Ali Price: I’ve had luck but I’ve earned my place

So you are about to make your first Test start; you are feeling more nervous than you have ever felt before as you contemplate the challenges that face you under the glare of 67,000 people. So what is the last thing you do?

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Departing Scotland head coach Vern Cotter will lead the Barbarians against England. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS

Vern Cotter has chance to avenge Calcutta mauling by England

Departing Scotland coach Vern Cotter will have the chance of swift revenge over England when he takes charge of the Barbarians for a match against Eddie Jones’ side at Twickenham.

WP Nel has been capped 15 times by Scotland. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Scotland prop WP Nel signs new deal with Edinburgh

Edinburgh Rugby have announced the signing of Scotland international tighthead prop Willem ‘WP’ Nel on a three-year contract extension.

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Vern Cotter sheds a tear as he bows out as head coach of the Scottish team.
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Five moments that defined Scotland’s Six Nations campaign

While the Six Nations campaign may not have ended exactly in the manner we wanted, it was still a step in the right direction as we managed three victories for only the second time since the Championships expanded to six sides. Duncan Smith looks back on the defining moments from the 2016 campaign

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Scotland's Huw Jones goes off with a hamstring injury against Italy. He is out for five months. Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS

Injured Huw Jones to miss Lions and Scotland tours

Scotland centre Huw Jones faces about five months out after tearing his hamstring.

Stuart Hogg and Finn Russell are in the running for this season's award

Stuart Hogg and Finn Russell nominated for Six Nations award

FULL-BACK Stuart Hogg and stand-off Finn Russell are the two Scots to be nominated for this season’s RBS Player of the Six Nations Championship award.

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Tim Visser expects a seamless transition under Gregor Townsend. Picture: SNS/SRU.

Tim Visser: Gregor Townsend ideal to succeed Cotter for Scotland

Gregor Townsend is the perfect man to build on the foundations laid by coach Vern Cotter, according to winger Tim Visser. Cotter bowed out after three years in charge with Saturday’s 29-0 drubbing of Italy at Murrayfield – and there is no ignoring the strides forward that the team have made under him.

Scotland coach Vern Cotter reacts after the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Italy at Murrayfield . Picture: Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Vern Cotter’s highs ... and lows

The highlights and lowlights of Vern Cotter’s time in charge of Scotland

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Scotland captain Stuart Hogg was happy to pose with young fans after the victory. Picture: Neil Hanna

Vern Cotter reverts to type after an emotional end

Vern Cotter ended his era as he started it, with a scrappy win, if you can count the three years he has had his hand on the Scotland tiller as such. If his side didn’t produce the fireworks that they are capable off, they still did enough to see off an Italian team that spurned every opportunity that came their way.

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Tommy Seymour dives over for his try against Italy. Photograph: Neil Hanna

Jim Hamilton: Young Scottish team has a bright future

After huge excitement going into the Six Nations about what Scotland would do, I think they delivered a good championship. To win all three home games, one against a good team in Wales and the opener against a great team in Ireland, should be seen as success. We have to remember this Scotland team are very young and, I think we can now say, have a very bright future.

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Flying the flag: Vern Cotter with his daughter Arabella , eight, on the teams  lap of honour. Photograph: Neil Hanna

The verdict on Vern Cotter

After an inauspicious start, departing Kiwi boasts the best figures of any modern Scotland coach, writes Iain Morrison

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Matt Scott drives his team forward. Picture: SNS/

Scotland 29 - 0 Italy: Vern Cotter signs off with fine win

Vern Cotter’s Murrayfield reign ended on a high as he signed off as Scotland head coach with a comfortable 29-0 win over Italy.

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Vern Cotter was emotional after the game. Picture: SNS

Emotional Vern Cotter hails ‘fantastic’ Scotland as he steps down with a win

An emotional Vern Cotter fought back tears as his final match in charge of Scotland ended in a 29-0 win over Italy at Murrayfield.

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Former Scotland and British & Irish Lions wing Roger Baird was desperate for his status as one of the last Scots to win at Twickenham to be ended. Picture: Jon Savage

Interview: Roger Baird on Twickenham legacy he wanted to end

Here he comes now, the most enduringly
youthful of Scotland’s Forever Boys, running a wee bit late. Roger Baird has had a stressful day at work and on the bypass getting to our coffee shop rendezvous, but you wouldn’t know this from the lack of sweat, lines on his face or grey hairs on his head.

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Scotland head coach Vern Cotter took his final training session ahead of the Six Nations match against Italy. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS

Ryan Wilson: Vern Cotter departure ‘loss to Scottish Rugby’

The departure of Vern Cotter will be “a loss for Scottish rugby” according to one of the players who will be looking to ensure the coach’s time in charge ends on a high note against Italy at BT Murrayfield this afternoon.

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Scotland's Ross Ford trains ahead of the Italy clash. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS/SRU

Scotland seek final flourish but coach is wary of Italy

Having finished on the losing side four times against Italy in his 77-cap career, Nathan Hines doesn’t need reminding that Scotland would be foolish to go out this afternoon expecting to round off their Six Nations with a heartwarming third win from five.

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Scotland wing Tim Visser is a big man with Fred Astaire feet. Picture: Neil Hanna

Iain Morrison: Scots must deny Azzurri a toe-hold on game

Scotland have been tied to 
Italy in a three-legged race for far too long, competing not for honours at the top of the Six Nations ladder but simply trying to avoid the wooden spoon at the ugly end of the table. It’s like standing next to someone with bad breath. Every time you edge away from them they seem to edge closer again.

Anthony Watson scores for England as Scotland endured a miserable time at Twickenham. Picture: David Davies/PA Wire

Allan Massie: Scots can exorcise Twickenham horror against Italy

Last week I called Twickenham a haunted house. Words spoken in jest can turn to nasty reality. After playing like zombies for an hour against Italy, England then put on a show reminiscent of Hammer Films at their gory best. It was as if Christopher Lee had risen from his coffin greedy for blood.

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Richie Gray has a hamstring injury. Picture:

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Richie Gray out of Scotland’s Six Nations clash v Italy

Scotland lock Richie Gray has been ruled out of Saturday’s match with Italy and will be replaced by Grant Gilchrist.

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Scotland hooker Ross Ford says patience and discipline will be required against Italy at BT Murrayfield on Saturday. Picture: SNS

Scotland must be ‘patient and disciplined’ against Italy

With 106 Test appearances to his name, including one for the British and Irish Lions eight years ago, Ross Ford is the most experienced member of this Scotland squad by a margin. At 32 years old he is also the “daddy” of the team, an oldie in a kindergarten class.

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