Rugby Archive

  • Wednesday 22 January 2014

    Megan Gaffney believes there are more exciting times ahead at Hillhead/Jordanhill after the Glasgow side consolidated their position as the best team in the country by lifting the RBS Women's Premier League title on Sunday.

  • Tuesday 21 January 2014

    Paul Ackford, the former England lock, once said that the essence of an international coach's job is making the right decisions in selection.

  • Tuesday 21 January 2014

    NATHAN HINES, the former Scotland stalwart, will return to the UK next season after agreeing to join Sale Sharks on a two-year deal after his commitments at Clermont Auvergne end in June.

  • Tuesday 21 January 2014

    Paul O'Connell has resisted the opportunity of a move to France to sign a two-year central contract which will keep him at Munster until 2016.

  • Monday 20 January 2014

    An old-fashioned Munster mugging for Edinburgh, who had their hopes of an Amlin Cup place not just obliterated, but thoroughly mocked by a second-half performance in which they were not remotely the equals of their opponents.

  • Monday 20 January 2014

    The Edinburgh captain Greig Laidlaw last night admitted that he and his Edinburgh players had let themselves down as they were dumped out of European competition with a 38-6 drubbing by Munster at Thomond Park.

  • Monday 20 January 2014

    When Ayr lost on Jersey in September - they had several grievances about the refereeing - one of the travelling support predicted:

  • Monday 20 January 2014

    Glasgow Warriors spoiled one European party with a spectacular late victory over Northampton a year ago and, as they surged forward in the closing stages on Saturday, it looked as if they were going to do something very similar to Toulon.

  • Sunday 19 January 2014

    As he rattles through the litany of martial arts and combat sports he tried before devoting himself to rugby - judo, wrestling, Thai boxing, amateur boxing, amateur wrestling, Brazilian jujitsu, ultimate fighting - the suspicion grows that Omar Mouneimne's early life was dominated by his search for a competitive outlet in which the rules allowed him to talk opponents into submission.

  • Sunday 19 January 2014

    FORMER national team head coach Frank Hadden has claimed there are too many foreigners in influential posts in the Scottish game.

  • Sunday 19 January 2014

    G LASGOW produced a storming finish to take the defending Heineken Cup champions to the wire in their final Pool 2 match, but really should have summoned that spine-tingling closing rally much earlier had they wanted to keep their European hopes alive.

  • Saturday 18 January 2014

    Tradition has long since established the Heineken Cup's final round of pool games as perhaps the most compelling weekend on the rugby calendar, but this year you suspect the tournament's title sponsors must feel a niggling sense of embarrassment about their association with a product that has apparently lost its fizz.

  • Saturday 18 January 2014

    Heather Lockhart is a determined character at the best of times, and she and her Hillhead/Jordanhill team-mates will head to Murrayfield Wanderers looking to complete the perfect league campaign.

  • Friday 17 January 2014

    Sean Lamont would prove his durability by starting all 11 Tests Scotland played last year and the veteran back - he turned 33 on Wednesday - looks handily placed to extend that sequence of appearances when the RBS 6 Nations Championship gets under way next month.

  • Friday 17 January 2014

    The Scotland Sevens squad were given an auspicious send off yesterday as they prepare to fly out to Las Vegas for the fourth leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series.

  • Thursday 16 January 2014

    Retaining their RBS Premiership crown will be beyond Ayr in what is left of this season but the future looks bright for the Millbrae club, given the talent pouring from their newly created academy structure.

  • Thursday 16 January 2014

    Scott Johnson sometimes seemed to be handing out caps like confetti during his first year in the job, but the Scotland head coach yesterday revealed a rather more miserly side to his character as he named a 36-man Six Nations training squad which included just two individuals who have yet to play for their country.

  • Thursday 16 January 2014

    Having beguiled his audience by pulling some unlikely rabbits from his hat at previous Scotland rugby squad announcements, the interim head coach Scott Johnson opted to bamboozle them instead yesterday as he left a number of experienced and in-form players out of his 36-strong preliminary party for the forthcoming RBS 6 Nations Championship.

  • Thursday 16 January 2014

    Jonathan Davies, the British and Irish Lions centre, appears firmly on course to play a part in Wales' RBS 6 Nations campaign.

  • Wednesday 15 January 2014

    Kelly Brown has been told the Scotland captaincy is his to keep - but only so long as he can justify his place.

  • Wednesday 15 January 2014

    With a Scotland squad due to be announced today and the champions of Europe pitching up at Scotstoun on Saturday, it's fair to say that Henry Pyrgos has much to look forward to this week.

  • Wednesday 15 January 2014

    Youth rugby in Scotland will take a significant step forward next Friday when Ayr, the National Under-18 League champions, play George Watson's College, the Brewin Dolphin Scottish Schools Under-18 Cup winners in what may be the first step in a serious attempt to bring together club and school rugby.

  • Wednesday 15 January 2014

    SEAN LINEEN, the Scotland Under-20 head coach, has announced a squad of 26 for the two-day training camp next Monday and Tuesday and a match against the Scotland Club XV on Wednesday at Netherdale, the venue for Scotland's U20 matches against England and France.

  • Wednesday 15 January 2014

    Scotland have been given a daunting task by the draw for this year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, which has placed them alongside four-times champions New Zealand, the acknowledged superpowers of the abbreviated game.

  • Tuesday 14 January 2014

    Marr College's attempt to retain the Brewin Dolphin Scottish Schools Under-18 Plate was dashed in the final minute of their semi-final when Gordonstoun kicked a penalty to clinch a 13-12 victory.

  • Tuesday 14 January 2014

    Edinburgh may have to vacate Murrayfield, albeit temporarily, as the Scottish Rugby Union continue their battle with the parasites that have damaged the international pitch.

  • Tuesday 14 January 2014

    Edinburgh have secured two of Scotland's most promising young scrum-halves until 2016.

  • Tuesday 14 January 2014

    Callum Templeton, the Ayr forward, has been rewarded for battling back from a long-term injury by being named in the Scotland Club XV squad for matches against Ireland and France.

  • Monday 13 January 2014

    Glasgow Warriors kept alive their slim hopes of playing European rugby beyond the Heineken Cup pool stages with a narrow win over Exeter Chiefs on Saturday.

  • Monday 13 January 2014

    Carl Bezuidenhout may have tested the Edinburgh fans' pronunciation skills when the club announced his arrival two weeks ago, but he proved just as perplexing to the Perpignan defence in the second half of this match when he twice joined the line to lay tries on plates for his team-mates.