The Official Scottish Rugby Podcast

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The Official Scottish Rugby Podcast brings fans exclusive behind the scenes interviews and information, news and discussion from the home of Scottish Rugby. It showcases the game across the country at all levels this podcast offering should be on every Scottish rugby fan's podcast playlist.

Women’s Tennent’s Premiership Final
#188
Last Thursday at 3:00 PM

On this week's episode of the Official Scottish Rugby Podcast Caroline is joined by Rugby Development Communications Manager, Caitlin Gould, Corstorphine Cougars captain, Emma Turner, and Stirling County captain, Katie Lindsay to chat all things Tennent’s Women’s Premiership Final.

 

Emma and Katie discuss their anticipation for this Saturday's final (28 January) after defeating Watsonian FC and Heriot’s Blues respectively in the semi-final play-offs earlier this month. Coverage at Bridgehaugh will start from 1.20pm on the Scottish Rugby website with commentary from Stuart McFarlane.


Ruaridh McConnochie
#187
01/20/2023

On this week's episode of the Official Scottish Rugby Podcast we are delighted to be joined by one of the four uncapped players named in Gregor Townsend's Scotland squad, Ruaridh McConnochie. 

The London-born Bath wing, 31, joins hosts Caroline Blair and Chris Paterson to discuss his excitement to fulfil his "childhood dream" of playing for Scotland. Following the change of rules can represent the country of his parents' birth because three years have passed since his last England cap.

We also hear from Director of Rugby Development, Gav Scott, Scottish Rugby Game Development Manager, Sinclair Patience a...


Rob Wainwright | Doddie Aid 2023
#186
01/12/2023

To kick off the first episode of 2023 we are delighted to be joined by former Scotland captain and British and Irish Lion, Rob Wainwright. 

Rob joins host Chris Paterson during the second week of this year's Doddie Aid - a virtual mass-participation exercise event he founded to help raise funds for My Name’5 Doddie Foundation which invests in research to find meaningful treatments for Motor Neuron Disease (MND).

There's still time to get involved by visiting doddieaid.com


Best of 2022 Special
#185
12/29/2022

Join us as we take a look back through the best moments of 2022. 

From Matt Fagerson winning player of the match at the Calcutta Cup, Mike Adamson talking through the highlights of his referring career, Heather Lockhart reviewing the World Cup in New Zealand, Hamish Watson exploring his journey to the international stage to remembering Tom Smith and Doddie Weir OBE. 

 


Christmas Special 2022 | Jamie Ritchie & Rachel Malcolm
#184
12/16/2022

On this year's Christmas Special and final episode of 2022, hosts Caroline Blair and Chris Paterson are joined by Scotland Captain's Jamie Ritchie, and Rachel Malcolm to reflect on the past year. They discuss how they spend Christmas, their favourite things about this time of year as well as their milestone moments of 2022. 


Judy Murray | Powering Conversation with SP Energy Networks
#183
12/16/2022

Judy Murray joins host, Rachel Malcom on the last episode of this series of Powering Conversation, powered by SP Energy Networks. They chat through her career in tennis as well as spending time on the golf course.


Don’t Be That Guy | Ben Atiga and Adrian Searle
#182
12/07/2022

On this week's episode of the Official Scottish Rugby Podcast host Caroline Blair is joined by ex-player and Player Development Manager, Ben Atiga, as well as Police Scotland's Communications Manager, Adiran Searle, to discuss the second phase of the Don't Be That Guy campaign.

Listen to their conversation as they discuss how men can take responsibility for ending sexual violence by changing their attitudes and behaviours towards women as well as challenging those of their peers. 


Remembering Doddie Weir with Jill Douglas & Jim Telfer
#181
12/01/2022

In this week's special episode hosts Caroline Blair and Chris Paterson are joined by Jill Douglas and Jim Telfer to share their memories of the late Doddie Weir. 

They remember Doddie’s colourful and positive character both on and off the pitch whether it be for his athletic and eye-catching performances in the Dark Blue of Scotland or for the inspirational response to his MND diagnosis.

