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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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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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Gary Graham in action for Newcastle Falcons. Picture: Getty Images

Gary Graham hopes to emulate father’s feat with Newcastle

Gary Graham will attempt to follow in his father’s footsteps when he faces the might of the Exeter Chiefs in tomorrow’s Aviva Premiership semi-final.

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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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John Barclay's move from Scarlets to Edinburgh in the summer will be a massive blow for the Welsh club. Picture: Getty Images

Interview: John Barclay on saying farewell to Scarlets

John Barclay may have spent eight years at Glasgow but if he was looking to spend some wistful moments of nostalgia it would be more likely that he would head for Firhill, Hughenden or the old training base at Whitecraigs.

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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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England rugby head coach Eddie Jones was subjected to verbal abuse at a Manchester station. File picture: Getty Images

Scots fans fined for verbally abusing England rugby boss Eddie Jones

Three Scottish rugby fans have been fined after they hurled foul-mouthed abuse at England head rugby coach Eddie Jones following the Calcutta Cup triumph in February

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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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Scotland will face Russia at next year's Rugby World Cup after Romania were disqualifed for fielding an ineligible player. Picture: Ben Birchall/PA

Scots to face Russians at World Cup as Romania are expelled

Scotland are now set to face Russia in next year’s Rugby World Cup after Romania were thrown out for fielding an ineligible player.

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