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Wales 14 - 13 France: Welsh hang on for second place

Wales sealed a second-place finish in the Six Nations by holding off France to win 14-13 in a battle of attrition in Cardiff.

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Sean Maitland dives over to score Scotland's third try during the win over Italy in Rome.''Picture: Ian Rutherford

Iain Morrison: Where does Italy win leave Scotland?

It was impossible not to feel a smidgen of sympathy for Italy coach Conor O’Shea, who looked like a badly beaten dog that has had a bone snatched from its jaws just when it thought its luck had turned. Italy bossed much of this match and led from the 13th to the 72nd minute only to see that elusive win slip through their fingers again.

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Michael Brown of Boroughmuir. Picture: Neil Hanna

Glasgow Hawks 0 - 27 Boroughmuir: Muir survive with win

Boroughmuir live to fight another season in the BT Premiership after securing a bonus-point win over Glasgow Hawks.

Hawick's Captain Bruce McNeil. Picture: William McBurnie

Hawick 38 - 3 Melrose: Home side cruise to victory

If Baltic conditions had not prevailed last night there would surely have been dancing in the streets of Hawick following the Greens’ handsome win over Melrose that secured continued membership of the BT Premiership.

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Marr in action. Picture: Ken Ferguson

Marr 27 - 17 Stirling County: Victory not enough to avoid drop

Marr did what they had to: secured the bonus-point win they needed, but, with Melrose losing at Hawick, it wasn’t enough and they will go back to National League 1 next season.

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In pictures: Every Scotland try of the 2018 Six Nations

Scotland’s final match of this year’s Six Nations tournament came to an end today, with Gregor Townsend’s side snatching victory from the jaws of defeat in a hard fought 29-27 win against Italy in Rome.

Ireland celebrate the Grand Slam. Picture: Getty Images/Glyn Kirk

England 15 - 24 Ireland: Dominant Irish win leads to Grand Slam triumph

Ireland ignited the St Patrick’s Day celebrations by completing the third Grand Slam in their history as England collapsed to a 24-15 defeat that nudges them towards NatWest 6 Nations despair.

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Italy vs Scotland: How the Scottish players rated

Greig Laidlaw’s last-gasp penalty saved Scotland from final-day defeat as they edged out Italy 29-27 in Rome.

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Italy 27 - 29 Scotland: Laidlaw’s late penalty wins thriller for Scotland

Italy always believe they can beat Scotland, and after witnessing yesterday’s match it is easy to understand why. The Scots got the win, and their first bonus point of the series, but they made life horribly difficult for themselves, having to bounce back from 17-5 and 24-12 down to win with a Greig Laidlaw penalty less than two minutes from time.

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Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend during the captain's run at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.''Picture: Ian Rutherford

Allan Massie: Scotland have a secure defence, Italy don’t

It didn’t feel like a 20-point defeat. There was, I think, general agreement about this. Nevertheless the score that will stand in the records is Ireland 28, Scotland 8, and, unless we beat Italy in Rome today, we’ll have gone another season without winning an away game in the Six Nations. Of course, neither have France nor Wales, though France have a chance to do so in Cardiff this evening. Home dominance has been a feature of the tournament, no away wins being recorded in the last three rounds. This may change today.

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Scotland train in the sunshine during the captain's run at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.''Picture: Ian Rutherford

Scots can leave one-time wooden spoon rivals in their wake

You’ll have heard the joke about the two sailors who found themselves marooned on a desert island until one of them stumbles across a lamp and the genie therein offers them one wish each.

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Scotland Club XV beat their Irish counterparts at Netherdale to retain the Dalriada Cup. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS

Scotland Club XV 35 - 26 Ireland Club XV: Dalriada Cup glory

Scotland retained the Dalriada
Cup with victory in the Club International last night at Netherdale, but were made to fight all the way by a defiant and gutsy Irish side.

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Ireland skipper Rory Best during the captain's run at Twickenham. Picture: PA

Ireland aim to fulfil grand ambition at Twickenham

At around a quarter to five this St Patrick’s Day afternoon, Ireland’s players will climb a podium in the middle of England’s home pitch at Twickenham and receive their Six Nations winners’ medals in shirt-number order, with the captain Rory Best held back to be presented with the Championship trophy.

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Duhan van der Merwe scores the game's first try at BT Murrayfield. Picture: SNS Group

Edinburgh 12-6 Munster: Duhan van der Merwe seals win for Edinburgh

Duhan van der Merwe crossed twice as Edinburgh saw off Munster 12-6 on their return to BT Murrayfield.

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Scotland's John Barclay in action during captain's run at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.''Picture: Ian Rutherford

John Barclay warns Scotland to be wary of Italian backlash

John Barclay has warned Scotland to beware of an Italian backlash as Conor O’Shea’s side look to avoid a NatWest Six Nations whitewash.

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Italy's Sergio Parisse will equal Brian O'Driscoll's Six Nations appearances record. Picture: Alastair Grant/AP

Two remarkable milestones for Italy captain Sergio Parisse

Year after year, despite loss after loss, he keeps coming back.

Tighthead prop Simon Berghan is back with Edinburgh and will be on the bench against Munster. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS

Richard Cockerill says Edinburgh are already in ‘Utopia’

Richard Cockerill believes his Edinburgh team are in a position they would have regarded as “Utopia” just a few short months ago as they prepare for a crunch match against Munster in which they could tighten their hold on a Pro14 play-off place.

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Scotland stand-off Finn Russell at Oriam ahead of the game against Italy in Rome. Picture Paul Devlin/SNS

Finn Russell hails Nick Grigg despite losing special advisor Peter Horne

Former England and Scotland coach Andy Robinson, talking about a young Jonny Wilkinson, pointed out that the wunderkind was only fully effective during the 2003 World Cup because he was getting sound advice in both ears, Matt Dawson inside him and Will Greenwood outside.

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Lee Jones is in the Scotland Sevens squad heading for Gold Coast: Picture: SNS

Lee Jones and Scott Riddell set for third Commonwealth Games

Lee Jones and Scott Riddell will both head to their third Commonwealth Games next month after the Scotland Sevens squad was named.

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England rugby coach Eddie Jones. Picture: Warren Little/Getty Images

Eddie Jones looks to draw a line under offensive remarks

Head coach Eddie Jones sought to draw a line under the derogatory comments made about Ireland and Wales as he performed radical surgery on the team for England’s final NatWest Six Nations match.

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