Glasgow Warriors are hoping for a better news regarding the knee injury of Graeme Morrison. The Scotland centre, 28, was carried off the Firhill pitch 13 minutes into Glasgow’s 1872 Cup first-leg win over Edinburgh, also a Magners League match.

“I don’t know how long he’s going to be out but I understand at the moment it’s weeks rather than months,” said Lineen.

“He’s a crucial player for us and for Scotland. I really feel for him.”

And the Warriors boss added: “He’s been playing really well for us, but he’ll get the best treatment and he’ll be back as soon as we can get him back.”


Many pundits have said that the new cash deal that has been signed by Scottish rugby is good for them. The Royal Bank of Scotland deal will range from sponsorship of the national team’s shirts after the Six Nations to a rebranding of the domestic leagues.

SRU chief executive Gordon McKie was delighted with the RBS involvement.

“Attracting such a high-profile brand is testimony to the hard work undertaken,” he said.

The three-and-a-half year sponsorship deal encompasses the game from grassroots to senior international level.


Scotland recorded a narrow win over Samoa in the rugby union. The hard-fought victory builds on the triumph over South Africa last weekend.

The physical Samoans scored the first try through Kahn Fotualii after quick thinking by George Pisi but Andy Robinson’s men responded strongly.

Dan Parks’ boot kept Scotland on top and Nikki Walker ran in a try before Jackson scored his late winning kick. Parks’ penalty in the third minute got the scoreboard moving, his 41st in Test matches dispatched with a familiar wallop from his right foot.

That helped to settle the home side at a bitterly cold Pittodrie against the Samoans, five places behind the sixth-placed Scots in the IRB rankings.

The emphasis in the build-up to this final autumn Test was one of caution and determination, head coach Andy Robinson constantly urging his players to forget about last week’s win over world champions South Africa and to focus instead on building consistency.