Scots 20 years behind New Zealand in sports psychology, says Glasgow coach

Scottish rugby is 20 years behind New Zealand when it comes to sports psychology, according to Glasgow Warriors assistant coach Jason O’Halloran, who has also found that players here are less able to respond positively to constructive criticism.

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Bryan Redpath is the new Scotland U20 head coach. Picture: Alan Harvey/SNS

Bryan Redpath returns to lead Scotland at World U20 Championship

Former national captain Bryan Redpath has been appointed Scotland Under-20s head coach for this summer’s World Rugby U20 Championship in France.

Glasgow's Ruaridh Jackson insists he couldn't resist the opportunity to join the Scotland squad. Picture: SNS

Ruaridh Jackson set to roll back the years with Team Scotland

Ruaridh Jackson knows that the game of rugby sevens has transformed completely from 2007, when he last played the shorter game on the international stage, but after getting back in the groove in Hong Kong last weekend he is ready to make his mark on the Gold Coast.

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Scotland celebrate victory over France at the U18 Six Nations Festival at Cardiff Arms Park. Picture: Harry Trump/Getty Images

Scotland U18 on the up with wins over England and France

Scotland Under-18s lost to Wales a few weeks back. It was a narrow game and the Scots dominated the stats but they were missing some key players and, after speaking to several coaches on the sidelines, it seemed like this lot might be a special year group.

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Jo Nayacavou will play for 'Team Scotland in the rugby sevens  at the Commonwealth Games. Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS/SRU

Fijian Jo Nayacavou flies Saltire for Scotland rugby sevens

It isn’t the IRB World Series of Sevens but it looks a little like it, with most, if not quite all, the usual faces showing up on Australia’s Gold Coast for the Commonwealth Games. France and Argentina are missing, but New Zealand, Australian, Samoa, Kenya, Canada, South Africa, three home nations (minus Ireland of course) and, of course Fiji are all present and correct.

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Scotland's Max McFarland will play in Hong Kong before heading to the Commonwealth Games. Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS

Max McFarland wings into Scotland side via Ireland and Russia

The Scotland Sevens squad will be looking to hit the ground running at the Hong Kong Sevens over the next few days to give themselves some momentum heading into next week’s Commonwealth Games.

Scotland U18 try-scorer Rufus McLean offloads in the win over France at Cardiff Arms Park.  Picture: Harry Trump/Getty Images

Scotland defeat France for the first time at Under-18 level

Scotland’s excellent form at the Under-18 Six Nations Festival being played in South Wales continued with a characterful 24-21 victory over France at Cardiff Arms Park.

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Edinburgh's Hamish Watson is expected to miss the rest of the season. Picture: SNS/Rob Casey

Edinburgh and Scotland hit by Hamish Watson injury blow

Hamish Watson is to miss the rest of Edinburgh’s season as well as Scotland’s summer tour to the Americas after opting to have surgery on a shoulder problem. The openside flanker, who last played in the Six Nations match against 
Italy, took the decision after consulting Gregor Townsend and Richard Cockerill, head coaches of Scotland and Edinburgh respectively.

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Scotland players celebrate the win over England at the U18s Six Nations Festival in Wales. Picture: Gareth Everett/Huw Evans/REX/Shutterstock

Scotland U18 target France after stunning win over England

Scotland face France 
in the second round of the Six Nations Under-18 Rugby Festival in South Wales tomorrow with confidence following their thrilling 32-27 win over England on Saturday.

Ruaridh Jackson has joined the Scotland sevens squad. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Ruaridh Jackson ‘has right rugby brain’ to succeed at sevens

Ruaridh Jackson’s experience and clever rugby brain will make his transition into the Scotland Sevens squad for the two big events over the next fortnight a lot easier, according to team-mate Jamie Farndale.

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Queen's Park and the SFA are said to have agreed a deal in principle for Hampden Park. Picture: Robert Perry

Queen’s Park and SFA yet to agree a price for Hampden

Queen’s Park and the Scottish FA have yet to finalise a price despite reports that the amateur club have agreed in principle to sell Hampden Park to the game’s governing body.

Scotland U-18 celebrate after beating England at the Six Nations Festival. Picture: Gareth Everett/Huw Evans/REX/Shutterstock

Scotland U-18s 32-27 England U-18s: Young Scots with memorable victory

Scotland U-18s pulled off a memorable win over England in the opening match of the Six Nations Festival in South Wales with a 32-27 victory.

Ross Ford has been out injured for five months. Picture: SNS

Ross Ford to wear Melrose colours in comeback from injury

Scotland hooker Ross Ford will make his return to action after five months out when he plays for Melrose in the BT Cup semi-final against Watsonians at Myreside tomorrow.

Scotland Sevens coach John Dalziel, who has named his Commonwealth Games squad, with captain Scott Riddell.''Picture: Jeff Holmes

Darcy Graham and George Horne will light up Gold Coast - Dalziel

Exciting young rugby talents Darcy Graham and George Horne can light up the Commonwealth Games next month, according to Scotland Sevens head coach John Dalziel.

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Mark Dodson has had his contract extended until 2023. Picture: SNS Group

Mark Dodson, Scottish Rugby chief, extends contract until 2023

The Scottish Rugby board has extended the contract of Mark Dodson, the organisation’s chief executive, until 2023.

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Gemma Fay, the SRU's head of women's and girls' rugby. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS

Former footballer Gemma Fay charged with improving Scottish rugby

Women’s football legend Gemma Fay admits it has been “a steep learning curve” moving into the world of the oval ball but is brimming with enthusiasm to take female rugby forward in this country.

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Scotland were able to secure a come-from-behind victory over Italy in the Stadio Olimpico. Picture: Getty

Scottish Rugby to probe sectarian incident in Rome

Scottish Rugby have launched an investigation after supporters were filmed using sectarian language during the recent trip to Rome.

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Six Nations report card: How the Scotland players rated

Marks out of 10 for every player who made an appearance for Scotland in the 2018 NatWest Six Nations tournament...


No Scots nominated for Six Nations ‘Player of the Tournament’ award

Despite a third-place finish, and Stuart Hogg winning the award for the last two years running, no Scots have been shortlisted for the 2018 Six Nations Player of the Tournament award.

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Greig Laidlaw blocked out distraction to kick Scotland into third

Scotland finished the Six Nations in third place with three wins to their credit, although that didn’t look likely for much of Saturday’s game in Rome. The Scots ended this tournament as they had started it, playing badly, and
it took two tries in the final quarter, the first by Sean Maitland, the 
second by Stuart Hogg, to secure 

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