John Barclay raises the Calcutta Cup amid his jubilant players after Scotland beat England in February.''Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Russell’s floated pass was the moment of the year for many

2018 proved a topsy-turvy year but then this is Scottish rugby so you probably knew that much already. The political row around the sacking of Keith Russell as the SRU’s head of domestic rugby was undoubtedly the most depressing aspect of Scottish rugby over the past year, with the structure of checks and balances struggling to keep some of the governing body’s bigger personalities at bay. The return of the Calcutta Cup to Murrayfield’s trophy cabinet for the first time in a decade proved the highlight – and there was plenty to ponder between those two extremes.

Currie's Fergus Scott. Pic: SNS/SRU

Premiership Round-up: Currie edge thriller

Co-captain Fergus Scott scored the winning try with five minutes to go as Currie Chieftains defeated Tennent’s Premiership leaders Ayr 24-23 yesterday to honour the memory of Campbell Reynolds in style.


War of the Rose: the Melrose RFC men who fell in World War 1

Sunday marks 100 years since the end of the First World War and members of the current Melrose first XV squad have recently undertaken a fascintating but sometimes heartbreaking project to discover more about the club members from the Greenyards who lost their lives serving their country between 1914 and 1918.

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