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Saracens is a test of Edinburgh’s progress - but Challenge Cup format leaves Mike Blair slightly baffled

Mike Blair was disappointed that his Edinburgh side had failed to entertain sufficiently in front of their own fans as they beat Benetton on Friday night but the coach is canny enough to know that a more prudent approach is likely to be required when they travel to Barnet to take on Saracens on Saturday.

scotsman.com ,  21 hours ago 1
Saracens is a test of Edinburgh’s progress - but Challenge Cup format leaves Mike Blair slightly baffled

Edinburgh 24-10 Benetton: Capital club up to second as Blair Kinghorn shines

Edinburgh moved up second place in the United Rugby Championship with a bonus-point victory over Benetton illuminated by an impressive display from stand-off Blair Kinghorn. Starting the game in the No 10 role, he had a major part to play in first-half tries from Darcy Graham and Emiliano Boffelli.

edinburghnews.scotsman.com ,  1 day ago 0
Edinburgh 24-10 Benetton: Capital club up to second as Blair Kinghorn shines

Blair Kinghorn can succeed at 10, but Chris Paterson has a warning for Edinburgh's utility man

Blair Kinghorn will start at stand-off for Edinburgh for the fourth time in seven games this season as the capital side host Benetton in the United Rugby Championship this evening, looking to extend their winning run to four matches. The versatile back played much of his schoolboy rugby at fly-half and the decision to convert him back to the playmaker’s role is not only being driven by his club.

scotsman.com ,  2 days ago 0
Blair Kinghorn can succeed at 10, but Chris Paterson has a warning for Edinburgh's utility man

Siobhan Cattigan: Mike Blair pays tribute as rugby community mourns her sudden passing

Mike Blair has paid tribute to Siobhan Cattigan, the Scotland Women’s internationalist who died on Friday. News of the 26-year-old’s passing was made public on Tuesday night by the Scottish Rugby Union and her club, Stirling County. The back-row forward started all three of Scotland’s Six Nations games this year at No 8 and was part of the squad that travelled to Italy in September for the European leg of the World Cup qualifiers.

scotsman.com ,  2 days ago 2
Siobhan Cattigan: Mike Blair pays tribute as rugby community mourns her sudden passing

Hearts' Craig Gordon reveals crucial factor in Scotland's World Cup play-off hopes ahead of draw

Hearts goalkeeper Craig Gordon is convinced a full national stadium will be pivotal to Scotland chances of navigating the World Cup play-offs, the draw for which takes place in Zurich tomorrow. As seeds, Scotland will play their semi-final at home against either Poland, North Macedonia, Turkey, Ukraine, Austria or Czech Republic, with a separate draw also staged to decide a venue for the final should they advance.

scotsman.com ,  10 days ago 0
Hearts' Craig Gordon reveals crucial factor in Scotland's World Cup play-off hopes ahead of draw

Stuart Hogg sets all-time Scotland try record against Japan

Stuart Hogg set a new Scottish try record against Japan by restoring Scotland’s lead at BT Murrayfield. Hogg started and finished the move for the historic moment on his 88th cap, bounding from the middle of the field before offloading to Chris Harris in the 26th minute.

scotsman.com ,  15 days ago 1
Stuart Hogg sets all-time Scotland try record against Japan

Javan Sebastian to cap memorable week with Scotland debut after baby joy

Gregor Townsend has restored Hamish Watson, Darcy Graham and Sam Johnson to the Scotland side to face Japan on Saturday and handed a first start to Josh Bayliss but it is the inclusion of two uncapped players on the bench which raises most intrigue. Javan Sebastian and Dylan Richardson can both expect to make their international debuts at Murrayfield after being named among the replacements for the Scots’ final match of the Autumn Nations Series.

scotsman.com ,  16 days ago 0
Javan Sebastian to cap memorable week with Scotland debut after baby joy

Glasgow Warriors make short-term swoop for Ayr's Jordan

Glasgow have signed utility back Tom Jordan from 2021 FOSROC Super6 champions Ayrshire Bulls. The 23-year-old, who previously trained with Danny Wilson' s squad, has moved to Scotstoun on a short-term deal until the end of the season. Jordan, from Auckland, New Zealand, told the Warriors website: "I've been here in and out over the last year or so, but to sign a professional contract is awesome.

scotsman.com ,  17 days ago 0
Glasgow Warriors make short-term swoop for Ayr's Jordan

Quick turnaround for George Turner can cap a positive year against Japan

Scotland hooker George Turner is determined to end a largely positive year on a high after making a swift recovery from injury to enter contention for Saturday’s Autumn Nations curtain call against Japan. Turner suffered a rib injury early in Scotland' s victory over Australia and subsequently missed last weekend's 30-15 defeat to South Africa.

scotsman.com ,  17 days ago 0
Quick turnaround for George Turner can cap a positive year against Japan

Former Rangers midfielder Kevin Thomson makes management link admission after picture post

