Mark Robertson: The Melrose connection to Rio’s sevens

When Ned Haig came up with the idea of seven-a-side rugby in 1883, it was still 13 years before the first hosting of the modern Olympic Games. The Borders butcher, who dreamt up the concept as a moneyspinner for Melrose RFC, could never have imagined that, well over a century later, the abbreviated game would find itself the centre of global attention in the unlikely setting of Rio de Janeiro.

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Mark Robertson in action for Scotland Sevens against Fiji. Picture: Alan Havey/SNS/SRU

Scotland skipper backs Mark Robertson to have Rio impact

Scotland Sevens captain Scott Wight was delighted to see his close friend and team mate Mark Robertson selected for the Olympics – and he believes the 31 year old can make a real impact for Team GB in Rio.

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Mark Bennett is Rio-bound with Team GB

Mark Bennett and Mark Robertson in GB Olympics 7s squad

Mark Bennett readily admits that he took a risk in choosing a shot at the Olympics over Scotland’s summer tour to Japan but is delighted that it has paid off with selection for the Great Britain sevens squad on Tuesday.

Scotland played Tonga at Rugby Park in November 2014

Scotland to play Georgia at Rugby Park

THE SRU has confirmed that this autumn’s Test against Georgia on 26 Novemeber will take place at Kilmarnock FC’s Rugby Park.

Scotland's Lisa Martin (left), Grant Gilchrist and Jade Konkel (right) showcase the new match kit. Picture: SNS

SRU unveil new Scotland kits for the 2016/17 season

Scottish Rugby have launched new kits for the Scottish national team ahead of the 2016/17 season.

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Scotland head coach Vern Cotter speaks to the media in Japan. Picture: SNS

Allan Massie: Old Scottish failings gives cause for concern

Results satisfactory,
performances poor; that’s the inescapable verdict on the two matches against Japan. Yes, it’s good to win, and good to win away from home, but, frankly, the rugby Scotland played was dismal.

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Scotland international Nick De Luca has joined Wasps. Picture: Jane Barlow

Wasps sign Scotland centre Nick De Luca on short-term deal

Wasps have announced the signing of Scotland international centre Nick De Luca.

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John Barclay, captain Henry Pyrgos and Josh Strauss chase after a loose ball. Picture: David Gibson/Fotosport

Winning mentality carries stuttering Scotland to victory

Sometimes the better team wins. Other times it is the team with the mental steel to win only the vital moments that turn the game. This was one of the latter. Vern Cotter, the Scotland head coach, was again left relieved by the result but scratching around for anything good to say about the performance.

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John Dalziel: Encouraged. Picture: SNS

Injury-ravaged Scotland under-20s fall to Wales

It was not the ending Scotland were seeking but, in the context of a lengthy injury list, defeat by the Six Nations grand slam winners, Wales, in the final round of the World Rugby under-20 Championship at the Manchester City Academy Stadium, was not unexpected.

Scotland and Japan line up prior to the second Test in Tokyo. Picture: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images

Huw Jones wins first Scotland cap but a doubt for next Tests

Winning his first cap in a Scotland win was a magical experience for Huw Jones, the young centre the coaches plucked out of South African rugby, but he admits he is still not sure if he will be available for the next set of games.

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Scotland's wing Sean Maitland is tackled by Japan's centre Harumichi Tatekawa. Picture: Kazuhiro Nogikazuhiro/Getty

Analysis: Scotland’s lack of strength in depth exposed by Japan

Scotland’s summer tour ended with two wins over Japan but there was little else to put a smile on Vern Cotter’s face. It has been a long season, this their 16th Test, and the Scots flopped over the finish line.

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Scotland's Adam Hastings is tackled by Seb Davies during the Under 20's clash in Manchester. Picture: PA

Scotland U20 19 - 42 Wales U20: Young Hastings shines for Scots

Scotland equalled their best finishing position of eighth in the World Rugby Under-20 Championship but there was disappointment for the young Scots as they lost to Wales in their final match yesterday at the Manchester City Academy Stadium.

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Scotland's Josh Strauss tries to find a way through the Japan defence. Picture: Koji Sasahara/AP

Scotland coach Vern Cotter happy to grind out win in Japan

Scotland head coach Vern Cotter declared himself happy with Scotland’s 21-16 victory over Japan despite an underwhelming performance in Tokyo.

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Scotland's Stuart Hogg is tackled by Japan's Hendrik Tui during the tourists' 21-16 win in Tokyo. Picture: Koji Sasahara/AP

Japan 16 - 21 Scotland: Sub Greig Laidlaw rescues Scots

Lucky, lucky Scotland. They played some dreadful rugby, hardly got a sniff of an attacking play, conceded one of the tries of the season and still managed to come away winners.

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Andrew Cotter during the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship at Abu Dhabi Golf Club. Picture: Getty Images for HSBC

Interview: BBC’s Andrew Cotter on the art of commentating

Andrew Cotter has just come off stage at the Roundhouse, one of the most famous rock venues in London or indeed anywhere. The Doors performed their only British concert in the converted railway shed at Chalk Farm and there was much psychedelic grooviness involving Pink Floyd and Soft Machine.

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Scotland's Josh Strauss, centre, warms up in training ahead of today's second Test against Japan in Tokyo. Picture: David Gibson/Fotosport

Scotland primed for battle royal with Japan

Josh Strauss has great 
memories of playing Japan – it was in the World Cup and his debut cap days after 
qualifying to play for Scotland – and he believes that for the second time inside a year, the Scots can burst a Japanese bubble.

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Scrum-half Henry Pyrgos will be instructed to move the ball quickly against Japan. Picture: David Gibson/Fotosport

Tourists have acclimatised, now they must cut out silly errors

Alot is expected of leading sportsmen today. They play more often at the top level of their sport than their predecessors did a generation or two ago. Their game is arguably more intense. They travel long distances by air and are expected to be ready and able to play at their best a few days after a flight that takes them through several time zones, and are expected to shake off jet-lag more quickly than the rest of us.

Peter Horne will partner Matt Scott in the Scotland midfield against Japan in Tokyo tomorrow. Picture: David Gibson/Fotosport

Scotland centre Peter Horne relishing Tokyo Test

With six changes in personnel plus another two positional switches, Vern Cotter has stuck a small bomb under his drive for continuity as he lives up to his promise to make sure every player he has taken to Japan gets some game time.

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Henry Pyrgos will replace Greig Laidlaw as captain, scrum-half and goalkicker against Japan in the second Test in Tokyo on Saturday. Picture: David Gibson/Fotosport

Henry Pyrgos to captain Scotland in second Test in Japan

Scotland head coach Vern Cotter has stuck with his promise to give every member of his touring squad some game time by making six changes for the second Test against Japan.

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Matt Scott on the rampage during Scotland's first Test win over Japan in Toyota City.  Picture: Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images

Matt Scott eyes return to Japan for 2019 World Cup

Tucked away at the back of all the Scotland players’ minds on their current tour of Japan is a little thought: “I could be back here in three years in the World Cup”. So maybe there is a bit more attention being paid to the weather conditions, the battle with humidity, the pleasures but also the perils of the local food.

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