 

 


Eve Muirhead | Powering Conversations with SP Energy Networks
#180
11/29/2022

Rachel Malcolm is joined by Scottish former curler skip of the winning 2022 British Olympic Curling team Eve Muirhead in this week's special podcast episode of Powering Conversation, powered by SP Energy Networks to talk through her professional curling career. 


Lee Jones | Autumn Nation Series Wrap Up
#179
11/24/2022

After a thrilling win over Argentina on Saturday and wrapping up this year's Autumn Nation Series we are delighted to be joined by former Scotland Internationalist Lee Jones.

Lee joins Chris and Caroline to discuss life in retirement, his riveting career and who he will be supporting in the upcoming 1872 cup. 

Chris and Caroline discuss Scotland's performance across all four fixtures and look ahead to next year. 


Fagerson & Shoeman | Preparing for the Pumas
#178
11/17/2022

Ahead of the final Autumn Nation Series fixture on Saturday 19 November we are delighted to be joined by Scotland Internationalists Zander Fagerson and Pierre Shoeman. 

Joining us in the team hotel after a day's training, they discuss life in Scotland camp, the dynamic between them both - being roommates as well as teammates and play 'Most likely to [...]' games. 

Chris and Caroline discuss the Autumn tests so far and look ahead to this weekend's fixture against Argentina. 


Gregor Townsend | Preparing for New Zealand
#177
11/11/2022

Ahead of the third Autumn Nation Series fixture on Sunday 13 November we are delighted to be joined by Scotland Head Coach, Gregor Townsend. 

Joining us straight from training Gregor talks through team selection for this Sunday's test against the All Blacks.

Chris and Caroline discuss his decision to put forward an experienced side, as well as how well Finn Russell has slotted back into the squad following Adam Hasting's injury last Saturday. They also take some time to explore the sense of brotherhood and the fun side to life in Scotland camp.


Mike Blair | From Club to Country
#176
11/04/2022

Ahead of the second Autumn Nation Series fixture on Saturday 5 November we are delighted to be joined by Edinburgh Head Coach Mike Blair to explore their URC season so far. 

Mike reflects on his own experiences in international sport, his move into coaching and the incredible home support at DAM Health Stadium. 

Caroline and Chris also discuss Scotland's narrow loss to Australia last Saturday, and what to expect from Townsend's men this weekend. 


Journey to the International Stage with Blair Kinghorn
#175
11/01/2022

Special Podcast Edition: Journey to the International Stage

Electric fly-half and one of Edinburgh Rugby's most exciting backline talents Blair Kinghorn, sits down with Scotland legend, Chris Paterson, to explore his rugby career thus far.

They explore the highs and lows of international rugby and candidly discuss Kinghorn's transition from football to rugby, motivations in life, and journey to the Scotland team. 


Countdown to Australia | Dave Rennie
#174
10/27/2022

Ahead of the Autumn Nation Series opener against Australia on Saturday 29 October we are delighted to be joined by Australian Head Coach Dave Rennie to explore preparations in camp as well as what they're expecting from Scotland.

Dave reflects on his time at Glasgow Warriors, the incredible home support in Scotland, and atmosphere at BT Murrayfield on match days.

Caroline is also joined by full-back Liam McNamara from Ayrshire Bulls and hooker Cal Davies from Watsonians ahead of this weekend's FOSROC Super6 Championship Final at DAM Health, Edinburgh (Sunday 30 Oct, kick off 4.45pm).


Matt & Zander Fagerson | Scotland Squad Reactions
#173
10/21/2022

Scotland Internationalists Rachel Malcolm and Caity Mattinson join us this week from in camp all the way from New Zealand.

They talk about the mood in camp following their narrow defeat against Australia, and their visit to Far North iwi Ngātiwai to learn more about Te Ao Māori with a welcome and cultural exchange at Ngunguru Marae.

Hosts Caroline Blair and Chris Paterson also chat about Gregor Townsend's squad ahead of the Autumn Nation Series and are joined by Matt and Zander Fagerson to discuss their delight at being named in the squad. Th...


