The Scottish Hammer

Came across this by accident but what a great story to follow up on Christian Wade. Jamie Gillan, aka the Scottish Hammer, has just been awarded a “rookie” contract with the Cleveland Browns as their “punter”. Gillan was a schoolboy rugby player (Fly Half) who left Scotland at 16 for the US with his family. He then got a college scholarship and, somewhat haphazardly, the rookie contract with Cleveland Browns yesterday.

The video below (first link, towards the end of the article) shows him kicking 70 yard conversions for fun! He can also run 40 yards out of the block in 4.6 seconds (which he thinks is slow).

Congratulations to the Scottish Hammer!

https://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2019/5/6/18508718/scottish-hammer-jamie-gillan-cleveland-browns-punter-nfl-combine-draft

Team News: Scotland Vs France

15. Stuart Hogg VICE CAPTAIN (Exeter Chiefs) – 68 caps

14. Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors) – 50 caps
13. Chris Harris (Gloucester) – 8 caps
12. Pete Horne (Glasgow Warriors) – 41 caps
11. Sean Maitland (Saracens) – 40 caps

10. Finn Russell (Racing 92) – 44 caps
9. Greig Laidlaw CAPTAIN (Clermont Auvergne) – 71 caps

1. Gordon Reid (Ayrshire Bulls) – 35 caps
2. George Turner (Glasgow Warriors) – 6 caps
3. Willem Nel (Edinburgh) – 29 caps
4. Scott Cummings (Glasgow Warriors) – 1 cap
5. Sam Skinner (Exeter Chiefs) – 5 caps
6. Ryan Wilson VICE CAPTAIN (Glasgow Warriors) – 43 caps
7. Hamish Watson (Edinburgh) – 25 caps
8. Blade Thomson (Scarlets) – uncapped

Substitutes:
16. Grant Stewart (Glasgow Warriors) – uncapped
17. Allan Dell (London Irish) – 22 caps
18. Simon Berghan (Edinburgh)– 20 caps
19. Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh) – 34 caps
20. John Barclay (Edinburgh) – 72 caps
21. George Horne (Glasgow Warriors) – 5 caps
22. Rory Hutchinson (Northampton Saints) – 1 cap
23. Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh) – 12 caps

Internecine Scots

Not sure who caught the France vs Scotland game yesterday, but it was a shambles for the visitors.

Tom English noticed and penned this rather savage piece, essentially calling Townsend out.

Admittedly I suddenly feel less enamoured with Scotland’s “underdogs with flare” prospects.

Thoughts? Fair cop from rugby’s wordiest wordsmith?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/49387742