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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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Garry Doyle   Jamie Lyall   Owain Jones

Tigers continue to bare their teeth

Leicester Tigers continue to blaze a trail in the Premiership, while Munster and Cardiff scramble to prepare for Europe after Sout…

Garry Doyle   Jamie Lyall   Owain Jones

Premiership heavyweights go toe-to-toe

Saracens come out on top in slugfest over Sale, the Samoans put on a sad show at Twickenham and the URC flies in to Covid chaos

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Jamie Lyall   Owain Jones

World XV of the Autumn Series

As a breathless 2021 draws to a close, RugbyPass selects its international team of the year.

INTERVIEW
Jamie Lyall

Factory to phenomenon: Melani Nanai's emotional voyage

An emotional Melani Nanai talks factory work, family and faith.

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Garry Doyle   Jamie Lyall   Owain Jones

England quicken the pulse but Eddie Jones will not rest on his laurels

The rugby world had its best day since crowds returned as France won hearts, England showed elan and Ireland finally kicked off th…

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Jamie Lyall   Owain Jones

Rebuilding the fortress

England continue the Wallabies poor run at Twickenham, Courtney Lawes playing the best rugby of his life, Wales searching for big …

Jamie Lyall

'He could win 100 caps - he's f***ing talented': Ewan Ashman by those who know him

How Ewan Ashman went from unknown club prospect to Scotland's try-scoring hooker extraordinaire.

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Garry Doyle   Jamie Lyall   Owain Jones

Scotland the braves

The first full round of inter-Hemisphere tests since the 2019 World Cup kicked off with a bang.

Jamie Lyall

Scotland v Australia: The Murrayfield duel

Sunday's autumn international at Murrayfield pits two cerebral coaches and former Glasgow men against each other.

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Jamie Lyall   Owain Jones

Bath looking to arrest worrying downturn in form

Bath head to Leicester Tigers is a state of disarray, Worcester finally get an all important win and Will Jordan announces himself…

INTERVIEW
Jamie Lyall

'I dreamed of being a farmer': Vaea Fifita's Tongan odyssey

From stark poverty and family strife to the summit of professional rugby, this is Vaea Fifita's story.

Jamie Lyall

Gareth Baber talks Fijian hostels, 3am meetings, Olympic gold and Edinburgh

From a 3am near-sacking to Olympic sevens gold, Gareth Baber brings hard-earned Fijian wisdom to his new role at Edinburgh.

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Jamie Lyall

Adam Hastings talks initiations, AirBnB and Gloucester's Shed

Adam Hastings is glad he left Glasgow Warriors for the relentless 'pressure' of the Premiership - even if it meant losing his hair…

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Jamie Lyall

Hot Rodd: Sale's dancing prop

Sale and England squad member Bevan Rodd talks scrum anguish, eclectic upbringings and naked dancing.

INTERVIEW
Jamie Lyall

Sean Robinson: Newcastle's line-out physicist

Sean Robinson never thought he would use his physics degree, love for problem-solving and mathematical aptitude to decipher Gallag…

Jamie Lyall

Rugby reprises the feel-good factor

The Gallagher Premiership form book is ripped up, Scotland’s women upset the form book and Zebo returns

Jamie Lyall

In with the new

After a grim last season, can Scotland's new-look pro-teams deliver a rousing campaign?

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Jamie Lyall

Raffi Quirke: Catch him if you can

Meet Raffi Quirke, Sale's resident barber, budding restaurateur and future England scrum-half.

Jamie Lyall

Montpellier's a winning proposal for Mercer

The former Bath No8 is a man on a mission following his move to France

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Jamie Lyall

England's future is in safe hands with Steward

Leicester’s full-back plans to get the Tigers back to the top - and keep his England starting spot

Jamie Lyall

Eyes on the prize

A Test match in all but name, the clash with South Africa A has shown the Lions precisely what awaits.

Jamie Lyall

Should the Lions run away with the Test Series?

