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Five moments that defined Scotland’s Six Nations campaign

While the Six Nations campaign may not have ended exactly in the manner we wanted, it was still a step in the right direction as we managed three victories for only the second time since the Championships expanded to six sides. Duncan Smith looks back on the defining moments from the 2016 campaign

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Scotland's Huw Jones goes off with a hamstring injury against Italy. He is out for five months. Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS

Injured Huw Jones to miss Lions and Scotland tours

Scotland centre Huw Jones faces about five months out after tearing his hamstring.

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Stuart Hogg and Finn Russell are in the running for this season's award

Stuart Hogg and Finn Russell nominated for Six Nations award

FULL-BACK Stuart Hogg and stand-off Finn Russell are the two Scots to be nominated for this season’s RBS Player of the Six Nations Championship award.

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Stuart Hogg raises his arms in triumph as Matt Scott scores. Picture: Getty.

Six Nations: Scotland’s Stuart Hogg enjoys daddy of all weeks

Scotland’s players will be feeling the physical effects of a long, attritional Six Nations campaign this morning but, for star man Stuart Hogg, the biggest injury threat comes from smiling too much.

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Outgoing coach Vern Cotter takes his leave from Murrayfield for the last time after Scotlands win. Picture: SNS/SRU.

Clinical Scotland provide fitting send-off for Vern Cotter

By the time Vern Cotter faced the media after Saturday’s game that hint of moisture in the eyes witnessed as he took his acclaim on the pitch was long gone and he was, predictably, in no mood to indulge in an emotional look back at his time in charge of Scotland.

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Ireland winger Simon Zebo fends off England scrum-half Ben Youngs. Picture: PA.

Six Nations: England future still bright after defeat in Dublin

There is no competition quite like the Six Nations Championship for presenting mixed messages, but the inescapable impression from a typically chaotic and cacophonous final match in Dublin on Saturday evening was that the victors on the day had gained less from the tournament as a whole than the team who were beaten 13-9 and kept tryless but who finished on top of the overall standings for the second year running.

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Scotland coach Vern Cotter reacts after the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Italy at Murrayfield . Picture: Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Vern Cotter’s highs ... and lows

The highlights and lowlights of Vern Cotter’s time in charge of Scotland

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Scotland captain Stuart Hogg was happy to pose with young fans after the victory. Picture: Neil Hanna

Vern Cotter reverts to type after an emotional end

Vern Cotter ended his era as he started it, with a scrappy win, if you can count the three years he has had his hand on the Scotland tiller as such. If his side didn’t produce the fireworks that they are capable off, they still did enough to see off an Italian team that spurned every opportunity that came their way.

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Tommy Seymour dives over for his try against Italy. Photograph: Neil Hanna

Jim Hamilton: Young Scottish team has a bright future

After huge excitement going into the Six Nations about what Scotland would do, I think they delivered a good championship. To win all three home games, one against a good team in Wales and the opener against a great team in Ireland, should be seen as success. We have to remember this Scotland team are very young and, I think we can now say, have a very bright future.

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England's Ben Youngs attempts to tackle Ireland's Simon Zebo. Picture: PA Wire

Ireland 13 - 9 England: No Grand Slam for Eddie Jones

Eddie Jones shouldered full responsibility for England’s latest Grand Slam implosion in Dublin – then admitted he cannot wait to take on New Zealand.

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Wayne Barnes awards the winning try. Picture: Getty Images

100 minutes of madness as les Bleus leave it late

France needed 20 minutes of injury time to beat Wales 20-18 in an astonishing end to their final Six Nations game.

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Matt Scott drives his team forward. Picture: SNS/

Scotland 29 - 0 Italy: Vern Cotter signs off with fine win

Vern Cotter’s Murrayfield reign ended on a high as he signed off as Scotland head coach with a comfortable 29-0 win over Italy.

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Tim Visser celebrates after scoring his side's third try. Picture:

Scotland 29 - 0 Italy: Story of the match

Vern Cotter’s Murrayfield reign ended on a high as he signed off as Scotland head coach with a comfortable 29-0 win over Italy.

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Tommy Seymour dives over to score the game's fourth try and secure the bonus point. Picture:

Scotland 29 - 0 Italy: Player ratings

How each player rated in Vern Cotter’s final game as Scotland manager.

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Scotland head coach Vern Cotter took his final training session ahead of the Six Nations match against Italy. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS

Ryan Wilson: Vern Cotter departure ‘loss to Scottish Rugby’

The departure of Vern Cotter will be “a loss for Scottish rugby” according to one of the players who will be looking to ensure the coach’s time in charge ends on a high note against Italy at BT Murrayfield this afternoon.

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Scotland's Ross Ford trains ahead of the Italy clash. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS/SRU

Scotland seek final flourish but coach is wary of Italy

Having finished on the losing side four times against Italy in his 77-cap career, Nathan Hines doesn’t need reminding that Scotland would be foolish to go out this afternoon expecting to round off their Six Nations with a heartwarming third win from five.

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Scotland wing Tim Visser is a big man with Fred Astaire feet. Picture: Neil Hanna

Iain Morrison: Scots must deny Azzurri a toe-hold on game

Scotland have been tied to 
Italy in a three-legged race for far too long, competing not for honours at the top of the Six Nations ladder but simply trying to avoid the wooden spoon at the ugly end of the table. It’s like standing next to someone with bad breath. Every time you edge away from them they seem to edge closer again.

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Chloe Rollie scored two tries for Scotland. Picture: SNS/SRU

Scotland Women 14 - 12 Italy Women: Chloe Rollie runs show

Chloe Rollie was the star of the show with two tries and a handful of electrifying breaks as Scotland Women snatched their second win in this year’s Six Nations championship with a performance bursting with self-belief.

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Anthony Watson scores for England as Scotland endured a miserable time at Twickenham. Picture: David Davies/PA Wire

Allan Massie: Scots can exorcise Twickenham horror against Italy

Last week I called Twickenham a haunted house. Words spoken in jest can turn to nasty reality. After playing like zombies for an hour against Italy, England then put on a show reminiscent of Hammer Films at their gory best. It was as if Christopher Lee had risen from his coffin greedy for blood.

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Richie Gray has a hamstring injury. Picture:

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Richie Gray out of Scotland’s Six Nations clash v Italy

Scotland lock Richie Gray has been ruled out of Saturday’s match with Italy and will be replaced by Grant Gilchrist.

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