1872 Cup a trial of strength for Scots

As oldest of rivals meet, Iain Morrison casts his eye over what, despite being a dead rubber, could be seen as a return of the Scotland trial

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Scotland showed guts and composure to close out the win over Ireland in the Six Nations at Murrayfield in February.  Picture: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Iain Morrison: Lewis Moody’s Scotland claims are simplistic

Lewis Moody lobbed a 
grenade Scotland’s way yesterday when the former England captain suggested that Warren Gatland had selected just two of Vern Cotter’s team for the Lions’ summer tour of New Zealand because of the Scots’ mental fragility, despite them winning three of their five matches in this season’s Six Nations.

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Scott Wight is unveiled as the head coach of the Scotland Women's Sevens team. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

Scott Wight appointed coach of Scotland Women Sevens side

Scott Wight, the new head coach of the Scotland Women’s Sevens side, believes exposure to the abbreviated game can only help the nation’s best players as the XV-a-side squad continue to make strides.

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Former England international Lewis Moody. Picture: Tom Dulat/Getty Images

Scottish players ‘can’t deal with pressure’ - Lewis Moody

Former England international Lewis Moody has claimed that an “inability to deal with pressure” is the reason only two Scots were picked for the British and Irish Lions’ tour New Zealand this summer.

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Nathan Hines came so close with  Clermont Auvergne. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Divided loyalties for Nathan Hines as Clermont face Leinster

He was three years at Clermont, two at Leinster. He lifted the European Cup with the Dublin outfit and lost a final with what is still reckoned to be the best club never to have won the big one. Little wonder that Nathan Hines is torn between today’s two semi-finalists.

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If the jersey fits: Tommy Seymour, is relishing the chance to wear the famous red stripe.
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Winging it - Ulster reject Tommy Seymour on being a Lion

Iscrolled through some old newspaper cuttings online from 2011, the year that Tommy Seymour exited Ulster’s academy and joined Glasgow Warriors at the behest of Sean Lineen, a good piece of business by the Glasgow coach as it turned out.

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw was injured against France in the Six Nations. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw set for return from injury

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw is set to return from injury in Gloucester’s European Challenge Cup semi-final against La Rochelle today.

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Lions captain Sam Warburton is one of 12 Welshmen in Warren Gatland's touring squad. Picture: Warren Little/Getty Images

Allan Massie: Selection of 12 Welshmen sticks in the craw

Of course we are aggrieved. Two out of 41 – it’s natural to be aggrieved. Before we know where we are, Nicola may be branding Warren Gatland a Scotland-persecuting Tory. Meanwhile, he has given his reasons for ignoring so many Scottish candidates. How do they look?

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Gordon Bulloch in action for the Lions during the tourists' match against Manawatu in New Zealand in 2005. Picture: David Rogers/Getty Images

Gordon Bulloch says snubbed Scots still have Lions hope

The year was 2005, the place was Auckland’s Eden Park and the event was the third and final Test match between Clive Woodward’s British and Irish Lions and the all-conquering All Blacks. The end of that particular tour couldn’t come quickly enough for the visiting players, with one possible exception.

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Hamish Watson missed out on Lions selection.

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Jim Telfer: Warren Gatland has let down Scottish rugby

John Barclay, Hamish Watson and Finn Russell should all feel hard done by following their exclusion from the British and Irish Lions squad, accoring to Jim Telfer.

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Scotland duo Tommy Seymour and Stuart Hogg have been named in the Lions squad. Picture: Craig Watson/SNS/SRU

British & Irish Lions: Two Scots named in 2017 squad

Two Scots have been named in the Lions squad to tour New Zealand in the summer.

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Duncan Taylor runs through to score Scotland's second try in last year's Six Nations match against France at BT Murrayfield.   Picture Ian Rutherford

Allan Massie: There’s no need for Six Nations tinkering

It looks as if the proposal to play the Six Nations over five weekends with no breaks will be shot down. Let us hope so. It was advanced by the English Premiership clubs, for selfish reasons, and approved by the RFU, presumably to keep the clubs happy. The SRU has come out against it, and so, happily, has the WRU. More significantly perhaps, there’s no sign that players are in favour of the change.

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Kelly Brown after captaining Scotland against Australia in 2013. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Matt Taylor says retiring Kelly Brown will make great coach

Matt Taylor was coming to the end of his playing career at the Border Reivers just as Kelly Brown was emerging as one of the stand-out young Scottish talents of his generation and the elder back-rower immediately sensed he was destined for big things.

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Former Scotland captain Kelly Brown will retire at the end of the season. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Former Scotland captain Kelly Brown to hang up his boots

Former Scotland captain Kelly Brown has announced he will retire at the end of the season to take up a role with Saracens’ academy.

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Gregor Townsend will take over as Scotland boss in May. Picture: Getty

Scotland name test opponents for Gregor Townsend bow

Scotland will face Italy in Gregor Townsend’s first match as head coach of the national team after the summer test opponents were announced.

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Finn Russell is in contention. Picture: Neil Hanna

5 Lions squad hopefuls out to impress in the Champions Cup

Warren Gatland names his British and Irish Lions squad for New Zealand on April 19. And although the RBS 6 Nations has passed, this weekend’s Champions Cup quarter-finals offers another chance to assess his options.

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Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw at BT Murrayfield to mark the launch of Mitsubishi Motors as the Official Partner of Scottish Rugby. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS/SRU

Greig Laidlaw on the mend and still hoping for Lions call-up

Greig Laidlaw says he is hoping to make his comeback from the ankle injury which cut short his involvement in this year’s RBS Six Nations championship in three to four weeks’ time.

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Scotland's Finn Russell scores the opening try against Italy but he may not have done enough to earn a Lions call from Warren Gatland. Picture: SNS Group

Allan Massie: Lions hopefuls caught in vicious circle

Vern Cotter has left the Scotland team in a much better place than he found it. Nobody can doubt this and we should all be grateful. Except for the well-nigh inexplicable collapse at Twickenham, this has been a very satisfactory season with victories over Ireland and Wales, a rare double.

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Stuart Hogg ‘chuffed to bits’ with Six Nations award

Stuart Hogg has credited his Scotland team-mates with helping him achieve a second successive Six Nations Player of the Championship award.

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Stuart Hogg retains Six Nations Player of Championship award

Stuart Hogg has credited his Scotland team-mates with helping him achieve a second successive Six Nations Player of the Championship award.

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