The Tier 1 nations walloped the emerging nations in a one-side weekend of rugby while the Lions limp on

Jamie Lyall

Huw Jones' Harlequins harmony

Huw Jones and Harlequins are a match made in rugby heaven.

Jamie Lyall

England's next generation step-up

Some of England's fresh faces may be coming men, but others have already arrived.

Jamie Lyall

The Lions are up and running

The Lions are purring but the spectre of Covid tracks them around South Africa

Jamie Lyall

Premiership final: The key battles

Where might Saturday's mouth-watering Premiership Final be won and lost?

Jamie Lyall

John Hardie's race is run

The Scotland backrow reflects on a career of glory, trauma and fulfilment as he hangs up his boots

Jamie Lyall

The miracle of Ashton Gate

An astonishing weekend of rugby featured comebacks, trophies and breathtaking drama

Jamie Lyall

Lightening the Lood

Sale's giant Springbok talks family, injury, and facing the Lions

Jamie Lyall

Premiership team of the season

As a madcap campaign draws to a close, The XV selects its team of the season from England's top flight.

Jamie Lyall

Saracens power up

The Basque derby was settled in bonkers fashion as the Premiership campaign ended on a bumper weekend of rugby.

Jamie Lyall

The gloves are off

Coaching flare-ups, desperate injuries and Premiership drama featured on a tumultuous weekend's rugby.

Jamie Lyall

The Bear Cub

After sparkling form and an England call-up, Harry Randall had to deal with injury lows but he's back to spearhead a Bears title p…

Jamie Lyall

The Chiefs take flight

The Exeter Chiefs are looking ominous as Tuilagi returns and Harlequins dazzle their way into the play-offs

Jamie Lyall

Reclaiming their crown

Toulouse and Montpellier were the big winners from a weekend where crowds started to make their presence felt again

Jamie Lyall

Strength through pain

Kyle Sinckler's emotive interview stood out on a weekend of sparkling rugby and controversy

Jamie Lyall

Laying the myth to rest

Eight Scottish Lions is a deserved return for a side that has shown it can thrive away from Murrayfield

Jamie Lyall

The Lions lowdown

Warren Gatland has just announced his 37-man squad for the tour of South Africa so here's your cheat sheet

Jamie Lyall

Ready to step up

As the Rainbow Cup kicks into life and Premiership Rugby reaches its denouement, everyone is talking about the Lions

Jamie Lyall

The Tongan tornado

Malakai Fekitoa overcame near-permanent disability to reach the pinnacle of world rugby.

Jamie Lyall

Return of the Gat

Glorious free-flowing rugby, Lions talk and petty squabbles dominate the weekend's talking points

Jamie Lyall

Earning the right

Wanted by Scotland and England, Cam Redpath smashed a Calcutta Cup hoodoo on debut. This is his story.

Jamie Lyall

Laying down a marker

Leinster will be left to take on the power of the Top 14 and English contenders fell by the wayside in Europe

Jamie Lyall

Ruling the roost

Sam James isn't chicken about talking up Sale's chances of challenging at the top

Jamie Lyall

Blonde ambition

Faf de Klerk has spent a career confounding critics and his bite around the fringes may trouble the Lions

Jamie Lyall

Never give up hope

A scintillating Six Nations, a try-fest in the Premiership and a familiar Pro14 ending, it's all in our weekend wrap

Jamie Lyall

On a wing and a prayer

Scotland can still party like it's 1999 in France despite missing Sean Maitland

Jamie Lyall

Agony and ecstasy

A modern-day classic in Paris, a humbling in Dublin and a walkover in Edinburgh, the Six Nations finale had it all

Jamie Lyall

Who makes our Lions XV?

A bonkers Six Nations leaves Warren Gatland with much to ponder. Who makes our writers' Lions XVs?

Jamie Lyall

Groundhog Day

More heartbreak and yet more frustration. Will Scotland ever become Six Nations contenders?

