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Scott Riddell key to Scotland’s World Cup Sevens bid

Scotland Sevens head coach John Dalziel has hailed the defensive leadership that captain Scott Riddell and Nyle Godsmark bring to the side as they prepare to get their World Cup bid under way in San Francisco in the early hours of tomorrow UK time.

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Former Lions captain Sam Warburton has announced his retirement from rugby.  Picture: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Warren Gatland pays tribute as Sam Warburton retires at 29

Warren Gatland has hailed Sam Warburton as “one of the best and most respected players” in world rugby following his retirement from the game.

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Sam Warburton has retired from rugby union at the age of 29. Picture: PA

Wales and Lions captain Sam Warburton retires from rugby

Former Wales captain and two-time British and Irish Lions skipper Sam Warburton has retired from professional rugby at the age of 29.

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Scotland rugby sevens player Jamie Farndale at Murrayfield. Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS/SRU

Jamie Farndale and Gav Lowe can make World Cup impact for Scotland

Gavin Lowe and Jamie Farndale will be key men for Scotland at the Rugby World Cup sevens showpiece event in the US later this week, according to a man who played in the tournament in 2005, 2009 and 2013.

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1872 Cup: Final Edinburgh-Glasgow match to be held at Scotstoun

The upcoming 2018/19 Guinness PRO14 season will once again see the 1872 Cup contested over three matches, with Scotstoun set to host the final game as a Glasgow Warriors home match.

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Scotland Rugby 7s Robbie Fergusson. Pic: SNS/SRU/Gary Hutchison

Interview: Scotland’s Robbie Fergusson is California Dreaming

This time four years ago, playing rugby was the last thing Robbie Fergusson was thinking about as he battled cancer but now he finds himself preparing for a Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco.

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Scotland Rugby 7s head coach John Dalziel. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

Coach John Dalziel positive about 7s going to San Francisco

Scotland Sevens boss John Dalziel had a late bid to include Edinburgh wing Darcy Graham in his Rugby World Cup Sevens squad turned down by the pro team.

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Keith Russell will take interim charge of Badminton Scotland. Picture: Submitted

Keith Russell appointed interim chief executive of Badminton Scotland

Keith Russell has been named the interim chief executive of Badminton Scotland.

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Henry Pyrgos joins Edinburgh after eight years with Glasgow Warriors

Scotland scrum-half Henry Pyrgos has moved from Glasgow to Edinburgh.

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Tunisia chiefs hit back after Zimbabwe team sleep on street

Tunisia rugby chiefs have accused Zimbabwe’s delegation of “unethical actions” after players slept on streets prior to a World Cup qualifier.

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Magnus Bradbury in action against Argentina. Picture: �Fotosport/David Gibson

Allan Massie: Scots passed character test by ending tour on high

Sometimes you can get greedy. The first half against Argentina was so good, so enterprising and joyful, that it would have been nice to end Scotland’s season at half-time. The second half was a bit disappointing, as often happens when a team has all but won the game by the interval; there tends to be an unconscious relaxation. So the best thing one can say about the second 40 minutes is that the Scottish players got lots of tackling practice, and defended pretty well.

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Scotland's Louise McMillan scored a solo try. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS/SRU

Scotland bounce back to beat Poland at Paris sevens event

Louise McMillan scored a length-of-the-field try as Scotland Women Sevens team bounced back from earlier defeats by Ireland and Wales to beat Poland in their final pool match at the Rugby Europe Grand Prix event in 
Marcoussis, Paris last night.

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Glasgow Warriors and Scotland lock Tim Swinson faces 6 months out

Scotland forward Tim Swinson has been ruled out for six months through injury, Glasgow Warriors have announced.

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Adam Hastings takes a 'selfie' with the Argentina fans. Picture: David Gibson/Fotosport

Adam Hastings ready to push Finn Russell hard, says Iwan Tukalo

Grand Slam hero Iwan Tukalo believes Scotland’s tour to North America and Argentina should be deemed a success after it ended with a thumping 44-15 over an admittedly poor Pumas side on Saturday.

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Shaun Wane joins Scottish Rugby as High Performance Coach

Shaun Wane, head coach of Rugby League side Wigan Warriors, has joined Scottish Rugby as a High Performance Coach.

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Gregor Townsend hails Scotland’s resilience and character

A tour in which you win two games out of three convincingly and lose the other by a single point has to be regarded as a success, statistically speaking. But these few weeks in the Americas have been about far more than the Tests against Canada, the USA and Argentina: they have been a baptism of fire for many members of Gregor Townsend’s young squad, and on Saturday night in Resistencia they came through it with flying colours.

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George Horne savours Scotland’s ‘enjoyable’ win in Argentina

Defeat can be a chastening experience for young players, especially those who are usually high on confidence. Self-doubt creeps in, and voices – sometimes internal, sometimes those of older, wiser colleagues – start to advocate caution. Play it safe, cut down on the risks, think defensively, they suggest.

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England wing Jonny May, left, celebrates his try against South Africa with stand-off Danny Cipriani. Picture: David Rogers/Getty Images

England stop rot but questions remain for Eddie Jones

Definitive statements on the back of England’s 25-10 win in Cape Town in Saturday’s dead-rubber final fixture of the three-match tour of South Africa are difficult to make, other than the obvious one that, with huge relief for Eddie Jones’ squad, and a brief dab of quality from Danny Cipriani, they snapped their troubling sequence of five straight Test defeats.

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Iain Morrison: Impressive display but Horne and Hastings stars of the show

When we look back at that first ever loss to the USA Eagles we may well thank them for the wake-up call!

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Argentina 15-44 Scotland: First-half blitz stuns Pumas

A breathtaking display of attacking rugby saw Scotland end their tour on a high note here in Resistencia with an exhilarating victory. Five tries in the first half crushed the Pumas’ hopes of winning their final game under Daniel Hourcade, and another was added in the second to make it two victories out of three for the tourists following their previous win over Canada and loss to the USA.

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