Rugby Union: Wainwright poised: Scottish succession

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Rob Wainwright assumed pole position for the race to succeed Gavin Hastings as Scotland's long-term captain when he was handed the role yesterday for the summer tour to Argentina.

Wainwright, 28, missed the last two games in Scotland's calamitous Five Nations campaign after being injured in the Calcutta Cup game, and steps into the leading role because the Lions captain is not available for the tour.

The experimental ruck-maul law, whose fate will be decided by the International Board's meeting in London next week, was dealt a blow yesterday when Australia, where it was formulated, announced they will propose amendments. They suggest that instead of the present turnover, the put-in be given to the side going forward when a ruck or maul becomes unplayable. When the ruck/maul is stationary, the side not in possession at its start would get possession, and when the referee could not decide that, the attacking side receives the put-in.

Rosslyn Park may be destined for the Third Division but when it comes to running seven-a-sides they are in a league of their own, writes Barrie Fairall. This year's National Schools Sevens produced a record entry of more than 3,000 players and yesterday at Roehampton the club were rewarded with a dream- ticket final.

Millfield and Ampleforth, the most frequent winners, stormed through again for their third Open showdown. This one, like the others, went the way of Millfield. Rhys Edwards, the son of Gareth Edwards, set them on their way and Dinos Alexopoulos scored their third try in extra time for a 19-14 victory.