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Category: Scotland rugby union team

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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,…

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Six Nations united in change and ready to attack new challenges | Andy Bull

Championship is set to thrill with the coaches and players seeking to evolve after the World CupIt is just under three months since the World Cup, little enough that a lot of players and coaches are still reckoning with where it went wrong, long enough…

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The new faces who can make an impact at the 2020 Six Nations

Four of the sides have a change of coach and there are plenty of new players waiting to make an impactGeorge Furbank (England) Continue reading…

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Six Nations 2020: how will your team perform this year?

Will Wales retain the title? Will England live up to their tag as favourites? And is there any hope for Italy?Wales go into the first match of this year’s Six Nations as defending champions, having dethroned Ireland at the Millennium Stadium on the fin…

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Finn Russell banished from Scotland squad for breach of discipline

Major blow to Scotland before Six Nations campaignPlayer returns to Racing 92 after being sent homeScotland talisman Finn Russell has been sent home from their Six Nations training camp for a breach of discipline.The Racing 92 stand-off will not play i…

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Stuart Hogg has maturity and passion to lead Scotland says Gregor Townsend

• Hogg to captain new-look Scotland squad in Six Nations• Townsend admits leadership burden hindered Stuart McInallyGregor Townsend has backed Stuart Hogg to shoulder the responsibility of captaining Scotland after admitting the honour was too much for…

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Jaw-dropping sport moments of 2019: Japan stun Scotland and shake up Rugby World Cup | Andy Bull

Typhoon Hagibis nearly stopped this match from taking place at all. But the Brave Blossoms’ win galvanised the tournamentAnd what did you hear in the silence that fell over Yokohama Stadium before kick-off that Sunday night? Grief and sorrow, yes, for …

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Greig Laidlaw, former Scotland captain, retires from international rugby

• Scrum-half captained side in 39 of 76 international appearances• Third Scotland player to announce retirement since World CupFormer Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw has confirmed his international retirement.The 34-year-old Clermont scrum-half skippere…

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Stuart Hogg: ‘I was a bit scared but it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made’

The high-profile Exeter signing will come up against his former club Glasgow this weekend in their Champions Cup matchNot long after Exeter Chiefs had completed the most satisfying away display in their European history in La Rochelle last weekend, the…

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Tom Smith, former Scotland captain and Lions prop, reveals cancer diagnosis

Forty-eight-year-old’s cancer has spread to liver and brainSmith: ‘I want to do the right thing for my family’The former Scotland captain Tom Smith, who won 61 international caps between 1997 and 2005 as well as touring with the British and Irish Lions…

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Scottish Rugby fined £70,000 over Mark Dodson’s World Cup comments

• SRU ordered to aplogise for criticism over threat to Japan game• Scottish Rugby to ‘reflect on outcome and consider our options’The Scottish Rugby Union has been formally reprimanded and fined £70,000 for comments made by chief executive Mark Dodson …

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Scottish Rugby fined £70,000 over Mark Dodson’s World Cup comments

• SRU ordered to aplogise for criticism over threat to Japan game• Scottish Rugby to ‘reflect on outcome and consider our options’The Scottish Rugby Union has been formally reprimanded and fined £70,000 for comments made by chief executive Mark Dodson …

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Rugby World Cup power rankings: breaking down all 20 teams in Japan

England, Ireland and Wales are among the throng pushing to challenge New Zealand as the World Cup enters crunch timeNormal service has been resumed. After the surreal scenes of the All Blacks not being No 1 (Wales were, then Ireland!) they enter the qu…

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Scotland question World Rugby misconduct charges over Japan match

Scottish Rugby query whether action is ‘appropriate’Charges laid after comments about potential cancellationScottish Rugby have questioned whether misconduct charges levelled at them for their comments about the potential cancellation of their World Cu…

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World Rugby throws book at Scotland following war of words over cancellation

SRU weighed up legal action if Japan game was called offScotland to be charged with bringing game into disreputeWorld Rugby is taking disciplinary action against the Scottish Rugby Union for remarks made by its chief executive, Mark Dodson, over the po…

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World Rugby throws book at Scotland following war of words over cancellation

SRU weighed up legal action if Japan game was called offScotland to be charged with bringing game into disreputeWorld Rugby is taking disciplinary action against the Scottish Rugby Union for remarks made by its chief executive, Mark Dodson, over the po…

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Gregor Townsend keen on fresh start after Jekyll and Hyde World Cup | Andy Bull

Scotland coach refuses to make excuses for early implosion in Japan – but has he done enough to keep the job?Scotland lost well. In the first minutes after this painful defeat, Gregor Townsend and his players spoke frankly about how they had fallen sho…

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Japan captain Michael Leitch says victory ‘was about more than just us’

• Typhoon victims uppermost in Japan team’s thoughts• Scotland admit hosts were superior after Rugby World Cup exitJapan’s captain, Michael Leitch, believes the host nation can still achieve more at this Rugby World Cup and provide some comfort for the…

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Japan show world their defiance and skill in face of typhoon destruction | Andy Bull

Brave Blossoms proved their ability in the most difficult circumstances with a ferocious performance against ScotlandIt was a short silence, scarcely a minute, but there was so much in it. All the swirling, clashing, contradictory emotions of a match u…

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Rugby World Cup: Japan defeat Scotland, Wales stutter against Uruguay – video highlights

Scotland are out of the Rugby World Cup after a stunning 28-21 win by hosts Japan in Yokohama booked a quarter-final against South Africa. Japan were 21-7 up at half-time and the Brave Blossoms sealed a bonus point soon after the break with their fourt…