Gordon Bulloch to scale equivalent of Everest to support Doddie Weir

Former Scotland captain Gordon Bulloch will today set off to scale his own Mount Everest in the latest show of support for Doddie Weir’s campaign to find a cure for motor neurone disease (MND).

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Stephen Gallacher, Doddle Weir and Gavin Hastings at Leuchie House in North Berwick. My Name'5 Doddie Foundation and Leuchie House are the official charity partners of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open. Picture: Kenny Smith

Stephen Gallacher joins with Gavin Hastings to support Doddie Weir

Stephen Gallacher talked about a big run of events on the horizon and called for slow-play penalties every week. He also licked his lips at the prospect of Shinnecock Hills being a “brute” of a test in this week’s US Open. But there was no disguising what he enjoyed speaking about most during his visit to Leuchie House, near North Berwick.

Retiring South Africa winger Bryan Habana. Picture: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Allan Massie: Super 6 ticked boxes but it’s an opportunity missed

Response to this week’s news about the SRU’s “Super 6” must surely be “we’ll have to wait and see”. No doubt the members of the panel, chaired by Sir Bill Gammell, who had the task of assessing the twelve bidding clubs, and selecting the Six that will set sail on the uncharted ocean of officially approved semi-pro rugby, will have adhered scrupulously to the criteria they were handed. Nevertheless, it seems wrong – even ridiculous – that three of the “chosen six” are Edinburgh clubs, that there is no Glasgow one, and that Stirling County is the most northerly club selected. For years we have bewailed the narrow base of Scottish rugby. Now Ayr is to be the only Super 6 club more than a drive and a chip from Murrayfield. This is a weird way to grow the game.

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SRU chief executive Mark Dodson at the Super 6 press conference. Picture: Alan Harvey/SNS/SRU

Three Edinburgh clubs in Super 6 breaks SRU’s own guidelines

The Scottish Rugby Union ignored its own compliance guidelines when it awarded three of its Super 6 franchises to clubs in Edinburgh, The Scotsman has learned.

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Glasgow Hawks, in action against Marr in the BT Premiership this season, have missed out on a place in the Super 6. Picture: SNS/SRU

Hawks face uncertain future as Glasgow misses out on Super 6

The winning bids may now be known but lots of questions remain over what impact, positive or negative, the watershed creation of the Super 6 will have on the landscape of Scottish rugby.

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Melrose captain Grant Runciman, centre, lifts the BT Cup at Murrayfield. Picture: SNS/SRU.

Melrose machine powers past Stirling to clinch Scottish Cup

Rob Chrystie did a pretty good job of being magnanimous in victory after his team had dismantled Stirling County on Saturday to add the Scottish Cup to the BT Premiership crown they claimed three weeks ago, but there was no disguising the gulf in class between the two sides.

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Niko Matawalu, centre, congratulates try scorer Kerr Gossman during Stirling County's 51-19 semi-final win over Hawick. Picture: SNS

Stirling County inspired by class of 95 in bid to lift cup

The players of Stirling County
are embracing the opportunity to attain legendary 
status by becoming only the second team in the club’s 
history to win a piece of major silverware as they look to upset the odds in today’s 
BT Cup final against hot favourites Melrose.

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Melrose captain Grant Runciman kisses the BT Premiership trophy following his side's victory over Ayr. Picture: SNS/SRU

Melrose 16 - 13 Ayr: Borderers win ugly to clinch title

Melrose were crowned BT Premiership champions after a hard-earned but well-crafted victory in the play-off final that keeps them on track for the league and cup double.

Full time at Greenyards leaves Melrose as BT Premiership champions. Picture: SNS/Graeme Stuart

Melrose 16 - 13 Ayr: Melrose emerge victorious in play-off final

Melrose finished off a near-perfect Premiership season with a scrappy, hard-earned victory over defending champions Ayr in the play-off final.

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Mike Fedo and  Rory Hutton of Watsonians combine to halt Ross McCann's progress. Picture: Neil Hanna

League and Cup double is on as Melrose sweep Watsonians aside

Melrose have set themselves up to play for the league and Cup double in the next few weekends as they stamp their authority all over club rugby and the Scottish game.

Murdo McAndrew of Melrose breaks clear after evading an attempted tackle by Watsonians' Mike Fedo. Picture: Neil Hanna.

Dogged Watsonians defence not enough to stop Melrose

Melrose beat Watsonians for the fourth time this season, adding a BT Cup semi-final to three league victories that went before including last week’s Premiership play-off win.

Currie Chieftains and Ayr, seen here in action in a BT Premiership semi-final clash earlier this month, have both applied. Picture: SNS Group

SRU receives 12 applications for Super 6 franchises

The SRU has received 12 applications from clubs to form franchises in the new part-time professional Super 6 league which is due to launch in the 2019/20 season.

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Ross Ford has been out injured for five months. Picture: SNS

Ross Ford to wear Melrose colours in comeback from injury

Scotland hooker Ross Ford will make his return to action after five months out when he plays for Melrose in the BT Cup semi-final against Watsonians at Myreside tomorrow.

Melrose's Nick Beavon in action. Picture: SNS/Ross Parker

Melrose 37 - 8 Watsonians: Melrose into final after big win

For a second successive season Melrose will contest the final of the Premiership play-offs after reaching the last stage of the competition with a sizeable win over Watsonians at the Greenyards.

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Traditional Hearts bar shortlisted in top 5 best rugby bars in UK

Best known for flying the maroon flag as a Jambo boozer, the Athletic Arms in Gorgie has now gained the backing of fans fonder of the oval ball.

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Allan Dell scored two tries. Picture: SNS

Hawick 38 - 3 Melrose: Home side cruise to victory

If Baltic conditions had not prevailed last night there would surely have been dancing in the streets of Hawick following the Greens’ handsome win over Melrose that secured continued membership of the BT Premiership.

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Fraser Thompson scored a try for Melrose. Picture: Neil Hanna

Melrose 18 - 7 Stirling County: Melrose earn another home win

In a match that meant little to either side in terms of the BT Premiership, Melrose had enough power to eke out yet another home win.

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Melrose's Austin Lockington. Picture: SNS/Ross Parker

Marr 0 - 43 Melrose: Melrose cruise to victory against Marr

Marr were comprehensively mauled at home by a rampant Melrose, whose seven-tries-to-nil victory guaranteed them a home play-off semi-final at the end of the season.

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.

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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