Heather Lockhart | Scotland v Australia Preview
#172
10/13/2022

Scotland Captain Rachel Malcolm and Sports Scientist Fraser Menzies join us this week from in camp all the way from New Zealand.

They talk about the mood in camp following their last minute defeat against Wales, team nutrition and overall preparations ahead of Australia on Saturday. 

Hosts Caroline Blair and Chris Paterson are also joined by ex Scotland Internationalist and commentator, Heather Lockhart, to chat about all the latest rugby news, including last weekend's United Rugby Championship, Round 9 of the FOSROC Super6 Championship and the upcoming Autumn Nation Series.


Rachel Corsie | Powering Conversations with SP Energy Networks
#171
10/11/2022

Rachel Malcolm is joined by Professional footballer Rachel Corsie in this weeks special podcast episode of Powering Conversation, powered by SP Energy Networks to talk through her involvement with the Scotland national team and her career highlights to date. 


Dr James Robson | Brain Health Clinic
#170
10/06/2022

This week, on the Official Scottish Podcast, hosts Caroline Blair and Chris Paterson are joined by Scottish Rugby’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr James Robson MBE to discuss the paper published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. 

Dr Robson highlights the important role rugby has played in supporting research into the effects of concussion and brain health in recent years, as well as the impact of setting up the Brain Health clinic.


Gary Heatly & Anne Young | Looking ahead to the Rugby World Cup
#169
09/29/2022

Scotland Internationalists Rachel Malcolm and Anne Young join us this week from in camp all the way from New Zealand.

They talk about travelling to the southern hemisphere, their excitement for the upcoming Rugby World Cup fixtures and preparations in camp so far. 

Hosts Caroline Blair and Chris Paterson are also joined by Freelance Journalist, Gary Heatly, to chat about all the latest rugby news, including last weekend's United Rugby Championship, the closing weekend of the Rugby Championship and an exciting Round 7 of the FOSROC Super6 Championship. 


Kim James | Powering Conversation with SP Energy Networks
#168
09/22/2022

Rachel Malcolm is joined by Kim James in this weeks episode of Powering Conversation, powered by SP Energy Networks to talk through her involvement with Lismore RFC and her recent battle with breast cancer.


Scotland squad named for Rugby World Cup
#167
09/15/2022

Scotland Internationalists Rachel Malcolm, Emma Wassell, Lisa Thomson, Shona Campbell and Evie Wills and Head Coach Bryan Easson join us on this week's special Rugby World Cup episode of the Official Scottish Rugby Podcast.

They look back on the highs and lows of their Rugby World Cup qualification journey, their excitement for the upcoming fixtures and their families reactions to selection. 

Hosts Caroline Blair and Chris Paterson also chat about all the latest rugby news, including the opening weekend of the United Rugby Championship, Men's and Women's Tennent's Premiership and The Rugby Championship.


Chloe Rollie & Helen Nelson | Scotland v Spain Preview
#166
09/08/2022

Scotland Internationalists Chloe Rollie and Helen Nelson join us from camp on this week's episode of the Official Scottish Rugby Podcast.

Chloe and Helen review the Summer Test opener against USA and look ahead to this Sunday's final fixture against Spain before heading off to New Zealand for the Women's Rugby World Cup.

Hosts Caroline Blair and Chris Paterson chat about all the latest rugby news, including Scotland 7s Rugby World Cup in South Africa this weekend, the men's and women's Tennent's Premiership and The Rugby Championship. 


Ciera Campbell | Powering Conversation with SP Energy Networks
#165
09/05/2022

Scotland Captain and Host Rachel Malcolm is joined by Strathendrick Men’s Head Coach Ciera Campbell on the next episode of Powering Conversation with SP Energy Networks Season 2. Listen to their conversation as they discuss how Ciera got involved in rugby in general, her career highlights, and receiving her Young Person’s award in the 2022 Community Recognition. 


Ciaran Beattie & Jamie Farndale | Rugby World Cup Sevens
#164
09/02/2022

Scotland 7s Head Coach Ciaran Beattie and captain Jamie Farndale join us from LA on this week's episode of the Official Scottish Rugby Podcast.

