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Scotland captain Stuart Hogg. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS

Allan Massie: Lessons from Scotland’s Calcutta Cup woe

Conditions at Murrayfield were so appalling last week that it is tempting to say there is nothing to have been learned from the match. It certainly wasn’t a normal game of rugby. One might say that England just deserved their victory because they defended well and made fewer handling errors, and leave it there.

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Scotland captain Stuart Hogg. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS

Scotland prop Zander Fagerson hails South African pair for helping him hit top form

There isn’t too much that has fallen into place for Scotland in the Six Nations but at least the set scrum has impressed. In the opening round in Dublin, Scotland won two straight arm penalties against an Ireland eight anchored by two British Lions props. And if things were a little less clear cut against England at least there was no capitulation as France’s forwards had done seven days earlier.

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George Horne is one of three returning Scotland players named in the Glasgow side to face Zebre. Picture: SNS/SRU.

Glasgow Warriors boosted as quartet are released from Scotland camp

A gap weekend in the Six Nations will give Gregor Townsend and his Scotland squad a brief but much-needed chance to recover and recalibrate after a bruising period in which they have not only lost their first two matches in the championship, but also star player Finn Russell following an internal dispute which has turned into a very embarrassing public spat. As a result, attention will be diverted this weekend towards the pro teams and their push to make the Pro14 play-offs.

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