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John Hardie trains after ban but must earn Edinburgh place back

Edinburgh coach Richard Cockerill says John Hardie will have to earn his spot back in the playing squad and is unlikely to be involved in this Saturday’s trip to face Stade Francais in Paris.

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Six Nations: Uncapped quartet named in Scotland squad

Gregor Townsend has named his Scotland squad for the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations Championship, with four uncapped players included.

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Who is likely to make Scotland’s Six Nations squad?

Scotland coach Gregor Townsend will name his Six Nations training squad at BT Murrayfield tomorrow morning with the main talking points likely to be who he has put his faith in to cover the injury problems in certain positions.

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Adam Hastings scored his first try after only three minutes. Picture: SNS/SRU.

Currie fire warning as leaders Melrose are toppled

Currie outsmarted and outplayed the Premiership leaders to come away with an emphatic maximum points victory that marks them out as serious contenders for the title.

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It is broadly agreed that the Premiership is not at a high enough standard to  adequately prepare young players for the professional game, but is Super 6 the answer? Picture: SNS/SRU.

Rugby at the crossroads as SRU plans Super 6 competition

The starting point for any assessment of the SRU’s plan to introduce a Super 6
semi-professional
franchise competition the season after next is a rare one in Scottish 
rugby, especially when it comes to how the domestic game should be run – general agreement.

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Glasgow Warriors' Lee Jones and George Horne tackle Leinsters' Fergus McFadden during the Champions Cup pool three match at The RDS Arena, Dublin. Picture: Lorraine O'Sullivan/PA Wire

Leinster 55 - 19 Glasgow: Understrength Warriors well beaten

Leinster took just 34 minutes to register their bonus point as they saw off a depleted Glasgow Warriors side 55-19 at the RDS Arena to secure a European Champions Cup home quarter-final.

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D'Arcy Rae of Glasgow Warriors is a solid tighthead. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS

Expect a few newbies in Gregor Townsend’s Six Nations squad

The first shots in the Six Nations phoney war were fired by Italy who announced their big squad last week and next week Scotland will do the same.

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Leinsters Luke McGrath clears as Warriors Tim Swinson goes to block at Scotstoun in November. Photograph: Gary Hutchison/SNS Group/SRU

Leinster v Glasgow: Why home side are overwhelming favourites

Glasgow play Leinster today in the Champions Cup although there is only one side with anything other than pride at stake. After an appropriately brave start at Exeter Chiefs, the Warriors have yet to land a blow in Europe, out-muscled and out-fought, despite Callum Gibbins’ best efforts, and how Glasgow could do with some of his dog in today’s fight.

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Adam Ashe is set for his firrat appearance after recovering from an ankle injury. Picture: SNS.

Return for Glasgow Warriors offers Adam Ashe chance to shine

Glasgow might not be able to progress to the Champions Cup quarter-finals but that is not to say that this afternoon’s tie against Leinster is a complete waste, writes Iain Morrison.

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Lee Armstrong's conversion helped give Hawick a half-time lead. Picture: SNS/SRU.

Hawick 14 - 12 Glasgow Hawks: Last-gasp victory for Greens

Hawick played their now familiar card of scoring in injury time to achieve a vital win over Glasgow Hawks that hoists the Greens into a safer zone in the table.

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Adam Hastings touched down twice for Currie against Melrose. Picture: SNS/SRU.

Currie 24- 15 Melrose: Adam Hastings puts on a show

The rugby pedigree of 
Glasgow pro Adam Hastings shone brightly on a dull afternoon as he scored twice in Currie’s well-deserved bonus-point victory over the league leaders who were beaten for only the second time this season.

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Scott Lyle's kicking and late try were crucial to Ayr's victory. Picture: SNS/SRU.

Stirling County 16 - 25 Ayr: Scott Lyle in dominant mood

These are curious times at Stirling, with an improved side apparently incapable of seeing out matches from winning positions.

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Rory Hutton touches down to put Watsonians ahead during a topsy-turvey first half yesterday. Photograph: Graham Stuart/SNS

Heriot’s 17 - 46 Watsonians: Myreside men progress

Watsonians continued their climb up the BT Premiership table, leapfrogging yesterday’s opponents to occupy a play-off berth after taking all five points from a match that was played at a furious intensity. While Heriot’s contributed to their own downfall with a string of errors, the result was further evidence of the progress the Myreside outfit has made since Steve Lawrie assumed coaching responsibilities.

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Aubrey Mncube began Boroughmuir's fightback. Picture: SNS/SRU.

Marr 12 - 20 Boroughmuir: Erskine double seals it for Muir

Determined defence and an ability to punish opponents’ errors carried Boroughmuir to victory in this basement battle.

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Jon Welsh has not played for Scotland since the World Cup quarter-final in 2015 but has been starting regularly for Newcastle. Picture: SNS

Allan Massie: Jon Welsh can step into breach for Scotland

When I remarked last week that injuries come in training as easily as in matches, I was thinking of Stuart Hogg’s damaged hip which caused him to limp off the field during Scotland’s warm-up for the Test against Australia. Yet, soon after I sent the column off came word that a weight had fallen on Zander Fagerson’s foot in the gym with the result that he will miss most, if not all, of the Six Nations. Troubles for Scottish props seem to come in battalions.

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Stuart Hogg has not played since Scotland's autumn Test against New Zealand. Picture: Neil Hanna

Stuart Hogg still missing for Glasgow as Six Nations looms

Dave Rennie wanted to talk about the team he had selected to play Leinster tomorrow afternoon in the Champions Cup tie that means nothing to Glasgow but plenty to the hosts. Instead he found himself fielding any number of questions about the man who wasn’t there.

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Edinburgh's late try-scorer Junior Rasolea drives forward against Stade Francais. Picture: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Edinburgh 34-33 Stade: Capital side seal home quarter-final

It may be Europe’s second-tier tournament but it provided first-rate entertainment and drama at BT Murrayfield. A home quarter-final in the Challenge Cup was sealed in nail-biting fashion as a late Junior Rasolea try saw Richard Cockerill’s side finally fend off a spirited showing from Stade Francais.

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Stuart Hogg injured his hip against New Zealand. Picture:

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Stuart Hogg left out of Glasgow Warriors team for Leinster

Stuart Hogg has not been picked for Glasgow Warriors’ European Challenge Cup clash against Leinster on Sunday.

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Edinburgh's Murray McCallum has been tipped for international honours. Picture: SNS/SRU.

Edinburgh face prop crisis as bid to add Jordan Lay is rejected

European rugby authorities have turned down a request from Edinburgh to add to their squad after being left with just four fit, registered props for the last two games of their Challenge Cup pool campaign.

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Glasgow Warriors' Greg Petersen speaks to the media

Glasgow’s Greg Peterson on spending Christmas with the coach

The trip to face Leinster in the European Champions Cup on Sunday is meaningless for Glasgow but there is as much chance of them lifting the trophy in May as there is any of the Warriors players or coaching staff describing the remaining pool games in such terms.

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