Ciaran and Jamie review the final round of the World Rugby Sevens Series and look ahead to next weekend's Rugby World Cup Sevens in South Africa.

Caroline Blair, who is a new guest host on the podcast, chats to Chris Paterson about all the latest rugby news, including a review of Scotland's narrow defeat to USA, Round 4 of the FOSROC Super6 Championship, the men's and women's Tennent's Premiership and The Rugby...


Summer Tests Preview | Scotland v USA
#163
08/26/2022

Chris Paterson is joined by former Scotland internationals, Donna Kennedy and Lynne Reid, to preview this weekend's Summer Test opener against USA and look ahead to the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. Kennedy, the most capped Scotland player ever and Reid, the last player to captain a Scotland women's team at a Rugby World Cup, reminisce about playing for Scotland and reflect on what it is like to play at a Rugby World Cup. Chris also catches up with the Marr and Heriot's captains to look ahead to the start of the Men's Tennent's Premiership, which gets underway...


Hollie Davidson | Powering Conversation with SP Energy Networks
#162
08/22/2022

Scotland Captain and Host Rachel Malcolm is joined by professional rugby union referee Hollie Davidson on the first episode of Powering Conversation with SP Energy Networks Season 2. Listen to their conversation as they discuss how it all started as well as highlights of her impressive career so far. 


Summer Tests Preparation | Tyrone Holmes and Francesco Sella
#161
08/18/2022

Scotland Women Assistant Coach Tyrone Holmes and Strength and Conditioning Coach Francesco Sella join hosts Chris Paterson and Rachel Malcolm on this week's podcast to chat about Scotland women's upcoming Summer Tests and deep dive into training preparations. Chris and Rachel also review last weekend's international rugby results as well as the second round of the FOSROC Super6 Championship.

Chris Paterson also chats to Tennent's Women Premiership Captains about the upcoming season and what to expect from both Watsonians and Garioch. 


Jen Beattie | Powering Conversation with SP Energy Networks
#160
08/15/2022

Scotland and Arsenal football player Jen Beattie joins Rachel Malcolm on an episode of Powering Conversation with SP Energy Networks. Listen to their conversation from Season 1 as they discuss highlights of her career as well as battling injury and breast cancer. 

Season 2 coming soon.


Mike Adamson | Refereeing Guinness Six Nations to Rugby Championship
#159
08/11/2022

Scottish referee Mike Adamson joins Chris Paterson from Argentina on this week's podcast to chat about what it was like refereeing a Rugby Championship match for the first time, when he took charge of Argentina v Australia last weekend. He also looks ahead to this weekend's re-match between the sides, where he will be Assistant Referee. Mike talks about the pressures of being a referee, as well as how they preview and review matches. Chris is also joined once again by Rachel Malcolm to review the first round of the FOSROC Super6 Championship and look ahead to Scotland women's...


FOSROC Super6 Preview
#158
08/04/2022

Hosts Jo Wilson, Chris Paterson and Rachel Malcolm preview the 2022 FOSROC Super6 Championship.

They look ahead to the opening weekend of fixtures, starting with Ayrshire Bulls v Heriot's Rugby on Friday with Head Coaches Finlay Gillies and Pat MacArthur.

Jo, Chris and Rachel also discuss the appointment of Franco Smith as Glasgow Warrior's new Head Coach.


2022 Summer Tour Review with Jo Wilson & Chris Paterson
#157
07/21/2022

Jo Wilson and Chris Paterson dissect Scotland's Summer Tour to Argentina and look ahead to the Autumn Nations Series, which will see Scotland host Argentina at BT Murrayfield, along with Australia, Fiji and New Zealand.

They also review the other games which took place last weekend, including Ireland's historic win over the All Blacks and discuss the news this week that Scotland 7s will be replaced by a GB 7s team on the World Series.


Ewan Ashman | Argentina v Scotland Preview
#156
07/14/2022

Toronto-born, Scottish and Sale Sharks hooker Ewan Ashman joins us this week from Argentina to look ahead to the final of three Test matches against Argentina this weekend.

