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Stuart Hogg and Scotland aiming for landmark victory against France

Sixth straight win would match past grand-slam winnersPlace in final likely to go to the winner at MurrayfieldA place alongside some of the finest teams in Scottish history beckons Gregor Townsend’s new model tartan army on Sunday, statistically speaki…


Scotland’s Townsend praises former teammate Galthié’s French revolution

Coaches played together for French Barbarians in 2004Townsend shuffles his forward pack for Murrayfield tieGregor Townsend was Fabien Galthié’s half-back partner when the France head coach signed off his playing career in 2004 with a farewell outing fo…


Scotland’s 1990 grand slam remembered: ‘Nobody was going to beat us that day’

Scotland host England on Saturday but whatever the result at Murrayfield it is unlikely to match the fervour of their famous win 30 years agoEven now, 30 years on, memories of Scotland’s tumultuous 1990 grand-slam triumph over England have the power to…


World Cup final knocked stuffing out of England, says Finlay Calder

• Former Lions captain says Saracens affair is distraction • Calder says Scotland also face tough tournamentFinlay Calder, the former Scotland and Lions captain, believes England will struggle to replicate the form that took them to the World Cup final…


Scotland seeking launchpad with landmark win against Ireland | Bryn Palmer

Gregor Townsend’s men are desperate to begin their Six Nations campaign with a first victory in Dublin since 2010Scotland have proved adept at throwing off the shackles of history in recent Six Nations: a first victory over France for 10 years in 2016,…


Scotland’s Gregor Townsend faces selection headaches as France visit

• Coach needs big improvement on 32-3 drubbing in Nice• Cummings, Skinner and Thomson can press World Cup claimsFour weeks before Scotland’s opening game of the World Cup against Ireland, the visit of France on Saturday is a final audition for some pla…


Gregor Townsend ready to rewrite history as Scotland tackle All Blacks | Bryn Palmer

Scotland have never beaten New Zealand in a Test but the victory over Australia in June has fired his players’ belief that a landmark upset is possibleNew Zealand defeats on European soil are not quite as rare as Scotland wins at Twickenham, but their …


Scotland’s Tim Visser says England players ‘pretending to be confident’

• Tim Visser: ‘England players not as cocky as they normally are’
• Scotland head coach, Vern Cotter, targets England in the scrum

The Scotland wing Tim Visser has questioned whether England’s “cocky” world record-chasing side are as confident as they appear for Saturday’s pivotal Six Nations encounter at Twickenham.

Related: Eddie Jones’s prickliness highlights England’s edginess as Scotland loom | Robert Kitson

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