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Fraser Brown: Scotland can’t be put off by 1983 and all that

Hooker Fraser Brown insists that Scotland’s players will not give much thought to “1983 and all that” in the next couple of weeks, believing that it is of more interest to the media and supporters.

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Scotland reach highest ever World Ranking position

Scotland have reached their highest ever position in the World Rugby rankings after Saturday’s triumph over Wales.

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Finn Russell acclaims Scotland's victory over Wales at full-time on Saturday. Picture: SNS/SRU

Eddie Jones starts mind games ahead of England-Scotland clash

England coach Eddie Jones has, 
predictably, started the mind games early ahead of Scotland’s Triple Crown-chasing visit to Twickenham a week on Saturday by questioning if Vern Cotter’s side can handle the “expectations of a nation”.

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Finn Russell kicked in the absence of the injured Greig Laidlaw and was immaculate from the tee. Picture: Neil Hanna

Russell’s magic boots deny Wales ten in a row

Back in the 1970s the men would tell their womenfolk: “That’s me off up to Edinburgh for the rugby, luv,” and surprised wives would wonder if they were going by foot because it was only Monday – but not even the great, marauding Welsh invasion forces of that era had been able to stretch an unbeaten run into double figures.

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Rhys Webb thinks he is over the line, but Tim Vissers efforts ensured the try was not awarded. Picture: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Scotland’s supermen star in second half against Wales

There used to be a TV show called Stars in their Eyes, where the contestant would appear as themselves before disappearing behind a curtain only to reappear as some superstar. “Tonight Mathew, I am going to be Elvis Presley.”

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Interview: Finn Russell on Pick ’n’ Mix and Miss Scotland

So, here I am at the Scotland rugby squad camp, laughing at Vern Cotter. Well, not actually at him because you don’t do that sort of thing, but the spoof Twitter account for the head coach, called Stern Vern Cotter, throws up some gems, such as: “Just Greeg and I watching #Eng-Wal game in team hotel. Others are playing Call of Duty. Finn’s out on the lawn waving at aeroplanes.”

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Allan Massie: Scotland’s backs have scored 51 Test tries

Italy against Ireland has been the only truly one-sided match in the Six Nations so far. Wales admittedly won by a comfortable margin in Rome, but were behind at half-time and indeed outplayed for most of the first 40 minutes. All the other matches have been close and might well have gone the other way. They have been compelling. In the four matches not involving Italy the losing team has got a bonus point, but nobody in these games has managed a four-try bonus one. Remarkably – some may say – Scotland have scored more tries than either England or France, the other teams who haven’t yet played Italy. Actually, we’ve also scored more than Wales, despite the three they got in Rome. Considering that it’s not long since we were regarded as a team incapable of crossing the opposition try-line from any distance greater than a metre, this is interesting. We lost in Paris despite scoring two tries to one.

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Tim Visser: ‘George North is a bit of a freak of nature’

Tim Visser isn’t the type to fret about what is coming down the track but even someone of his impressive physique must have a healthy respect for his opposite number today.

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Scotland out to end Wales’ ten-year winning run

The year was 1975, Wales were playing at Murrayfield and, come kick-off, the crowd was still mostly queuing outside, rather than filling the old ground.

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John Barclay’s comeback capped by call to the captaincy

Good things come to those who wait but John Barclay has been kicking his heels a lot longer than most. Scotland’s latest captain originally appeared in the national squad as a 17-year-old just out of school, and was first capped, against New Zealand, a decade ago. But only now, at the grand old age of 30, will the flanker lead the team on to the field at Murrayfield for the first time in his long and distinguished career.

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Scots centre Jones aims to be surprise package against Wales

Scotland’s Huw Jones hopes the element of surprise can help him shock Wales at Murrayfield on Saturday.

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Ryan Wilson ready for Scotland return after watching grief

Ryan Wilson is hoping to be back on the pitch contributing to the Scotland cause against Wales on Saturday rather than stuck on the couch “screaming mindless stuff” at the television.

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New Scotland captain named as team announced to play Wales

John Barclay has been named as Scotland captain for Saturday’s Six Nations clash with Wales.

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Jonny and Richie Gray square up to the French forwards during Scotland's defeat in Paris. Picture: SNS

Richie Gray backs brother Jonny for Scotland captaincy

The Tuesday before a Saturday international is normally the Scotland captain’s day to hold court and, for some time now, that has been an audience with Greig Laidlaw.

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Huw Jones tackles Gael Fickou last week. Picture: David Rogers/Getty Images)

I’m no Welshman says Scotland centre Huw Jones

Despite a name that is redolent of the Valleys, Murrayfield’s latest centre-stage star confirms he’s Scottish through and through, telling Iain Morrison he’s never had any links with Wales

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Henry Pyrgos in action for Scotland.

Five headaches for Scotland coach Vern Cotter

Injury problems are mounting up for the Scotland squad.

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Sean Maitlands injury is said to be to his ribs

Scotland fear for Sean Maitland’s fitness

After the losses of skipper Greig Laidlaw and No.8 Josh Strauss to ankle and kidney injuries respectively, the Scotland management team will be holding their breath and crossing their fingers after full-back Sean Maitland was forced off the field when playing for Saracens at Gloucester on Friday night, writes Iain Morrison.

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Greig Laidlaw limps away from last Saturdays match against France, and his absence now poses a dilemma. Picture: Fotosport/Rex/Shutterstock.

Allan Massie: Ali Price is right choice for Scotland

Result disappointing, performance good in parts, consequences worrying. That briefly sums up Sunday’s match at the Stade de France. The result was disappointing because we knew we could win, came close to doing so, but couldn’t bring it off. The performance was good in parts because for much of the match we were the better team, but overall revealed, or confirmed, an important 
weakness.

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Josh Strauss ahead of the opening clash with Ireland. Picture: SNS

Josh Strauss ruled out of Six Nations through injury

Scotland No.8 Josh Strauss has been ruled out for the rest of the Six Nations Championship through injury.

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Peter Horne has signed a new three-year deal with Glasgow Warriors. Picture: John Devlin

Scotland international Peter Horne signs new Glasgow deal

Glasgow have continued their preparations for new coach Dave Rennie’s arrival by tying up Scotland international Peter Horne on a new three-year deal.

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