Scotland coach Vern Cotter relaxed as he plots fond farewell

The upcoming Six Nations campaign has a different feel to it for more than one reason. First up it is coach Vern Cotter’s last kick at the ball in Scotland colours before he joins Montpellier in the summer.

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Scotland head coach Vern Cotter at BT Murrayfield yesterday. Picture:  Neil Hanna Photography

Departing Scots coach Vern Cotter keeps his mind on the job

“The beginning of the end” is normally a portentous phrase but, while there was a real sense of that at BT Murrayfield yesterday, the 
background mood music was positive and upbeat.

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WP Nel has been named in the Scotland Six Nations squad but serious concerns surround his neck injury. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

Injured WP Nel doubt for Six Nations admits Vern Cotter

Scotland head coach Vern 
Cotter has expressed serious concern over the fitness of one of his most important players, tighthead prop WP Nel, and admitted he is a doubt for the upcoming Six Nations.

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Scotland's Matt Scott in action against Japan's Yu Tamura. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

Scotland name Six Nations squad: recall for Matt Scott

Scotland head coach Vern Cotter has named a 37-man squad for the RBS Six Nations and there is a recall for centre Matt Scott.

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John Barclay is excited about the special Six Nations and the squad Scotland have. Picture: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Scotland flanker John Barclay talks up Scarlets’ hopes

Everyone wants their kids to grow up nice and polite, open minded and, if at all possible bilingual, although John Barclay has mixed feelings on that score. He can’t understand the elder of his two boys, three-and-a-half-year-old Finn, who speaks fluent gobbledegook, or as the locals would have it... Welsh. The Scotland flanker can manage a few phases but Junior’s mumble after a day at his Welsh-speaking school leaves dad floundering.

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Lady luck seems to be smiling on Vern Cotter. Picture: David Rogers/Getty Images

Vern Cotter set to have Scotland’s first choices on call

What was it that Napoleon said about his generals? Well, Lady Luck seems to be smiling on Scotland coach Vern Cotter since several walking wounded have returned to action just in time to put their hands up for Six Nations selection, with the tournament getting under way in just three weeks’ time.

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Edinburgh's Alasdair Dickinson will miss the start of the Six Nations. Picture: SNS

Scotland prop Alasdair Dickinson to miss Six Nations opener

Scotland prop Alasdair Dickinson looks set to miss the start of the RBS Six Nations as he recovers from a foot injury he picked up while playing for Edinburgh in the 25-12 loss to Glasgow Warriors on Boxing Day.

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Glasgow Warriors winger Tommy Seymour at a press conference to preview the game against Munster and announce his new contract. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU.

Tommy Seymour’s World Cup goal as he signs new Glasgow deal

Winger Tommy Seymour said yesterday that keeping his place in Scotland side through to the 2019 World Cup in Japan was a key motivating factor in his decision to his future to Glasgow Warriors.

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Glasgow Warriors winger Tommy Seymour has signed a new deal to keep him at Scotstoun. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

Tommy Seymour: Glasgow Warriors can’t fail now

Tommy Seymour missed Glasgow’s 38-17 defeat by Munster back in October with injury and illness and, though he has heard accounts from team-mates, believes it was a day when you had to be there to appreciate its magnitude.

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Bryan Redpath is stepping down as head coach of Yorkshire Carnegie at the end of the season. Picture: Alan Harvey/SNS

Former Scotland captain Bryan Redpath to quit rugby

Former Scotland captain Bryan Redpath is to quit rugby union to take up a job in the financial sector.

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Edinburgh's Hamish Watson has signed a new two-year contract. Picture: Ross Brownlee/SNS./SRU

Two-year Edinburgh deal for Scotland flanker Hamish Watson

Scotland flanker Hamish Watson has signed a new two-year deal to stay at Edinburgh until May 2019.

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WP Nel qualified for Scotland through the three-year residency rule.  Picture: David Rogers/Getty Images

Scotland resist move to reform rugby residency rule

Changes to rugby’s controversial “residency rule” are in the pipeline, with the game’s governing body keen to tighten up the current legislation, which critics claim makes a mockery of the international game.

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WP Nel qualified to play for Scotland under the three-year rule. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS

Iain Morrison: France show the way ahead for Test rugby

The FFR’s decision to stop recruiting players from other countries should be copied by other nations, Scotland included, if the international game is not to lose its relevance.

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The play of Scotland stand-off Finn Russell is reminiscent of illustrious predecessors Gregor Townsend and John Rutherford. Picture: SNS

Allan Massie: Finn Russell raises my hopes for Scotland

Unquenched by experience, hope springs eternal in the Scottish rugby supporter’s breast. It has had to. Things would have been intolerable otherwise in the long winter we have lived through since that joyous day in Paris when Scotland ran riot against France and won the last Five Nations title.That was in 1999, when Zander Fagerson wasn’t yet in primary school, and when, for all I know, Finn Russell had not yet handled a rugby ball.

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The Scots Grays: Richie Grays form picked up when Jonny, left, muscled his way into the Scotland reckoning. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS

Brothers in arms: the siblings who played rugby for Scotland

When a player pulls on a Scotland jersey it often inspires his sibling to earn a cap of his own. Forty-seven sets of brothers have worn the dark blue and that tradition is in no danger of dying out

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Henry Pyrgos has earned 18 caps for Scotland. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Henry Pyrgos signs contract extension with Glasgow Warriors

Henry Pyrgos has signed a new contract with Glasgow Warriors - committing his future at Scotstoun until 2019.

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Greig Laidlaws leadership will be vital to Scotland when the Six Nations kicks off in February. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

Analysis: How Six Nations hopefuls fare ahead of 2017 renewal

Iain Morrison takes the temperature of the Northern Hemisphere rivals ahead of next year’s championship.

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Warren Gatland picked his Lions coaching team this week.  Picture: David Rogers/Getty Images

Allan Massie: Lions talk ahead of Six Nations is tiresome

The Autumn internationals are just over. We are still eight weeks from the Six Nations, the most important tournament in the Northern Hemisphere. But what do we find in the papers? Reams of speculation about the composition of the Lions party. It’s understandable of course. Such pieces are easy to write and they attract comments in abundance. Nevertheless it’s tiresome, and it’s been made even more so this week by Warren Gatland’s claim that Gregor Townsend was eager to accept his invitation to be one of the Lions’ attack coaches but turned down the offer because of pressure from his employers, the SRU.

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Glasgow Warriors' Peter Horne receives treatment against Munster. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS

Injured Glasgow Warriors duo could miss Six Nations

Glasgow backs Peter Horne and Rory Hughes face lengthy spells out injured and could miss the Six Nations.

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Ali Price confident Glasgow can shine in Paris

Pity the poor players who scarcely have time to draw breath before they are thrown into the next big round of matches. The autumn international series only ended last weekend, or yesterday if you turn out for England, and next weekend sees the return of Challenge and Champions Cup action.

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