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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.

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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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Opening try scorer Peceli Yano gets in front of Tim Swinson. Picture: AFP/Getty

Fiji and Nakarawa reign on Scotland’s parade

Gregor Townsend insists he loves Fiji. It is hard to see why – his first trip to the island produced one of Scotland’s more embarrassing defeats when he was a player – 51-26; his second brought his first as Scotland head coach. Not a lot there to make him happy.

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Poachers try: Ruaridh Jackson crashes over after a quick pick-up.  Photograph: Ivamere Rokovesa/Getty Images

Wrong choices, not wrong team, to blame

“No.” Gregor Townsend’s terse, one-word answer showed he was not in any mood to discuss the idea that complacency had undone his team or that 12 changes from the side that beat Australia was too many.

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Ross Ford drives through the Fiji defence to score a try during their test in Suva. Picture: IVAMERE ROKOVESA/AFP/Getty Images

Fiji 27-22 Scotland: Scots pay price for errors in Suva

Scotland’s mission to finish their summer tour unbeaten failed as they lost 27-22 to Fiji in Suva.

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Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend was left disappointed by his side's defeat to Fiji. Picture: Fotosport/David Gibson

Gregor Townsend rues sloppy Scotland performance in defeat

Scotland coach Gregor Townsend was bitterly disappointed after seeing his dream of an unbeaten tour to launch his term in charge blown apart by the vibrant running and tackling of Fiji.

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Rodger Arneil, now 73 and living in the Cotswolds, played in two Lions tours during the 1970s. Picture: SWNS

Interview: Rodger Arneil on touring with Lions and Scotland

Rodger Arneil, the redoubtable Scotland back-row and British Lion, lives in the Cotswolds village of Adlestrop, a pimple of a place celebrated in wistful verse by Edward Thomas before the poet got himself killed in the Great War – but the village lacks a high-grade gastro-pub, which the Chipping Norton Set who have country retreats nearby must find dashed awkward.

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Ross Ford drives through the Australian tackles during Scotland's win over the Wallabies in Sydney last weekend. Picture: Fotosport/David Gibson

Scots record-breaker Ross Ford eyes Rugby World Cup 2019

If you are just out of school and the head coach calls you into his office, it is either very, very good news, or very, very bad. For Ross Ford, when Tony Gilbert, the coach at the new Borders team, asked for a chat, it turned out to be life changing.

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Edinburgh and Scotland hooker Ross Ford with the Hopetoun Cup after the 24-19 victory over Australia in Sydney in which he equalled Chris Patersons previous-record tally of 109 caps. Picture: David Gibson/Fotosport

Scotland rugby team boss Gregor Townsend aims for three tour

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend handed hooker Ross Ford his record 110th cap and Nick Grigg his first in the team to face Fiji.

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Ross Ford will earn his 110th cap after being included in the starting XV to face Fiji. Picture: Greg Macvean

Scotland rugby team: Ross Ford to become most capped player

Scotland hooker Ross Ford is set to break his country’s caps record on Saturday after being named in the starting line-up to face Fiji.

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Leone Nakarawa,centre, in action for Glasgow Warriors against Guinness Pro12 rivals Zebre last year.

Scotland rugby team: friends turn to foes for former Fijian Warriors

“I love Scotland, love Glasgow, love the Warriors; they are my brothers. Going to Glasgow is like coming to Fiji; it is my home, too.”

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Charlie Shiel of Scotland U20 was the matchwinner against Australia. Picture: SNS

Win over Aussies inspires Charlie Shiel to take next step

He may have been at the end of a marathon journey back from Georgia but Charlie Shiel was still buzzing from his match-winning heroics at the weekend when he and the Scotland Under-20 side returned to BT Murrayfield yesterday.

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Tim Visser has been on a try-scoring spree for his club, Harlequins, this season.

Quins pair look for mighty show in final summer-tour clash

Though the men in charge of Scottish rugby try hard to keep their key players in the country, playing for one of the two professional clubs, it does not always work out. The result is that when Scotland face Fiji on Saturday, it looks as though they are going to have to call in a couple of players with radically different experiences of playing at Harlequins to keep the momentum going.

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Finn Russell was one of Scotland's try-scorers in the win over Australia in Sydney and was rewarded with a Lions call-up. Picture: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

Kenny Murray hails Glasgow connection in famous Scotland win

Glasgow Warriors assistant coach Kenny Murray hailed “a great weekend for Scottish rugby” and, while praising the impact of his former boss Gregor Townsend, believes another former colleague deserves his share of the credit.

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Former Glasgow forward Leone Nakarawa in action for Fiji against Australia earlier this month. Picture: Michael Dodge/Getty Images

Scotland rugby team prepared for battle with friendly foe in Fiji

Ask any rugby player; there is always something special about taking on friends. Don’t expect quarter, don’t give it, but the reunion afterwards is going to be a lot of fun as you compare bruises.

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Scotland rugby team trimmed ahead of final test

Gregor Townsend has decided to trim the touring Scotland squad down to a 30-man group ahead of this weekend’s test match with Fiji

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Stuart Hogg arrives home from Lions tour without luggage

For Scotland and British & Irish Lions full-back Stuart Hogg it was a case of insult literally being added to injury when he returned from New Zealand to find his luggage had not followed him home.

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