Jamie Lyall

The beautiful game

Six Nations rugby proved what an attractive competition it can be for its new partners CVC this weekend

Jamie Lyall

Six Nations talking points

Against the backdrop of coronavirus angst and bonkers refereeing, the show goes on.

Jamie Lyall

Banging the drum

Sam Simmonds continues to shine, the Cornish Pirates shock Saracens and Leinster power on

Jamie Lyall

The arms race

How do you keep top players in Scotland? And how do you replace the ones who leave? Recruitment supremo Jan McGinity lifts the lid…

Jamie Lyall

Out in the cold

Can even a rugby nation as rich as England afford to keep ignoring the untapped brilliance on its shores?

Jamie Lyall

Thrill seekers

Welsh enigma, Sinners become Saints, Ireland's redemption man, Munster's old dog for the hard road

Jamie Lyall

Six Nations: Team of round 2

A capitulation at Twickenham, slugfest in Edinburgh and arm-wrestle in Dublin, who made our XV of Round 2?

Jamie Lyall

Tables Turned

George Turner began the season as Scotland's third-choice hooker. He started 2021 by conquering Twickenham. This is his story.

Jamie Lyall

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

Six Nations preview: Italy

The Azzurri are going with youth as they seek their first Six Nations win since 2015

Jamie Lyall

The cup of hope

Scottish rugby history is littered with false dawns. Is the perennial Six Nations optimism merited, or does yet more agony beckon?

Jamie Lyall

Six Nations preview: Scotland

Can Gregor Townsend make Scotland contenders on the road, to align with their home dominance?

Jamie Lyall

Building the dynasty

Brendan Venter helped spawn the careers of some of English rugby's sharpest coaches. This is his dynasty.

Jamie Lyall

From lost boy to libert

Kurtley Beale has charted a turbulent path from troubled wonderkid and rehab patient to joyous Racing 92 galactico.

Jamie Lyall

Escaping the straitjacket

With his bright dreadlocks and custom boots, Paolo Odogwu is a splash of colour in an often-grey sport.

Jamie Lyall

Catch me if you can

Randall admiration, Six Nations fears, Falcons march on, flying ref sees red, Ospreys renaissance, Irish elite

Jamie Lyall

Loyalty and legacy

England's new tyro talks LeBron James, Eddie Jones and making an indelible footprint.

Jamie Lyall

Set for lift-off

The XV has enlisted experts all over the world to select players they expect to make a big impression in 2021

Jamie Lyall

Reasons to be cheerful?

As we enter 2021, there are no guarantees a new year will signal a new dawn.

Jamie Lyall

Soldiering on

The second weekend of Champions Cup action brought Covid chaos, comebacks and Christmas cheer

Jamie Lyall

The hardest Yarde

Campaigner, crusader, winger, Marland Yarde is a voice for change in rugby.

Jamie Lyall

Mother Hibbard

The Dragons hooker opens up about the major influence in his life and career

Jamie Lyall

The hurt locker

Thibault Giroud has applied sports science to make France one of the world's most durable teams

Jamie Lyall

Hunger games

Jake Polledri is building a fearsome reputation as a ball-carrier and is Italy's new totem

Jamie Lyall

Cowboy boots

Gopperth is the sheriff in town as Wasps prepare for final showdown

Jamie Lyall

The pain game

Dave Ewers has overcome eviction, injuries and self-doubt to be on the cusp of glory

Jamie Lyall

Family guy

Imhoff is a father figure for Racing's band of brothers in Champions Cup showpiece

Jamie Lyall

Culture vulture

Townsend channels Fergie and Pep to get a team-first ethos with Scotland

Jamie Lyall

Mind games

Racing 92 attack coach Mike Prendergast explains Finn Russell's modus operandi

Jamie Lyall

The forgotten man

Once heralded a superstar, Huw Jones saw his stock plummet but his self-belief has never waned

Jamie Lyall

Embracing the chaos

The Scotland captaincy and domestic stability have left Stuart Hogg re-energised at Exeter

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