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Scotland forward Nathan Hines announced today that he is retiring from international rugby after 11 years in the Test arena.
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.
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.
IT HAS become an instant classic in the canon of the most embarrassing sporting own goals.
TWO Italian rugby players have been cited for dangerous tackling during matches played in Scotland at the weekend.
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'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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Wales have attempted to close ranks on an alleged incident involving their defence coach Shaun Edwards.
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 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.
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.
WALES skipper Matthew Rees admitted his side were comprehensively outplayed as they went down 28-9 to France last night.
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.