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Jamie Lyall

After abandoning a career in veterinary medicine, Jamie turned to sports journalism six years ago, aiming to harness his passions for sport, writing, and complementary pre-match buffets. While his career has not grown as prolifically as his body fat percentage, he was fortunate enough to learn his trade with Planet Rugby and BBC Scotland before entering the freelance world. He has since been offered several brilliant opportunities to launch his commentary career, and when not writing for RugbyPass, can often be found bellowing names into a microphone for the BBC, BT Sport and others.

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Exclusive: 'If you don't get results, they shoot you' - Why coaching is more brutal than ever

Social media venom and jumpy CEOs: the toll of the job on coaches and their families.

Jamie Lyall
Jamie Lyall
08 Jul 2023, 3:07
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Rugby World Cup stories: 'Argentina is not the a** of the world!'

In the first of a special new series, the inside story of Argentina's incredible 2007 World Cup is revealed

Jamie Lyall
Jamie Lyall
05 Jul 2023, 3:52
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'Dominici was smoking a cigar': Argentina's 2007 World Cup remembered in new RugbyPass series

A new RugbyPass series tells the biggest stories from the World Cup, starting with Argentina in 2007.

Jamie Lyall
Jamie Lyall
03 Jul 2023, 8:58
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Kiss and Goosen emerge as Edinburgh candidates

Les Kiss emerges as a contender for the Edinburgh head coach job weeks after the demise of London Irish.

Jamie Lyall
Jamie Lyall
26 Jun 2023, 6:15
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Interview

Kelly Brown: 'If I hadn't worn a helmet, I'd be dead'

Saracens stalwart Kelly Brown reflects on his trophy-laden career and a near-fatal bike crash as he prepares to leave rugby.

Jamie Lyall
Jamie Lyall
11 Jun 2023, 2:15
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Analysis

The players who lit up the nine Rugby World Cups

With 100 days to go to the Rugby World Cup, RugbyPass revisits the feats of those who set the global showpiece ablaze

Jamie Lyall
Jamie Lyall
31 May 2023, 10:33
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Analysis

Saracens back on their perch to continue the dynasty

Despite spirited resistance from Sale Sharks, few members of the Twickenham crowd doubted Mark McCall's men would wrestle back the…

Garry Doyle   Jamie Lyall   Owain Jones
Garry Doyle   Jamie Lyall   Owain Jones
29 May 2023, 10:18
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Interview

Adam Hastings: 'When you're injured, you question a lot of things'

Adam Hastings has recovered from two spectacularly ill-timed injuries to target a place in Scotland's Rugby World Cup squad

Jamie Lyall
Jamie Lyall
27 May 2023, 15:51
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Interview

Jackson Wray: 'Saracens showed critics we are stronger than any of you think'

Jackson Wray has experienced glory, despair and tumult as he bids to end a 15-year Saracens career with a ninth trophy.

Jamie Lyall
Jamie Lyall
26 May 2023, 8:33
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Interview

Charles Piutau: 'People said you leave New Zealand to retire'

Charles Piutau was written off when he left New Zealand aged 24, but has found an exhilarating career path in Europe.

Jamie Lyall
Jamie Lyall
25 May 2023, 2:32
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Opinion

RugbyPass Plus' URC team of the season

After a frenetic campaign, RugbyPass Plus selects its United Rugby Championship team of the season.

Jamie Lyall
Jamie Lyall
25 May 2023, 7:03
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Opinion

La Rochelle complete the modern-day miracle

It's been a challenging season in rugby but the Heineken Cup final showed the game can reach parts few other sports can on a breat…

Garry Doyle   Jamie Lyall   Owain Jones
Garry Doyle   Jamie Lyall   Owain Jones
22 May 2023, 7:20
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Interview

Sam Nixon: Jeremy Clarkson, Sir Alex Ferguson and life in the madcap ProD2

A fed-up Sam Nixon almost retired at 25, but returning to France and the turbulent waters of the ProD2 has given the prop a new le…

Jamie Lyall
Jamie Lyall
19 May 2023, 11:01
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Opinion

'Steely Franco Smith confounds critics as Glasgow stand on brink of history'

Franco Smith's appointment was met with indifference by many Glasgow fans. In his first season, his side are one match away from S…

Jamie Lyall
Jamie Lyall
18 May 2023, 10:06
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Jono Ross: 'People said I was going to a nothing club'

Sale Sharks totem Jono Ross has his say on the salary cap, fan abuse and Premiership owners as he explains his decision to retire.

Jamie Lyall
Jamie Lyall
28 Apr 2023, 4:01
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Interview

Sione Vailanu: 'I was out of shape and lazy; I had to push myself'

Sione Vailanu talks devastating tsunamis, being coached by Jonah Lomu, and losing 15KG to become Glasgow's colossus.

Jamie Lyall
Jamie Lyall
26 Apr 2023, 4:27
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Opinion

Saracens' road to redemption gathers pace

The late Premiership Final loss to Leicester Tigers will have hurt Mark McCall's men and they will be fired to reclaim their title

Garry Doyle   Jamie Lyall   Owain Jones
Garry Doyle   Jamie Lyall   Owain Jones
24 Apr 2023, 9:13
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Interview

Francke Horn: 'I could hardly breathe... my heart was damaged'

The Lions fulcrum nearly had his career ended by a heart condition but has become of the URC's top performing back-rows.

Jamie Lyall
Jamie Lyall
21 Apr 2023, 2:37
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Analysis

All hail Chris Ashton, the Premiership's first try-centurion

The much-travelled England wing has spent a career scoring tries and he crossed an impressive milestone against Exeter Chiefs

Garry Doyle   Jamie Lyall   Owain Jones
Garry Doyle   Jamie Lyall   Owain Jones
17 Apr 2023, 7:32
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Interview

How Dennis Rodman and Kobe Bryant fuelled new-look Glasgow's rise

Glasgow drew inspiration from basketball stars during a brutal pre-season programme to set them up for success

Jamie Lyall
Jamie Lyall
05 Apr 2023, 15:07
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