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Six Nations: England and France ‘could delay start’

England and France delaying the start of their Six Nations campaigns by a week is one of several proposals being discussed by the Rugby Football Union.

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Retired BBC Radio Scotland rugby commentator Bill Johnstone outside Jedburgh Abbey. Picture: John Devlin

Interview: Bill Johnstone on his life behind the microphone

The tape recorder has just been activated to capture what turns into a fabulously entertaining hour in the company of freshly retired Radio Scotland rugby commentator Bill Johnstone when, right on cue, a visual trip down memory lane appears on the table to kick off the chat, or “blether” as he would say, perfectly.

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Scotland's Huw Jones in action against Wales' Rhys Webb. Pic: SNS/Ross Parker

Fixtures for 2018 and 2019 Six Nations Championships announced

Scotland will face Wales in Cardiff to open the 2018 Six Nations Championships after fixtures for the tournament and the 2019 edition were released.

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Mike Blair will combine his duties at Glasgow Warriors with his new role as Scotland skills coach. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS/SRU

Mike Blair to become Scotland’s skills coach

The final major cog in Gregor Townsend’s Scotland back-room set-up emerged yesterday with the news that Mike Blair will join his team as skills coach.

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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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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.


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.

Vern Cotter sheds a tear as he bows out as head coach of the Scottish team.
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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.

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.

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.

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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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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