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Dave Rennie starts his forward planning for Glasgow Warriors

And then there were none. The Scottish pro-teams’ season came to an abrupt end one week earlier than they had hoped but, let’s look on the bright side, Gregor Townsend will have his sizeable Glasgow contingent available for an extra week of training ahead of the summer tour.

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Jonny Gray thinks he's scored  but the try was disallowed as the ball hadn't come out of the ruck. Picture: SNS.

Glasgow 13-28 Scarlets: Warriors blown away by three first-half tries

A Guinness Pro14 campaign which started with a blazing ten-game winning streak fizzled out meekly for Glasgow 
at Scotstoun last night as champions Scarlets dished out a chastening hiding in the semi-finals.

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Finn Russell finds his path blocked by the Scarlets defence. Picture: SNS/SRU.

Iain Morrison: Russell unable to salvage Warriors season

It was a bad night for Scottish rugby all round. Not only did Glasgow lose the semi-final, and with it their unbeaten home record in the Pro14 this season, but they lost Zander Fagerson to a first-half injury
and Scotland captain John Barclay also limped off the pitch with a painful looking ankle injury which the warm cheers of the Scotstoun crowd will have done little to alleviate.

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Glasgow Warriors stand-off Finn Russell. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS

Dave Rennie tells Finn Russell to play natural game on Scotstoun bow

Glasgow Warriors coach Dave Rennie wants Finn Russell to enjoy his Scotstoun farewell but has warned the stand-off not to push too hard for a miracle performance in tonight’s Guinness Pro14 semi-final against Scarlets.

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Glasgow Warriors coach Dave Rennie gathers his players together for a team talk. Picture: Craig Foy/SNS/SRU

Dave Rennie picks his Glasgow Warriors on form not reputation

Glasgow coach Dave Rennie had more players available this week to select for tonight’s Guinness Pro14 semi-final than he is ever likely to have but went for form over reputation as he named his team to face Scarlets at Scotstoun.

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Glasgow Warriors' players huddle during a training session at Scotstoun ahead of the PRO14 semi-final clash with Scarlets. Picture: SNS Group

Glasgow Warriors team to face Scarlets in PRO14 semi-final is named

Glasgow Warriors head coach Dave Rennie has named his starting XV and replacements for tomorrow’s Guinness PRO14 semi-final clash with Scarlets at Scotstoun.

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Richie Dixon coached Glasgow to the Celtic League semi-final in season 2001-02. Picture: SNS

Glasgow’s ‘forgotten’ semi-final against Leinster in Dublin

When charting Glasgow’s semi-final history, it is often the loss at Leinster in 2012 that is counted as the first but another against the same opposition, also in Dublin, took place more than a decade earlier.

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Glasgow winger Tommy Seymour, centre, during a training session. Picture: Craig Foy/SNS/SRU

Glasgow’s Tommy Seymour wants last laugh on pal John Barclay

John Barclay has grown impressively into the role of national captain over the past year and clearly attracts boundless respect as one of the pre-eminent elder statesmen of Scottish rugby.

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Scarlets-bound Sam Hidalgo-Clyne was recalled to Scotland's summer tour squad last week. Picture: SNS/SRU

Sam Hidalgo-Clyne can reignite Scotland career at Scarlets

Scarlets coach Wayne Pivac says his new Scottish acquisition Sam Hidalgo-Clyne has every opportunity to relaunch his career at the Llanelli club, in the same way that his outgoing compatriot John Barclay did when he joined in 2013.

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Leigh Halfpenny has been ruled out of Friday's PRO14 semi-final with a hamstring tear. Picture: Getty Images

Boost for Glasgow as Leigh Halfpenny ruled out of Pro14 semi-final

Glasgow have been handed a boost ahead of their Guinness PRO14 semi-final with Scarlets on Friday after full-back Leigh Halfpenny was ruled out of the last-four clash.

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Glasgow Warriors head coach Dave Rennie. Picture: Craig Foy/SNS

Dave Rennie hits back at Richard Cockerill in scrum-half row

Glasgow Warriors coach Dave Rennie has made it clear he is not best pleased with Edinburgh counterpart Richard Cockerill publicly coveting the services of one of his scrum-halves for next season.