Ashman, who earned his first cap for Scotland in the 2021 Autumn Nations Series, talks to Jo Wilson and Rachel Malcolm about the honour of being selected for the 2022 Summer Test Series. 

Our hosts also chat about all the latest rugby news, including a review of last weekend's action, and Rachel talks about Scotland Women's Summer Tests against USA and Spain, as they prepare for the Rugby World C...


Journey to the International Stage with Hamish Watson
#155
07/07/2022

Special Podcast Edition: Journey to the International Stage

Elite ball carrier and one of world rugby's most exciting openside flankers, Hamish Watson sits down with Scotland legend, Chris Paterson, to explore his rugby career thus far.

They explore the highs and lows of international rugby and candidly discuss Watson's childhood, motivations in life, and journey to the Scotland team. 


Luke Crosbie | Preparing for the Pumas
#154
06/30/2022

Scotland and Edinburgh backrower Luke Crosbie joins us this week from Argentina to look ahead to the first of three Test matches against the Pumas this weekend.

Crosbie, who will make his first start for Scotland on Saturday talks to Jo Wilson, Chris Paterson and Rachel Malcolm about the honour of captaining Scotland A in the win over Chile last weekend.

Chris and Jo about all the latest rugby news, including a review of last weekend's action, they chat through the Scotland team for the first Test and Rachel talks about Scotland Women's Summer Tests...


George Horne | Chile v Scotland A Preview
#153
06/23/2022

Scotland and Glasgow Warriors scrum-half, George Horne joins us this week from Santiago to look ahead to the Summer Tour opener against Chile this weekend. Rachel Malcolm tells us how she's getting on with pre-season training with Scotland and Chris Paterson and Jo Wilson chat about all the latest rugby news.


Darcy Graham chats to Jo Wilson
#152
06/20/2022

On a special bonus episode of the Official Scottish Rugby Podcast, Scotland's Darcy Graham chats to Jo Wilson on the hallowed turf of BT Murrayfield.

In an insightful and revealing interview he looks back on his career to date and discusses the exciting season ahead.

He also chats emotionally about his brother's recovery from a serious car crash and how he has now gone into business with him.


Gemma Fay & Jim Mallinder | Women & Girls’ Strategy Launch
#151
06/16/2022

On this week's podcast Chris Paterson and Rachel Malcolm chat to Gemma Fay and Jim Mallinder about Scottish Rugby's Women & Girls’ Strategy 2022-2026.

Gemma explains the process they're going through and how work has already started behind the scenes on a number of exciting initiatives.

Jim talks about the link to the men's game and gives his thoughts on the FOSROC Super6.

Chris and Rachel also look back on last weekend's action in the URC and FOSROC Super6 Sprint Series and look ahead to this weekend's Super6 Pro-Alignment fixture at Millbrae.


Gregor Townsend & Kyle Rowe | Summer Tour Squad Announcement
#150
06/09/2022

On the 150th episode of the Official Scottish Rugby Podcast, Chris Paterson is joined by a new guest host, Jo Wilson for the first in-person podcast since March 2020.

Chris and Jo chat to Scotland Head Coach Gregor Townsend and winger Kyle Rowe, ahead of the games against Chile and Argentina.

They also speak to Cal Davies from Watsonians Rugby and Logan Trotter from Stirling County about the final round of matches in the FOSROC Super6 Sprint Series this weekend.


JP Doyle | Referee to Coach
#149
05/26/2022

Former international referee JP Doyle joins us on the latest episode of the Official Scottish Rugby Podcast to chat about his new role as Scottish Rugby's High Performance Referee Coach.

Ahead of speaking at the Game Development Conference this weekend, Doyle talks about what he learned as a referee, who the most difficult player to referee was and what has impressed him most about the FOSROC Super6 competition.

Commentators Hugh Dan MacLennan & Paul Mitchell also join us to review the FOSROC Super6 Sprint Series and to look ahead to the final three rounds of matches.<...