My tribute to Jonah Lomu

I first played against Jonah in the quarter final of the 1995 Rugby World Cup at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, South Africa when I was part of the Scotland team that took on New Zealand. By that time I knew plenty about him and whilst he had hit the sporting headlines with his devastating performances in

Reflections of the best Rugby World Cup ever

I was recently asked to answer the following questions following the Rugby World Cup – here are my answers! Describe the World Cup in five words. Best Ever Rugby World Cup! Who was the player of the tournament? Nicolas Sanchez epitomised the brilliance of Argentina and the creativity of the Pumas – he was my

Scotland miss out on RWC semi final

I was hugely proud of Scotland’s performance. They were magnificent. They did not lose this game. They came second with pride and heads held high but for all their endeavour it still bloody hurts! I mentioned in my column on Saturday that Scotland had to stay in the game for a chance to win and

How Scotland can beat Australia

I attended both the Australian and Scotland media conferences yesterday and what concerned me was the down-beat atmosphere that emanated from the Scottish camp. The spectre of injustice was bearing down heavily on this squad and given the four changes to their starting fifteen it was obvious that this had affected their preparation in the

Scotland qualify for RWC Quarter finals

There is place on Corstorphine Hill in Edinburgh called the ‘Rest and be thankful’, where Robert Louis Stevenson’s tale of skulduggery and adventure ‘Kidnapped’, has David Balfour and Alan Breck say their final farewells whilst overlooking the city. That is exactly how I felt at the end of Scotland’s pulsating match with Samoa. Stevenson incidentally