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Gregor Townsend hails Scotland’s resilience and character

A tour in which you win two games out of three convincingly and lose the other by a single point has to be regarded as a success, statistically speaking. But these few weeks in the Americas have been about far more than the Tests against Canada, the USA and Argentina: they have been a baptism of fire for many members of Gregor Townsend’s young squad, and on Saturday night in Resistencia they came through it with flying colours.

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George Horne savours Scotland’s ‘enjoyable’ win in Argentina

Defeat can be a chastening experience for young players, especially those who are usually high on confidence. Self-doubt creeps in, and voices – sometimes internal, sometimes those of older, wiser colleagues – start to advocate caution. Play it safe, cut down on the risks, think defensively, they suggest.

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Iain Morrison: Impressive display but Horne and Hastings stars of the show

When we look back at that first ever loss to the USA Eagles we may well thank them for the wake-up call!

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Argentina 15-44 Scotland: First-half blitz stuns Pumas

A breathtaking display of attacking rugby saw Scotland end their tour on a high note here in Resistencia with an exhilarating victory. Five tries in the first half crushed the Pumas’ hopes of winning their final game under Daniel Hourcade, and another was added in the second to make it two victories out of three for the tourists following their previous win over Canada and loss to the USA.

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Scotland No 8 David Denton can use his power to penetrate the Argentina defence. Picture: �Fotosport/David Gibson

Allan Massie: David Denton can be free-running powerhouse we need

Losing to the USA last week was disappointing but not a surprise. The Americans are a tough, hard team, and we should remember that they made things difficult for Vern Cotter’s men in the last World Cup. They have an outstanding stand-off in Dublin-born A J McGinty, formerly of Connacht, now with Sale. He shone against Scotland just as his club partner Faf De Klerk has sparkled for South Africa against England. Sale indeed may have as good a half-back partnership as any club in Europe; certainly there can be few better.

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Stuart McInally - Scotland captain warms up ahead of tomorrow's test match against Argentina.'Scotland, captain's run, Estadio Centenario, , Resistencia, Chaco, Argentina, Friday 22nd June 2018'***Please credit: �Fotosport/David Gibson***

Stuart McInally returns for Scotland’s tour finale

Stuart McInally believes Scotland can end the summer tour on a high against Argentina today by returning to their high-tempo style, writes Stuart Bathgate in Resistencia.

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Scotland centre Peter Horne on an exercise bike at the team hotel in Resistencia. Picture: �Fotosport/David Gibson

Argentina is acid test for Scotland World Cup hopefuls

Some one-off Tests take place and quickly become minor, loose-leaf entries in the history of the national team. But when Scotland take on Argentina this evening in this northern provincial capital, there will be a lot more riding on the match.

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Nick Grigg tries to dodge his team-mates during a game of tag at Scotland training in Resistencia. Picture: �Fotosport/David Gibson

Scotland coach Gregor Townsend mixes youth and experience

There is a carefully calculated
combination of callowness and experience in the Scotland team to play Argentina in Resistencia tomorrow.

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Hooker/flanker Fraser Brown during Scotland training. Picture: �Fotosport/David Gibson

Scotland hooker Fraser Brown swaps front row for flanker role

Scotland will deploy Glasgow hooker Fraser Brown at openside flanker against Argentina in Resistencia tomorrow as they bid to end the summer tour on a winning note.

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Scottish Rugby strikes bumper deal with Tennent’s Lager

Scottish Rugby has confirmed a long-term, seven-figure contract extension with Tennent’s Lager, in a move that strengthens the beer firm’s association with all levels of the game in Scotland.

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Gregor Townsend backs Fraser Brown to improve Scotland at openside

Gregor Townsend has no concerns about fielding Fraser Brown in the back row after naming his Scotland side to face Argentina on Saturday.

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Eight changes to Scotland team to face Argentina in final Test

Stuart McInally will lead Scotland against Argentina on Saturday after recovering from injury.

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Gordon Bulloch to scale equivalent of Everest to support Doddie Weir

Former Scotland captain Gordon Bulloch will today set off to scale his own Mount Everest in the latest show of support for Doddie Weir’s campaign to find a cure for motor neurone disease (MND).

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Sam Hidalgo-Clyne stretches off in training at the Scotland base in Resistencia, Argentina. Picture: David Gibson/Fotosport

Interview: Sam Hidalgo-Clyne on Edinburgh exit and World Cup aim

The last leg of a tour is invariably the toughest. The novelty of being on the road has faded, fatigue sets in, and thoughts turn to holidays or home.

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Centre James Lang is itching for another taste of international rugby when Scotland take on Argentina. Picture: Fotosport/David Gibson

James Lang comes out of left field on Scotland tour

There’s always one. Whenever a squad announced is for a summer tour, be it a national side or the British and Irish Lions, one of the names comes out of nowhere, and on this Scotland tour that name is James Lang.

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Tim Swinson during a training session in Houston, Texas. Picture: �Fotosport/David Gibson

Tim Swinson says tour can still be a success after Houston

At 31, Tim Swinson is one of the most experienced members of the Scotland squad, if not exactly a veteran just yet. And one of the benefits of experience is the ability to put setbacks into perspective, no matter how tough they may seem at the time.

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Former Cardiff Blues head coach Danny Wilson will succeed Dan McFarland in Gregor Townsend's coaching staff. Picture: Getty Images

Danny Wilson named new Scotland assistant coach

Scottish Rugby has confirmed the appointment of former Cardiff Blues head coach Danny Wilson, who will join the national team set-up as Assistant Coach to Gregor Townsend.

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Mark Dodson faced the media hours after watching Scotland lose to the United State. Picture: David Gibson/Fotosport

Flockhart offers support to under-fire Dodson... for now

When Mark Dodson and Rob Flockhart sat down to meet journalists here yesterday, news that Scottish Rugby is to hold a review into the findings of the Keith Russell tribunal had just broken.

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Skipper Stuart Hogg's disappointment is plain to see as he leaves the field after Scotland lost to USA. Picture: David Gibson/Fotosport

Mistakes prove costly in Scotland’s defeat by USA

It was a subdued Scotland squad that set out for Argentina from Texas last night after Saturday night’s 30-29 defeat by the United States punctured the positivity that has prevailed since the start of the tour. The object now for the coaching team and the remaining 28 players as they prepare for Saturday night’s Test against the Pumas in Resistencia is to claim the victory that will mean the tour as a whole has been a success.

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Gregor Townsend has urged his Scotland side to bounce back from the defeat by USA. Picture: Fotosport/David Gibson

Scotland release five players for Test against Argentina

Five players have been released from the Scotland squad that travelled from 
Houston to Argentina overnight, with 28 carrying on for the final Test of the tour, against the Pumas in the northern city of Resistencia on Saturday.

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