Glenalmond College have agreed a three-year partnership with London Scottish which will see the Perthshire school host the famous rugby club for training and benefit from year-round input to their rugby programme.
Scotland’s most-capped rugby player Ross Ford has hung up his boots and will take on a role developing the next generation of young players from his native Border country.
Time was when Scotland used to spend a day training in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh as their warm weather preparation for games in steamy foreign climes but it’s far more scientific as they prepare for the Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend completed his 44-strong Rugby World Cup training squad by selecting Glasgow Warriors’ Scott Cummings and Kyle Steyn to fill the two remaining places.
If there’s consolation for Glasgow Warriors fans in the wake of their 18-15 loss to Leinster in Saturday’s Guinness PRO14 final, it’s that only the last two European champions could beat their team when it really mattered this year.
It seemed a ludicrous decision at the time, and hasn’t been placated by watching it back later.
Head coach Dave Rennie believes Glasgow are still “in a pretty good place” despite the departure of Stuart Hogg and the hurt at losing a tight Guinness PRO14 final to Leinster still so acute.
Leinster’s big-match experience just got them through to beat Glasgow in a pulsating Guinness PRO14 final in front of a record crowd at an atmospheric Celtic Park.
Stuart Hogg was not quite being restrained at Celtic Park in the hours before his final game for Glasgow in today’s Guinness PRO14 final, but “the brakes were on” after the departing full-back went “beserk” at training on Thursday.