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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.

Opinion

Scottish rugby enters uncharted territory

Early in the second half, a wave of anxiety swept around Murrayfield. You could feel the nerves in the simmering atmosphere.

Jamie Lyall
Jamie Lyall
12 Feb 2023, 3:02
FEATURE
Exclusive

Sebastian Negri: 'They broke my aunt's arms, cut my uncle's ear and my mum was held hostage'

After fleeing Zimbabwe and Robert Mugabe's gangs, Sebastian Negri found sanctuary, joy and pride in Italy.

Jamie Lyall
Jamie Lyall
09 Feb 2023, 3:47
FEATURE
Analysis

Van der Merwe's heroics silence the Twickenham masses

A try for the ages lights up a thrilling opening weekend of Six Nations rugby as Scotland, Ireland and France register away wins

Garry Doyle   Jamie Lyall   Owain Jones
Garry Doyle   Jamie Lyall   Owain Jones
06 Feb 2023, 7:48
FEATURE

Six Nations: Team of round one

After a rout in Rome, a hoodoo shattered, and a needle-laden Cardiff tussle, The XV picks out the stars of the opening round of th…

Jamie Lyall
Jamie Lyall
08 Feb 2021, 9:00
FEATURE
Exclusive

Jake Polledri: 'The hardest thing is having no answers'

The Gloucester favourite is back in international waters after two years of pride-shattering injury and personal loss.

Jamie Lyall
Jamie Lyall
02 Feb 2023, 15:44
FEATURE
Interview

Nick Grigg: Sumo wrestling, pub knock-outs, fireworks and the Calcutta Cup

Scotland's Nick Grigg has gone from Glasgow to Japan and experienced rugby's weird and wonderful, but he will never forget the 201…

Jamie Lyall
Jamie Lyall
03 Feb 2023, 11:04

This, surely, is Scotland's time to come of age

Down on the touchline, the Scotland players walked over to where their relatives were housed.

Jamie Lyall
Jamie Lyall
05 Feb 2023, 3:19
Opinion

Scotland will beat England or die trying

England have laid paws on the Calcutta Cup once in five years. Their towering home record has gone up in smoke.

Jamie Lyall
Jamie Lyall
02 Feb 2023, 11:45
FEATURE
Analysis

Is Welsh belief growing with the return of Warren Gatland?

The influence of the legendary Welsh coach has been seen after an upturn in fortunes for the beleaguered Welsh regions

Garry Doyle   Jamie Lyall   Owain Jones
Garry Doyle   Jamie Lyall   Owain Jones
23 Jan 2023, 8:41
FEATURE
Exclusive

Dave Cherry: 'If I see lads wasting an opportunity, I have a word'

Dave Cherry ended Scotland's worst rugby hoodoo on debut. He talks eye gouges, kiwi bars and the Calcutta Cup

Jamie Lyall
Jamie Lyall
01 Feb 2023, 1:58
FEATURE
Analysis

RFU tackle-law debacle highlights rugby's existential crisis

The challenge for rugby to become a safer sport but still retain the elements that have made it a cherished sport to so many has b…

Garry Doyle   Jamie Lyall   Owain Jones
Garry Doyle   Jamie Lyall   Owain Jones
30 Jan 2023, 9:39
FEATURE
Analysis

Which players will light up the Six Nations?

A few players will have points to prove when the Six Nations kicks off in February.

Jamie Lyall
Jamie Lyall
19 Jan 2023, 11:37
FEATURE
Exclusive

Mike Cusack: Veet cream, Normandy beaches and life in the French sixth tier

Former Scotland prop Mike Cusack finds himself living amid the history of Normandy and coaching in the French sixth tier.

Jamie Lyall
Jamie Lyall
18 Jan 2023, 3:27
FEATURE
Analysis

Will Eddie have the last laugh?

The sacked England coach has gone home where he hopes to leave a legacy with the Wallabies, starting with a World Cup run in Franc…

Garry Doyle   Jamie Lyall   Owain Jones
Garry Doyle   Jamie Lyall   Owain Jones
16 Jan 2023, 7:23
FEATURE
Exclusive

Rob du Preez: Sale's brotherhood, fancy dress and 'big dog' siblings

Rob du Preez is at the forefront of a clutch of fearsome siblings steering Sale towards the Premiership summit.

Jamie Lyall
Jamie Lyall
12 Jan 2023, 2:10
FEATURE
Opinion

Farrell divides opinion like no other

The high-profile Saracen is in hot-water after a dubious tackle but his enduring qualities endear him to team-mates

Garry Doyle   Jamie Lyall   Owain Jones
Garry Doyle   Jamie Lyall   Owain Jones
09 Jan 2023, 6:18
FEATURE
Interview

Tom Jordan: 'Where is this going...am I even good enough?'

Tom Jordan swapped New Zealand for Scotland in his arduous quest to make it as a professional player.

Jamie Lyall
Jamie Lyall
08 Jan 2023, 2:41
FEATURE
Exclusive

Antoine Frisch: 'They said I wasn't good enough - I took that personally'

Ejected from the Stade Francais academy at 19, Antoine Frisch has taken a circuitous route to success at Munster

Jamie Lyall
Jamie Lyall
05 Jan 2023, 3:27
FEATURE
Analysis

Scottish rugby's wish list for 2023

There are hopes north of the border that the New Year can bring a wave of optimism but there is clearly much work to be done

Jamie Lyall
Jamie Lyall
03 Jan 2023, 6:20
FEATURE
Exclusive

'I feel let down': Rory Sutherland on Worcester, Ulster and the Top 14

Rory Sutherland describes how Worcester "dragged my family through the dirt", why he can't stay at Ulster, and the allure of a Top…

Jamie Lyall
Jamie Lyall
24 Dec 2022, 5:11
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