Kevin Thomson has quelled speculation he could be part of Rangers’ search for a new management team after an innocent photo sparked an internet frenzy. The current Kelty Hearts boss published a photo from his time in Glasgow on his social media channels alongside a handshake emoji and a football.

scotsman.com ,  18 days ago 9
Former Rangers midfielder Kevin Thomson makes management link admission after picture post

AB Zondagh thinks Scotland can ‘crack the Da Vinci code’ as new coach gives backing to Finn Russell

Scotland may have lost to the Springboks on Saturday but AB Zondagh believes Gregor Townsend’s team can turn things around before the nations next meet at the Rugby World Cup in France. Plotting the downfall of South Africa is akin to cracking the Da Vinci code, according to the new attack coach who has been impressed by the belief shown by the Scotland squad in his short time here.

scotsman.com ,  19 days ago 1
AB Zondagh thinks Scotland can ‘crack the Da Vinci code’ as new coach gives backing to Finn Russell

Hearts v Hibs women derby set to be played at Tynecastle

Hearts are aiming to attract another bumper crowd to the women’s Edinburgh derby – by announcing that the return match will be played at Tynecastle Park next month. The Gorgie club have followed the example set by Hibs earlier in the season by announcing that tickets for the SWPL1 match on Wednesday, December 15 will be free of charge.

edinburghnews.scotsman.com ,  20 days ago 0
Hearts v Hibs women derby set to be played at Tynecastle

In pictures: Hearts remember their fallen at annual Haymarket service

The annual Remembrance Sunday Service has taken place at the Heart of Midlothian War Memorial at Haymarket. Conducted by club chaplain Andy Prime, the service was attended by the first-team, head coach Robbie Neilson, coaching staff and members of the board on Sunday morning. The annual service commemorates the Hearts players who died in World War I.

edinburghnews.scotsman.com ,  20 days ago 0
In pictures: Hearts remember their fallen at annual Haymarket service

1. GK - Craig Gordon

Three points in Chisinau will guarantee a second place in Group F and a place in the World Cup play-offs. Failure to do so would require a positive result at home to Denmark in the final group match on Monday, unless Israel lose away to Austria in their penultimate fixture then Scotland will qualify for the play-offs regardless of their result in Moldova.

scotsman.com ,  23 days ago 1
1. GK - Craig Gordon

Scotland team v Moldova: Is this Steve Clarke's starting line-up with five enforced changes?

Scotland can take a big step towards qualification for next year’s World Cup in Qatar with victory in Moldova on Friday evening. Three points in Chisinau will guarantee a second place in Group F and a place in the World Cup play-offs. Failure to do so would require a positive result at home to Denmark in the final group match on Monday, unless Israel lose away to Austria in their penultimate fixture then Scotland will qualify for the play-offs regardless of their result in Moldova.

scotsman.com ,  23 days ago 1
Scotland team v Moldova: Is this Steve Clarke's starting line-up with five enforced changes?

Why impressive former Irish FA chief Gerry Mallon wants to do Foundation of Hearts role

It is a new era for Foundation of Hearts. From playing a pivotal role in saving the club to generating key funds for both the new Main Stand and playing budget, they are now in their first few months of being the largest fan-owned club in the UK.

edinburghnews.scotsman.com ,  24 days ago 1
Why impressive former Irish FA chief Gerry Mallon wants to do Foundation of Hearts role

Finn Russell: South Africa explain why there will be no special treatment for stand-off at Murrayfield

South Africa insist they are not focusing on stopping Finn Russell as they seek to puncture Scottish momentum in the Autumn Nations Series. The world champions are the visitors to Murrayfield on Saturday and the old ground will be packed to the rafters once more as the home support look to see if the Scots can make it three wins in a row after beating Tonga and Australia.

scotsman.com ,  26 days ago 0
Finn Russell: South Africa explain why there will be no special treatment for stand-off at Murrayfield

George Turner: Scotland deliver upbeat medical bulletin on injured hooker

Scotland have delivered an upbeat medical bulletin on George Turner ahead of this Saturday’s match against South Africa at BT Murrayfield. The hooker lasted only 11 minutes of the win over Australia on Sunday after sustaining a rib injury. The initial prognosis was that he was unlikely to recover in time to face the Springboks.

scotsman.com ,  26 days ago 0
George Turner: Scotland deliver upbeat medical bulletin on injured hooker

Scotland’s physicality pleased Gregor Townsend but he knows South Africa will be even tougher

Gregor Townsend was delighted with the way his Scotland side stood up to Australia’s physicality but knows it will be even tougher next weekend when South Africa are the visitors. Scotland made it two wins from two in the Autumn Nations Series by following last week’s thumping of Tonga with a tense 15-13 victory over Australia at BT Murrayfield.

scotsman.com ,  27 days ago 0
Scotland’s physicality pleased Gregor Townsend but he knows South Africa will be even tougher