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Scots U20s all together now as English clubs relent in World Cup row

Scotland under-20 coach Bryan Redpath has welcomed the decision by Aviva Premiership clubs to release players early so they can travel to France with the rest of the squad today for the World Rugby U20 Championship.

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‘Pop-up’ Perth stadium to host Glasgow Warriors v Harlequins

Professional rugby will return to Perth for the first time in 14 years on the 18 August, when Glasgow Warriors play a pre-season warm-up match against Harlequins at a specially built 5,000-capacity pop-up stadium in the North Inch public park.

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Could Shaun Wane be open to switching codes and taking a Scotland role? Picture: Getty Images

Wigan Warriors head coach Shaun Wane ‘interested in Scotland role’

Outgoing Wigan Warriors head coach Shaun Wane would be open to a role with the Scotland national team, according to reports.

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Roger Baird, grounded, in action for the Lions against New Zealand's David Loveridge, Andy Haden and Andy Dalton in the fourth Test in Auckland in 1983.  Picture: Colorsport/REX/Shutterstock

Roger Baird feared his Lions cap had been consigned to dustbin

It is almost 35 years since Roger Baird pulled on the famous red jersey of the British and Irish Lions so, after missing the postman, he was more than willing to wait a few more days to get his hands on the ceremonial cap to recognise his achievement.

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Glasgow Warriors confirm signing of US international David Tameilau

Glasgow Warriors have announced the signing of USA international David Tameilau.

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Finn Russell has been added to the squad. Picture: SNS Group

Finn Russell added to Barbarians squad to face England on Sunday

Scotland fly-half Finn Russell has been added to the Barbarians squad for Sunday’s clash with England at Twickenham after a handful of players pulled out.

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Glasgow Warriors shrug off Scarlets’ Scotstoun pitch complaints

Glasgow Warriors have shrugged off scathing criticism from their Guinness Pro14 semi-final conquerors Scarlets over the state of Scotstoun’s artificial pitch.

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John Barclay was injured playing for Scarlets against Glasgow on Friday. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS

Scotland skipper John Barclay a doubt for autumn Tests

Scotland captain John Barclay could be a doubt for next season’s autumn Tests after suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon.

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Scotland No.2 Matt Taylor a target as England hunt new defence coach

Scotland assistant head coach Matt Taylor is thought to be a target for England as they seek to replace defence coach Paul Gustard, who is leaving the national team set-up to take charge at Harlequins.

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The Scotland U20 squad support UK Anti-Doping's second Clean Sport Week at a training session. Bill Murray/SMS/SRU

SRU doctor James Robson: No guarantee supplements are safe

Scottish rugby’s medical chief Dr James Robson says there is no place for supplement use in the junior game and even at senior levels they should only ever be administered in a highly controlled and regulated environment.

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In the qualifiers between Belgium and Spain both teams fielded ineligible players. Photograph: Getty Images

Iain Morrison: World Rugby punishment doesn’t fit the ‘crime’

Scotland have played Spain only once, a thumping 48-0 win at Murrayfield during the 1999 Rugby World Cup, a game that marked Chris Paterson’s international debut.

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Peter Horne is dejected at full-time following Glasgow's defeat by Scarlets. Picture: SNS/SRU

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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Leinster's Cian Healy with Munster's Gerbrandt Grobler during the Guinness Pro14 semi-final. Picture: PA.

Leinster 16 - 15 Munster: Champions Cup winners eye a double

Leinster still have a domestic and European double in their sights after a 16-15 win over Munster in a pulsating Guinness Pro14 semi-final.

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Exeter Chiefs' Olly Woodburn scores a try during the Aviva Premiership Semi Final at Sandy Park. Picture: PA.

Exeter 36 - 5 Newcastle: Chiefs clip wings of subdued Falcons

Reigning champions Exeter will face Saracens in next Saturday’s Aviva Premiership final at Twickenham – a repeat of the 2016 fixture – after cruising to victory against Newcastle.

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Saracens' Chris Wyles slides in to score their third try during the Aviva Premiership semi-final. Picture: PA.

Saracens 57 -33 Wasps: Farrell’s kicking makes difference in try-fest

Owen Farrell’s flawless goalkicking helped Saracens overwhelm Wasps 57-33 in an action-packed Aviva Premiership semi-final at Allianz Park.

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Jonny Sexton in action for Leinster. Picture: David Rogers/Getty Images

Allan Massie: Lawmakers to blame for sterile Champions Cup final

Writing on Friday morning, all I can say about the Glasgow-Scarlets semi-final is that I hope it turned out to be a more entertaining
match than last week’s 
dismal Champions Cup final between Leinster and Racing 92. If that game held one’s attention it was only because there was never more than one score between the teams. Otherwise the pitiful lack of imagination and ambition made it a poor advertisement for European rugby.

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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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Euan Bowen's device lights up if a player is hit hard on the pitch

New gadget will flag up risky head knocks on rugby field

An innovative new device has been created to flag up potentially dangerous head injuries in young rugby players.

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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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