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Glasgow Warriors head coach Dave Rennie at training. Picture: Craig Foy/SNS/SRU

Dave Rennie says home form gives Glasgow edge against Scarlets

Glasgow finished the regular Guinness Pro14 season by failing to win in their last five away games but their home record remained formidable and it is there they return for Friday’s semi-final showdown with reigning champions Scarlets.

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Glasgow Warriors' Finn Russell will bid farewell to Scotstoun on Friday. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS/SRU

Finn Russell: from stonemason to bright lights of Paris

Scotstoun has enjoyed some roaring Friday night rugby since the Warriors took over the lease six years ago, a move which coincided with the unheralded signing of a skinny kid from Stirling. The raucous Pro14 semi-final against the Scarlets will be the final appearance by Finn Russell at Scotstoun before he joins Racing 92 in the summer. The Warriors have upped the capacity of the ground to 10,000 by extending the north/south stands, and the place will be jumping come Friday evening.

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Richard Cockerill was 'proud' of his team's performance. Picture: SNS/SRU.

Count the positives, learn the lessons, says Edinburgh’s Richard Cockerill

Richard Cockerill was phlegmatic in the aftermath of defeat in Limerick. Perhaps he expected to lose, but perhaps he was already plotting next year’s campaign and revenge.

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Former England coach Stuart Lancaster and his son Dan, who plays for Scotland's under-18s. Picture: SNS/SRU.

Stuart Lancaster finds a focus in Ireland and adds a Scottish element

They may not appreciate it but Irish rugby fans are living through a golden age for the sport in the republic. Their national team won a Grand Slam and claimed second place in the World Rugby’s food chain and Ireland’s hegemony over Europe will rival that of the Habsburgs if Leinster can match Toulouse’s record by lifting their fourth European Champions Cup next weekend when they face Racing 92 in Bilbao.

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Keith Earls stops Dougie Fife in his tracks at Thomond Park. Picture: Billy Stickland/INPHO/REX/Shutterstock

Munster 20-16 Edinburgh: Munster squeeze past Edinburgh to reach semis

Ahead of this semi-final play-off Richard Cockerill insisted that if Edinburgh were in contention going into the final quarter they would win.

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Retiring South Africa winger Bryan Habana. Picture: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Allan Massie: Super 6 ticked boxes but it’s an opportunity missed

Response to this week’s news about the SRU’s “Super 6” must surely be “we’ll have to wait and see”. No doubt the members of the panel, chaired by Sir Bill Gammell, who had the task of assessing the twelve bidding clubs, and selecting the Six that will set sail on the uncharted ocean of officially approved semi-pro rugby, will have adhered scrupulously to the criteria they were handed. Nevertheless, it seems wrong – even ridiculous – that three of the “chosen six” are Edinburgh clubs, that there is no Glasgow one, and that Stirling County is the most northerly club selected. For years we have bewailed the narrow base of Scottish rugby. Now Ayr is to be the only Super 6 club more than a drive and a chip from Murrayfield. This is a weird way to grow the game.

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Edinburgh Rugby head coach Richard Cockerill speaks to the press. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

Richard Cockerill backs Edinburgh’s Mark Bennett to make mark

Edinburgh coach Richard Cockerill senses that today’s Guinness Pro14 quarter-final crunch against Munster at Thomond Park could be the occasion that Scotland centre
Mark Bennett announces
himself as a big-occasion 
player for his new club.

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Celtic Park could stage next season's PRO14 final. Picture: SNS Group

Celtic Park ‘could host rugby’s PRO14 final in 2019’

Celtic Park could host next season’s rugby PRO14 final, as tournament organisers seek to widen the competition’s appeal.

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Johann van Graan, the Munster head coach. Picture: Getty

Munster boss: Edinburgh have one of the best coaches in the world

Munster don’t expect a side coached by Richard Cockerill to be intimidated by their Thomond Park fortress and are braced for a severe test against 
Edinburgh tomorrow afternoon.

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