overwhelmed by a rising sense of panic. They ran in eight unanswered tries, posted a record winning margin – 57-0 – against the Bokke and these guys are coming to Murrayfield in just one month’s time. You can be sure that Gregor Townsend with his usual thoroughness will study the tape forensically even if the Springboks’ dire performance will only give him clues as to what not to do.

Lee Jones in action at the Gold Coast Sevens during his successful stint with the Scotland Sevens squad. Picture: Getty

Glasgow’s Lee Jones says sevens helped revive his career

Lee Jones’ first four Scotland caps came in little over four weeks but the wait to add a fifth took five years as the Glasgow Warriors wing worked his way back to the top via the national sevens programme.

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Scotland's Sarah Law has been handed a professional contract. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

Fourth Scottish woman gets pro rugby contract

Scotland’s total of female professional rugby players is now up to four after international scrum-half Sarah Law was awarded a paid academy 

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Scrum-half Jenny Maxwell is one of three Scotland internationals to have joined Loughborough Lightning. Picture: Alan Harvey/SNS

Three Scots caps sign up for Loughborough Super League side

Three Scotland internationals have signed for Loughborough Lightning as the first-ever women’s Super League competition in England gets under way.

The national rugby stadium was rebranded as 
BT Murrayfield. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Scottish Rugby extends sponsorship deal with BT until 2021

Scottish Rugby has extended its sponsorship partnership with BT for a further three years, meaning the communications giant retains the naming rights for BT Murrayfield until 2021.

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Rieko Ioane scores one of New Zealands eight tries against Australia. Picture: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

Allan Massie: Attack, attack, attack only works if teams can defend

I have written often enough – too often perhaps – that since the All Blacks will surely score tries against you, you have to score tries yourself to beat them; and that this is especially true now that most tries are worth seven points – though, oddly, not so regularly when Beauden Barrett is the goal-kicker. I still think this is probably true, but Warren Gatland’s Lions and the first 
Bledisloe Cup match last weekend are calling it in question.

Scotland's Chloe Rollie, left, and Lisa Thomson are moving to French side Lille Metropole Rugby Club Villeneuvois. Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS/SRU

Scotland’s Lisa Thomson and Chloe Rollie seal French moves

Scotland rugby internationals Lisa Thomson and Chloe Rollie know it is a big step, but the duo believe they are ready to face up to the challenges of professional rugby after they joined top French side Lille Metropole Rugby Club Villeneuvois (LMRCV).

Richie Gray is expected to be out for two months. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

Scotland lock Richie Gray out for two months after back op

Scotland lock Richie Gray is facing two months out after undergoing a back operation.

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