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Argentina overtake Scotland & France in world rugby rankings

Argentina have leapfrogged Scotland and France in the world rugby rankings following their recent win over South Africa.

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From left, Scottish Rugby president Rob Flockhart and chief executive Mark Dodson with Nagasakis mayor, Tomihisa Taue, and the citys chairman, Masanao Maiguma, at BT Murrayfield where they signed a strategic alliance agreement ahead of the Rugby World Cup.

Scotland teams up with Nagasaki for 2019 Rugby World Cup

It doesn’t seem that long since referee Craig Joubert’s blasted whistle sounded to bring Scotland’s Rugby World Cup dream to an agonising end at Twickenham last October but the SRU is already planning the next one.

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Scotland stand-off Finn Russell was yesterday named as an ambassador for the TOTAL BWF Badminton World Championships which takes place in Glasgow next year. Picture: SNS

Scotland stand-off Finn Russell feared for his rugby career

Scotland stand-off Finn Russell has revealed he feared for his rugby career after suffering a serious head knock during Glasgow’s Pro12 semi-final defeat by Connacht in May.

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Gregor Townsend will leave Glasgow at the end of the season to become Scotland coach.  Picture: Joel Ford/Getty Images

Gregor Townsend cool on possibility of Lions coaching role

Gregor Townsend has played down the possibility of being part of the British and Irish Lions coaching team next year, without categorically ruling it out.

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Andy Robinson, right, worked with Gregor Townsend when he was national coach and expects him to thrive.
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Townsend is right fit but must choose Scots support cast well

The date was 7 September, 2012, a mild Friday autumn evening and Glasgow Warriors had just finished their first league match in their brand new facility at Scotstoun.

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Dave Rennie will leave the Chiefs in New Zealand next summer to become Glasgow head coach.  Picture: Chris Hyde/Getty Images

New Glasgow coach was key to Gregor Townsend Scotland move

Scottish rugby’s boss Mark Dodson is nothing if not decisive and he was adamant that his decision to replace national coach Vern Cotter with the home-grown talent that is Gregor Townsend was fully justified. That decision sparked a flurry of activity because Townsend’s replacement at Glasgow Warriors, Dave Rennie from the Chiefs in New Zealand, was also announced last week; a undoubted coup since Rennie has not one but two Super Rugby titles on his resume.

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Gregor Townsend said he was incredibly proud to take on the role of Scotland head coach. Picture: PA

Gregor Townsend ‘honoured’ to be new Scotland head coach

A desire to retain the services of Gregor Townsend prompted the Scottish Rugby Union to offer him the country’s top job as head coach of the national team.

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Players whom Gregor Townsend has developed as head coach of Glasgow Warriors will become important members of his Scotland squad. Picture: SNS

Positive rugby will be Scots’ focus under Gregor Townsend

It is a well acknowledged truth that, across a range of sports, the best players don’t always make the best coaches and those blessed with natural flair and mercurial talent often find it harder than most.

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Gregor Townsend will become Scotland coach in June 2017.

Gregor Townsend to replace Vern Cotter as Scotland coach

Gregor Townsend is to replace Vern Cotter as Scotland head coach.

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John Dalziel is relishing the chance to go fully professional as a coach with London Scottish. Picture: SNS

John Dalziel delighted to get pro coaching chance

The SRU is looking for a new Scotland Under-20 coach after it was confirmed John Dalziel is heading to London Scottish.

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John Dalziel will move to London Scottish. Picture: Ian Rutherford

John Dalziel to join London Scottish

JOHN Dalziel is to join London Scottish as forwards coach, it has been confirmed.

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Mark Robertson of GB Lions in action during their match against Samurai. Photograph: Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

Mark Robertson: The Melrose connection to Rio’s sevens

When Ned Haig came up with the idea of seven-a-side rugby in 1883, it was still 13 years before the first hosting of the modern Olympic Games. The Borders butcher, who dreamt up the concept as a moneyspinner for Melrose RFC, could never have imagined that, well over a century later, the abbreviated game would find itself the centre of global attention in the unlikely setting of Rio de Janeiro.

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Mark Robertson in action for Scotland Sevens against Fiji. Picture: Alan Havey/SNS/SRU

Scotland skipper backs Mark Robertson to have Rio impact

Scotland Sevens captain Scott Wight was delighted to see his close friend and team mate Mark Robertson selected for the Olympics – and he believes the 31 year old can make a real impact for Team GB in Rio.

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Mark Bennett is Rio-bound with Team GB

Mark Bennett and Mark Robertson in GB Olympics 7s squad

Mark Bennett readily admits that he took a risk in choosing a shot at the Olympics over Scotland’s summer tour to Japan but is delighted that it has paid off with selection for the Great Britain sevens squad on Tuesday.

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Scotland played Tonga at Rugby Park in November 2014

Scotland to play Georgia at Rugby Park

THE SRU has confirmed that this autumn’s Test against Georgia on 26 Novemeber will take place at Kilmarnock FC’s Rugby Park.

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Scotland's Lisa Martin (left), Grant Gilchrist and Jade Konkel (right) showcase the new match kit. Picture: SNS

SRU unveil new Scotland kits for the 2016/17 season

Scottish Rugby have launched new kits for the Scottish national team ahead of the 2016/17 season.

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Scotland head coach Vern Cotter speaks to the media in Japan. Picture: SNS

Allan Massie: Old Scottish failings gives cause for concern

Results satisfactory,
performances poor; that’s the inescapable verdict on the two matches against Japan. Yes, it’s good to win, and good to win away from home, but, frankly, the rugby Scotland played was dismal.

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Scotland international Nick De Luca has joined Wasps. Picture: Jane Barlow

Wasps sign Scotland centre Nick De Luca on short-term deal

Wasps have announced the signing of Scotland international centre Nick De Luca.

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John Barclay, captain Henry Pyrgos and Josh Strauss chase after a loose ball. Picture: David Gibson/Fotosport

Winning mentality carries stuttering Scotland to victory

Sometimes the better team wins. Other times it is the team with the mental steel to win only the vital moments that turn the game. This was one of the latter. Vern Cotter, the Scotland head coach, was again left relieved by the result but scratching around for anything good to say about the performance.

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