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Six Nations: Tim Visser’s stock sky high after Scotland win

He may have made Scotland’s first try, scored their second and denied Wales a potentially crucial one with a fabulous last-ditch tackle into touch on Rhys Webb, but Tim Visser believes his most important contribution on Saturday came a bit higher off the BT Murrayfield turf.

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Six Nations: Scotland turn on style to end decade of defeat

At certain points during Scotland’s 17 years of often undistinguished participation in the Six Nations the phrase “we did win the second half” was occasionally trotted out as a classic example of straw-clutching par excellence.

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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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Italian Carlo Canna denies Englands Elliot Daly a second-half try. Picture: Getty.

Six Nations: England coach Eddie Jones blasts Italy’s tactics

England finished conclusive winners in the end but they survived an almighty scare at Twickenham yesterday, and afterwards their head coach, Eddie Jones, fiercely criticised Italy for the crafty tactics they deployed, which included a refusal to form rucks.

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Scotland 29 - 13 Wales: Watch as Scots overpower Welsh

Scotland made light of numerous injured players and recent history to claim their first victory over Wales in a decade, and they did it the hard way, bouncing back after trailing 10-3 at the end of the first quarter. The home team grew arms and legs throughout the second half and ended up dominating the only thing that matters, the scoreboard.

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Italian players react after Ireland's Craig Gilroy scores in their clash in Rome. Picture: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty

No hope for Italy against England

We thought this would be the most compelling and competitive Six Nations for a while and so it has proved to date, with one uncomfortably obvious exception. The entire Italian nation will be watching this afternoon’s match, or should that be mis-match, from behind the sofa and so too will one Irishman.

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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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Ireland scrum-half Conor Murray touches down for the only try of the game. Picture: Ian Walton/Getty Images

Ireland 19 - 9 France: Johnny Sexton flows despite the blows

Johnny Sexton shrugged off France’s latest bully-boy tactics to pilot Ireland’s stubborn 19-9 Six Nations victory in Dublin.

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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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Finn Russell kicks another penalty for Scotland. Picture: Neil Hanna

Scotland 29 - 13 Wales: Story of the match

Tries from Tommy Seymour and Tim Visser kept Scottish hopes of a first Triple Crown in 27 years alive as they claimed an impressive 29-13 win over Wales.

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Scotland celebrate a momentous win. Picture: ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/Getty Images

Scotland 29 - 13 Wales: Player ratings

Ratings out of ten for every player in Scotland’s 6 Nations win over Wales.

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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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Rugby terms explained: ruck or maul?

Don’t let the match day jargon spoil your enjoyment of watching Scotland play rugby. Sure, we might all be able to recognise a try, a scrum and a penalty, but the more technical situations can leave many scratching their heads.

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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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Scotland Womens captain Lisa Martin says the narrow defeat by Ireland has given her team belief that they can win at Broadwood. Picture: SNS/SRU

Scotland Women have belief to beat Wales, says captain

Scotland Women’s captain Lisa Martin feels that her side now have the belief to go out and win a Six Nations match as they prepare to take on Wales this evening at Broadwood (kick-off 6:20pm).

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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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George North has returned from injury for Wales. Picture: PA

Wales announce team to play Scotland in Six Nations

George North will return to Wales’ starting line-up for Saturday’s RBS 6 Nations clash against Scotland at Murrayfield.

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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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