Rugby

  • 31 October 2014

    A heartwarming effort by Edinburgh and a brave response to the injury crisis that had robbed them of the guts of their team, but they were still outclassed by a Leinster side whose sharpness near the line made all the difference at the Roya Dublin Society ground.

  • 31 October 2014

    A Scottish Borderer leading his team to victory in a Rugby World Cup final . . . for all that some would have us believe otherwise, it is an unimaginable notion in this day and age. Yet there was a time when it was not so. A gathering in the rugby heartland tonight, as Scotland contest a potential Rugby League European Championship decider with France at Gala's Netherdale, will provide an appropriate commemoration of the occasion.

  • 31 October 2014

    As they have watched their team run up comfortable wins in their last six clashes with Treviso, Glasgow fans should be licking their lips at the prospect of seeing their side host the Italians at Scotstoun tonight.

  • 30 October 2014

    WHEN George Graham was unveiled as part of the hapless Matt Williams' Scotland coaching team at Stirling University's management centre a decade ago, I could not resist asking this product of the town's notorious Raploch housing estate whether he had been on the campus previously.

  • 30 October 2014

    IF you submitted the design for Rob Harley to the Patent Office it would be rejected on the long-established principle that they do not accept claims for perpetual motion machines.

  • 28 October 2014

    Since he pressed his career's fast-forward button late last season, it has become easy to forget that there are a lot of things Finn Russell still hasn't done in rugby.

  • 28 October 2014

    The search for a new Scotland captain will resume this week ­following confirmation that Grant Gilchrist, who was appointed to the position barely a week ago, had suffered a fractured arm in the course of Edinburgh's 25-17 European ­Challenge Cup victory over Lyon Olympique Universitaire at Murrayfield on Friday evening.