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Iain Morrison: Five faces to freshen up squad for Six Nations

Scotland looked good in the autumn series of Tests but how many times have we said that, only to be disappointed as the national team wilts in the unforgiving spotlight of the Six Nations?

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George Horne. Picture: Getty

Allan Massie: No 9 still a position of strength for Scotland

Dave Rennie’s selection of young George Horne on the bench for last night’s match against Montpellier doesn’t, I think, indicate that he has edged ahead of Henry Pyrgos in the pecking-order, but it does show that he has made a remarkably confident and successful start to his professional career. The speed and accuracy of his pass and his alertness on the break and in open play have been mighty impressive.

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Scotland prop WP Nel. 
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Scotland’s WP Nel set to miss Six Nations with broken arm

Scotland prop WP Nel is likely to miss the Six Nations.

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Duhan van der Merwe has ambitions of qualifying for Scotland through residency. Picture: SNS Group

Edinburgh winger Duhan van der Merwe chasing Scotland dream

Duhan van der Merwe has revealed he is hoping to follow in the footsteps of his team-mates and countrymen WP Nel and Cornell du Preez by staying in Scotland and qualifying for the national team through residency.

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Stuart Hogg faced the All-Blacks but missed the visit of Australia after aggravating an injury during the warm-up. Picture: SNS Group

Stuart Hogg hip injury keeps him out of Montpellier double-header

Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg is set to miss Glasgow’s European Champions Cup double header with Montpellier Herault as he continues to recover from a hip injury.

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Vern Cotter has guided Montpellier to the summit of the Top 14. Pic: Pascal Guyoy AFP/Getty Images)

Vern Cotter relishing return to Scotland – but wary of Glasgow

Vern Cotter returns to Scotland this week for the first time since being shown the Murrayfield exit when his Montpellier Herault side face Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun on Friday evening in the first of twin, back-to-back fixtures that will determine whether either club – both are winless in Europe – has any prospect of progress.

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Byron McGuigan impressed in the win over Australia, scoring two tries.

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Allan Massie: We won so well because we outpaced Australia

Neither of the Australian Michaels – Cheika or Hooper – made the red card given to their prop an excuse for their heavy defeat by Scotland. This wasn’t only gentlemanly and in the spirit of the game. It was also sensible. Of course you are at a disadvantage when you lose a player for half of a match, but there are plenty of examples of 14 men beating 15. C J Stander was sent off a little more than a quarter into Ireland’s first Test against South Africa last year; Ireland went on to win. Racing 92’s scrum-half, Maxime Machenaud was red-carded early in the Top 14 final two seasons ago; Racing won.

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The Scotland team celebrate their victory in last seasons London Sevens tournament at Twickenham. Picture: Getty.

Jamie Farndale: Scotland set off in defence of Sevens cup title

For a fortunate few rugby
players across the world, the sun-seeking World Rugby Sevens season kicks off today. Fifteen core teams will once again compete in more than ten international tournaments, culminating in Paris in June.

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Stuart Hogg had to sit out Scotland's win over Australia. Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS

Stuart Hogg in race to be fit for Glasgow’s crunch Euro tie

Glasgow Warriors head coach Dave Rennie admits he is sweating over Stuart Hogg’s fitness for the eagerly anticipated European Champions Cup clash with Montpellier.

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Team captains pose ahead of the Emirates Dubai Sevens.  Picture: Tom Dulat/Getty Images

Old heads and young blood power Scotland’s sevens future

Less than a year from both the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast and the San Francisco Sevens World Cup, Scotland’s short squad has lost two veterans who will be difficult to replace.

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John Hardie will be unavailable for selection until mid-January at the earliest. File picture: SNS Group

John Hardie banned for 3 months for ‘gross misconduct’

Edinburgh and Scotland flanker John Hardie has been given a three-month suspension for gross misconduct following the reported use of cocaine.

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Eddie Jones plays down talk of Scotland ‘revival’ after Australia win

Eddie Jones sought to play down talk of a Scottish revival after their victory over Australia at the weekend, as he recalled a similar wave of optimism going into this year’s Six Nations Championship.

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Ali Price signs new two year deal with Glasgow Warriors

One of Scotland’s star men from the recent autumn series, scrum-half Ali Price, has committed to Glasgow Warriors by signing a two-year contract extension which will keep him at Scotstoun until 2020.

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Finn Russell ‘can’t wait’ to join up with Racing 92

Scotland stand-off Finn Russell is targeting European glory when he joins French giants Racing 92 next season and said he “can’t wait to be there”.

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Sekope Kepu was shown a red card for a badly mistimed challenge during the match between Scotland and Australia. Picture: Getty Images

Sekope Kepu hit with three-week ban for challenge on Hamish Watson

Australia forward Sekope Kepu has been handed a three-week suspension for a flying shoulder charge on Scotland’s Hamish Watson during the first half of the 53-24 Test defeat at Murrayfield.

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Gregor Townsend celebrates after scoring a try during the France/Scotland Five Nations rugby match on 10 April 1999. Picture: Getty Images

15 great Scottish rugby victories - but do they match Australia win?

Scotland’s exhilarating eight-try 53-24 smashing of Australia at BT Murrayfield on Saturday has staked a huge claim for being the greatest-ever victory in the 146-year history of the national rugby team. Here, Duncan Smith looks at some of the other contenders which could rival the humbling of the Wallabies.

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Finn Russell, right, embraces injured team-mate Stuart Hogg at full-time. Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS

Scotland hunting down Springboks in world rankings

Scotland’s 53-24 thrashing
of Australia on Saturday was not quite enough to lift Gregor Townsend’s men into the top five of the World Rugby rankings.

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Scotland ‘have chance of winning Six Nations’ say ex-internationals

Former Scotland centre Scott Hastings and ex-England international Jeremy Guscott have both cautiously backed Gregor Townsend’s side to impress in next year’s Six Nations Championship.

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Finn Russell ‘can be world’s best Number 10,’ says Australian newspaper

An Australian journalist has made a bold claim that Scotland playmaker Finn Russell could become the bestNumber 10 in the world - if he doesn’t already have it.

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What the Australian newspapers are saying about Scotland 53-24 Australia

After Scotland’s memorable win over the Wallabies at the weekend, here’s a quick glance at what the Australian newspapers had to say about the match...

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