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Gavin Harper

A freelance sports journalist who has written for Scottish Sports Mail, World Rugby, Six Nations, The Rugby Paper among others, with a special focus on Scottish rugby.

47 Articles

Scotland player ratings vs France | 2023 Summer Nations Series

Scotland player ratings: Scotland sorted out their slow start issues but were unable to deliver the 80-minute performance needed t…

Gavin Harper
Gavin Harper
12 Aug 2023, 17:15

Scotland player ratings vs France | 2023 Summer Nations Series

Scotland player ratings: Scotland overcame a 18-point half-time deficit to see off a largely second-string France at Murrayfield.

Gavin Harper
Gavin Harper
05 Aug 2023, 10:45

Scotland player ratings vs Italy | 2023 Summer Nations Series

Scotland player ratings: Two tries from wing Darcy Graham helped Scotland kick off their Rugby World Cup preparations with a 25-13…

Gavin Harper
Gavin Harper
29 Jul 2023, 11:48

The 3 Scottish Lions now fighting to prove their worth

Three men who have been trusted lieutenants by Gregor Townsend now face a battle to prove their worth to the Scotland coach ahead …

Gavin Harper
Gavin Harper
28 Jul 2023, 5:09

Scotland player ratings vs Italy | 2023 Guinness Six Nations

Scotland player ratings: A hat-trick of tries from Blair Kinghorn saw Scotland home despite a below-par performance against Italy.…

Gavin Harper
Gavin Harper
18 Mar 2023, 10:56

Scotland player ratings vs Ireland | 2023 Guinness Six Nations

Scotland player ratings: Scotland were denied a first Triple Crown since 1990 as Ireland continued their quest for a Grand Slam wi…

Gavin Harper
Gavin Harper
12 Mar 2023, 13:29
Opinion

Scotland player ratings vs France | 2023 Guinness Six Nations

Scotland player ratings: Scotland's hopes of a first Six Nations Grand Slam were brought to an end in Paris as France edged a puls…

Gavin Harper
Gavin Harper
26 Feb 2023, 12:43
Opinion

Scotland player ratings vs Wales | 2023 Guinness Six Nations

Scotland player ratings: Scotland backed up their Calcutta Cup success with a bonus point 35-7 thumping of a hapless Wales at Murr…

Gavin Harper
Gavin Harper
11 Feb 2023, 13:50

Scotland player ratings vs England | 2023 Guinness Six Nations

A pair of outstanding tries by Duhan van der Merwe saw Scotland retain the Calcutta Cup for a third successive year.

Gavin Harper
Gavin Harper
04 Feb 2023, 13:57

Scotland player ratings vs Argentina | Autumn Nations Series

Scotland ended their autumn campaign with a comprehensive win over 14-man Argentina at Murrayfield.

Gavin Harper
Gavin Harper
19 Nov 2022, 11:47

Scotland player ratings vs New Zealand | Autumn Nations Series

Gavin Harper
Gavin Harper
13 Nov 2022, 11:42

Scotland player ratings vs Fiji | Autumn Nations Series

Scotland bounced back from defeat to Australia a week ago to record their first win of this Autumn Nations Series campaign against…

Gavin Harper
Gavin Harper
05 Nov 2022, 11:13
Opinion

Scotland player ratings vs Argentina | 3rd Test July 2022

Scotland let a 15-point lead and a potential series victory slip away inside the final half hour as Argentina claimed a dramatic …

Gavin Harper
Gavin Harper
17 Jul 2022, 3:08

Ireland player ratings vs All Blacks | 3rd Test July 2022

Ireland made history once again as they toppled the All Blacks in Wellington to claim a series victory in New Zealand for the firs…

Gavin Harper
Gavin Harper
16 Jul 2022, 5:16
Opinion

Scotland player ratings vs Argentina | 2nd Test July 2022

Like the rest of the home nations, Scotland ensured this three-match series would go to a decider next weekend with a much-improve…

Gavin Harper
Gavin Harper
10 Jul 2022, 3:47

Ireland player ratings vs New Zealand | 2nd Test July 2022

History was made in Dunedin as Ireland beat the All Blacks in New Zealand for the first time. The visitors made hard work of their…

Gavin Harper
Gavin Harper
09 Jul 2022, 5:23

Scotland player ratings vs Argentina | 1st Test July 2022

Scotland's recent good run of form against Argentina came to a shuddering halt in Jujuy as the Pumas squeezed the tourists out of …

Gavin Harper
Gavin Harper
02 Jul 2022, 17:08

England player ratings vs Australia | 1st Test July 2022

England were unable to capitalise on a numerical advantage as Australia took a 1-0 lead in the series with a 30-21 win.

Gavin Harper
Gavin Harper
02 Jul 2022, 8:16

Ireland player ratings vs New Zealand | 1st Test July 2022

After three wins over the All Blacks in the last five outings, Ireland were brought back down to earth with a bang at Eden Park.

Gavin Harper
Gavin Harper
02 Jul 2022, 5:10

Scotland A vs Chile player ratings | 2022 Tour

Scotland's summer tour of South America got off to a winning start as Gregor Townsend's 'A' side breezed past Chile with a 45-5 vi…

Gavin Harper
Gavin Harper
26 Jun 2022, 5:24
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