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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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Rugby webchat: Iain Morrison on Scotland’s Six Nations campaign

Scotland on Sunday rugby writer Iain Morrison hosts an online debate today from 4pm about Scotland’s Six Nations campaign so far.

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Nathan Hines announces retirement from international rugby

Scotland forward Nathan Hines announced today that he is retiring from international rugby after 11 years in the Test arena.

Thomas keen for Johnson to retain England post

Martin Johnson has been backed to continue in his job by the acting chief executive of the Rugby Football Union – before an official review into England’s World Cup failure has even begun.

Allan Massie: Time to try and tempt Simon Taylor back as focus turns to World Cup

SCOTLAND beat Italy who beat France who beat Ireland who beat England who beat Wales who beat Scotland . . . Here we go round the mulberry bush and so on. England were the champions, deservedly, but, except for Wales, they were the only team who got worse rather than better as the tournament went on.

Just didn't do it: Nike ad celebrating England rugby 'victory' leaks online

IT HAS become an instant classic in the canon of the most embarrassing sporting own goals.

Italy centre and Treviso player cited

TWO Italian rugby players have been cited for dangerous tackling during matches played in Scotland at the weekend.

Alastair Kellock: Long-awaited win shows we're on the right track

THIS may sound a bit arrogant, but as delighted as I was that we finally got the victory we wanted on Saturday, I was more satisfied than elated at the end because I expected it.

Scotland Women 0 - 26 Italy Women: Susie Brown remains upbeat despite wooden spoon

Scotland Women's captain Susie Brown reckons the current group of players still have a bright future together despite picking up the wooden spoon in the Six Nations after yesterday's loss to Italy at Meggetland.

How the backs rated over the Championship

FULL BACKS Hugo Southwell Started promisingly against France but struggled in dire team display against Wales and suffered a bad facial cut in a misguided attempt to tackle the airborne Welsh full-back, which forced him off the pitch and out of the squad. 4/10

How the forwards rated over the Championship

PROPS Allan Jacobsen Started all games at loosehead and, despite having a few problems with referees at the set-piece, he was always an abrasive and combative force at the breakdown and in broken play. 6/10

Andy Robinson: Scotland have weaponry to win World Cup pool

NOTHING has changed in Andy Robinson's mind after the head coach suffered his second successive RBS Six Nations Championship with the meagre return of a solitary victory.

Ireland 24 - 8 England: Grand slam dream turns to dust as England swept away by Irish

When the hangovers dissipate and the fog of disappointment at a blown Grand Slam opportunity eventually clears, England will look on the 2011 RBS Six Nations championship for what it was.

Sin-binned scrum-half Ben Youngs admits he 'played like an idiot'

Ben Youngs admitted he "played like an idiot" as England's Grand Slam dream was shattered by Ireland. The Leicester scrum-half was sin-binned in the 36th minute at the Aviva Stadium for petulantly hurling the ball into the crowd to stop Ireland taking a quick lineout after Toby Flood had executed a try-saving tackle on David Wallace.

France 28 - 9 Wales: Welsh close ranks over Shaun Edwards' absence after mauling

Wales have attempted to close ranks on an alleged incident involving their defence coach Shaun Edwards.

Richie Gray and Ruaridh Jackson stake World Cup claims

GRASPING a win on the last day of the championship to finish with just one success from five games is becoming a familiar feeling for Scotland, but hope will be drawn from the 2011 Six Nations in the emergence of two young players in particular.

Scotland 21 - 8 Italy: Victory at last as Scots take strength from harsh lessons

SCOTLAND drew on many of the lessons delivered upon them in a disappointing 2011 RBS Six Nations to ease through an edgy affair with perennial Wooden Spoon rivals and come out on top as deserved victors for the first time this year.

Encouraging signs for Scots at end of a difficult campaign, but still playing catch-up to rediscover last year's form

WHEN the most significant result in a competition is achieved by the team who come last, you can be sure it was not a vintage edition. Italy can regard their first victory over France in the Six Nations Championship as evidence of progress, but for the other teams there were worrying omens as they look ahead to the Rugby World Cup.

France 28 - 9 Wales: Welsh hopes dashed as French put Rome behind them

WALES skipper Matthew Rees admitted his side were comprehensively outplayed as they went down 28-9 to France last night.

Andy Nicol: Gray shows his Lions potential with quite outstanding displays

So Scotland finally got their first win in this season's RBS Six Nations and, in so doing, avoided the dreaded wooden spoon. But, boy, did they have to dig deep to defeat a good Italian side. Scotland produced their best 40 minutes of the Championship in the second half to finish off on a relative high.

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