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Cleared Evans rejoins Scotland team-mates

SCOTLAND rugby internationalist Max Evans rejoined the national team squad yesterday after being cleared of a nightclub assault, and turned his focus to Saturday’s match against Ireland in the RBS Six Nations Championship.

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Rory Lamont returns to Glasgow Warriors after stint in France

Scotland international Rory Lamont has re-signed for Glasgow Warriors after leaving Toulon, the Scottish club have announced.

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The Flying Dutchman soon to be McVisser

“We have started the process of seeing what I need to do to be able to play for Scotland”

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Rugby: Scots to face the All Blacks

Scotland will entertain the world champion All Blacks in a Murrayfield rugby Test next year, according to reports in today’s New Zealand media.

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Allan Massie: Utility players are outnumbering the master craftsmen

PAUL Ackford is one of the former international players turned journalist whose columns are always worth reading. This week he has been writing on the subject of versatility.

Italy present a true test of World Cup readiness

SCOTLAND'S readiness for the Rugby World Cup will be put to the test this evening by an Italian team confident that it can claim the Scottish scalp at Murrayfield for a second time.

Max Evans not distracted by assault trial

SCOTLAND winger Max Evans insisted yesterday that an impending trial for alleged assault has not distracted him from his preparations for the World Cup and that he hopes tonight to clinch his spot in the squad with a good display against Italy.

Interview: Chris Cusiter, Scotland rugby internationalist

THE EXCITEMENT and anticipation of playing in a World Cup is birling round the heads of rugby players across the globe this month, but Scotland scrum-half Chris Cusiter will tonight be fighting to contain a unique welter of emotions when he makes a long-awaited return to the Murrayfield pitch.

City centre showing by Scotland players

THE Scotland team will make a public appearance in Princes Street Gardens this afternoon, to thank fans for their support during the EMC World Cup warm-up matches.

'One of our hardest games' says Carlo Del Fava

ONE of Italy's South African-born second rows who will face Scotland tomorrow, Carlo Del Fava, believes Murrayfield is among the most punishing places to play.

Chris Cusiter ready to make Test return after difficult year

THE challenge of making it into Scotland's World Cup squad may be uppermost in the minds of the home players who take to the field tomorrow for the final EMC warm-up Test match but, for Chris Cusiter, merely returning to the field will be a massive step forward.

Injuries still a concern but Test experience of Murray, Blair and Cusiter is vital

YOUTHFUL enthusiasm is a great attribute for any team, but there is nothing as reassuring as Test experience when a squad enters the pressurised World Cup environment.

Alastair Kellock has put 2007 World Cup snub to back of his mind

ALASTAIR Kellock has enjoyed the journey he has taken with Scotland over the past year, but having to smile while being shot out of a cannon just days after being told he had missed the cut for the 2007 Rugby World Cup may have played a bigger role in the forward's launch into this tournament than even he realises.

Self awareness powers Dan Parks as road to New Zealand becomes clear

WORLD Cup memories remain clear in Dan Parks' head but the stand-off believes reaching the 2011 tournament in New Zealand would be even more of an achievement than being voted Scotland's top player, as it would reveal a strength in him to bounce back to the very top.

Ruthless Andy Robinson warns pair time is running out

Cusiter and Murray have to play part against Italy to make squad

Players state their cases

NICK DE LUCA (v Joe Ansbro and Max Evans)

Changes give 14 players their big World Cup chance

World Cup spots on the line as Scotland coach Andy Robinson shakes up his side for final warm-up match against Italy

Decision time looming for Andy Robinson

The Scotland coach will have to make crucial choices as he prepares to finalise his squad for New Zealand

Sean Lamont back in the running

The Scotland winger got a big wake-up call when he was dropped and won't be complacent again

Interview: Richie Gray, Scotland rugby player

THE NEW face and hair of Scottish rugby may be appearing across continents, climbing Everest and among soldiers in Afghanistan, but the young man himself is remarkably relaxed.

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