Vern Cotter, the Montpellier head coach. Pic: David Rogers/Getty Images

Vern Cotter: ‘We can almost weep’ when Craig Joubert is mentioned

There is a scientific theory known as the “multiverse” which claims that rather than just the one universe there exists a huge number, possibly infinite, I am a little hazy on the details, of universes. Should such a theory prove correct then surely there exists at least one world where referee Craig Joubert made the correct call in that fateful Twickenham match against Australia and Vern Cotter led Scotland to the semi-finals of the 2015 Word Cup, possibly further.

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Mark Dodson, chief executive of the Scottish Rugby Union. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Limited detail on Keith Russell report raises more questions than answers

The long-awaited reports into the unsavoury Keith Russell affair and the Scottish Rugby Union’s use of non-disclosure agreements to effectively gag former employees were finally handed down like tablets of stone yesterday afternoon but if that was designed to draw a line under the matter, for which we would all be grateful, they failed spectacularly in that respect.

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Scotland coach Gregor Townsend doesn't have full control over his players. Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS/SRU

Allan Massie: Stars need time off to hit heights on world stage

Ronan O’Gara was this week inducted into World Rugby’s Hall of Fame, the 12th Irishman to receive this honour. Like most honour lists, selection is a bit capricious. Ireland’s full-back and Lions captain, Tom Kiernan, is there, but not Ken Scotland, though Kiernan himself, interviewed on the day he won his 50th Irish cap (a record then), said that Ken Scotland was the greatest full-back he had played against: “it was an honour to be on the same field”.

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