Big names missing but Scotland squad encourages optimism

Selections of international squads, even of large training squads, rarely offer surprises these days. Players are seldom plucked from obscurity. Even very young ones will already have made their mark in age-group international competition.

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Darcy Graham at Murrayfield. Picture: SNS/SRU

Gregor Townsend opts for youth and ‘new’ Scots

Gregor Townsend announced a 41-man training squad ahead of the autumn internationals with two foreigners who have now qualified for Scotland on the grounds of residency and two age-grade internationalists from last season’s Scotland Under-20s squad.

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Richie Gray is set to miss Scotland's Autumn Tests. Picture: SNS.

Back surgery rules Richie Gray out of Scotland’s Autumn Tests

Lock Richie Gray is set to have a back operation which will rule him out of Scotland’s Autumn Tests.

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Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend. Picture: SNS

Gregor Townsend calls up seven uncapped for Scotland get-together

Gregor Townsend has called up seven uncapped players for Scotland’s pre-season get-together in St Andrews.

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Prop Gordon Reid in action for Glasgow Warriors. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

Gordon Reid already feeling at home with London Irish

Scotland loosehead prop Gordon Reid admits it was a big decision to move away from Glasgow Warriors, but he is getting stuck into pre-season training with new club London Irish and is ready to test himself in the Aviva Premiership.

Matt Scott credits Graham Hogg with improving his as a player. 

 Picture: Ian Rutherford

Matt Scott pays tribute to ‘great man’ Graham Hogg

Scotland centre Matt Scott has expressed his sadness at the death of Graham Hogg, saying he was “a great man who helped me to progress in the game”.

Graham Hogg pictured in 1978, when he played for Scotland in the Five Nations Championship. Picture: Jack Crombie

Death of Graham Hogg, former Scotland international and coach

Graham Hogg, the former Scotland internationalist, Scotland A team head coach and latterly chairman of the rugby board at Currie RFC, passed away suddenly at his home in Edinburgh yesterday at the age of 69.

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David Denton has been capped 35 times for Scotland, but has been out of the international arena since last summers tour to Japan. Picture: SNS/SRU/Bill Murray

David Denton hopes Worcester move will lead to Scotland squad recall

David Denton is buzzing to get going with new club Worcester­ Warriors and the back-row man is determined to use the move to earn a recall to the Scotland squad.

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Vern Cotter did what he was employed to do at Scotland, building a team and building confidence in his players. Photograph: Paul Devlin/SNS

Vern Cotter says he left Scotland at right time

Former Scotland coach Vern Cotter believes his departure occurred at the right time to allow his successor Gregor Townsend the opportunity to build a squad capable of making an impression at the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

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Scotland and Samoa fought out a thrilling pool match in Newcastle at the 2015 World Cup. Picture: Jane Barlow.

Scotland likely to face Samoa at 2019 Rugby World Cup

Tonga qualified for the 2019 Rugby World Cup after Fiji beat Samoa 38-16 in the final match of the Pacific Nations Cup in Apia yesterday, a result which is likely to have ramifications for Scotland.

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Former Scotland coach Matt Williams. Picture: Ian Rutherford

New job for former Scotland coach Matt Williams

Former Scotland rugby team head coach Matt Williams back coaching

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The new kits. Picture: SRU

Scotland rugby team unveil new kits for 2017/18 season

Scottish Rugby have launched new kits for the Scottish national team and Scotland 7s side ahead of the 2017/18 season.

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Scotland bucked the trend by playing in Fiji, but other Test sides have treated the Pacific nation abysmally. Picture: AFP/Getty.

Allan Massie: Scotland’s defeat in Fiji was no disgrace

Probably many of us, myself included, have indeed moaned too much about Warren Gatland and the Lions selection, and in doing so have done Scotland’s reputation no good. Nevertheless, it’s hard not to deplore his treatment of Finn Russell. There was a case for leaving him out of the original squad, just as there was a case for omitting England’s George Ford, even though one might argue – well, I would – that Russell and Ford are the best creative stand-offs in the Lions countries. But to call up Russell with evidently no intention of playing him was shabby, insulting even.

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Stuart Hogg was injured playing for the Lions against Crusaders. Picture: Billy Stickland/INPHO/REX/Shutterstock

Stuart Hogg and Jonny Gray face up to six months out

Glasgow and Scotland pair Jonny Gray and Stuart Hogg both face up to six months on the sidelines after undergoing surgery.

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Warren Gatland has named another Lions Test squad devoid of the two Scots still on tour  Tommy Seymour and Greig Laidlaw. Picture: AFP/Getty

Scott Hastings: Lions tour a year too early for Scotland rugby team

British and Irish Lions legend Scott Hastings understands the sense of frustration over the lack of Scottish representation on the current tour but believes that it has come “a year too early” for the current Scotland team.

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Finn Russell is integral to newScotland  coach Gregor Townsends plans. Picture: Fotosport.

Duncan Taylor and Finn Russell key to Scots’ success - Paterson

“Maturing and intelligent” duo Finn Russell and Duncan Taylor can be key men going forward for Gregor Townsend’s Scotland, according to Chris Paterson.

Scotland captain John Barclay, who played in all three Tests.

Scotland’s summer tour: Guide to how the players peformed

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Ross Ford drives through the Fiji defence to score a try. Picture: Getty.

Tour gives Scots a sense of direction under Gregor Townsend

There are probably 19 games to go before the World Cup warm-up matches start. That’s a touch more than 1,500 minutes of action for 
Gregor Townsend, the new Scotland
head coach, to hone his squad, identify and pick the winners, discard the losers and work out how to turn wins against the likes of Australia from special triumphs into routine events.

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Ross Ford won a record 110th cap for Scotland. Picture: David Gibson/Fotosport.

Fiji’s pace, power amd panache proved too much for Scotland

Losing to a Pacific Island team cost Andy Robinson his job; a similar defeat on Saturday but no risk of a repeat of the savage consequences for the man in charge.

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Scotlands first ever win in Sydney gave the game a lift. Photograph: AFP/Getty

Scottish elite rugby has never been in better shape, so enjoy

It was a sorry end to the season, Scotland’s defeat by Fiji, although you fancy that the islanders will take a few more scalps with more time together, especially on home soil.

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