Rugby

Scotland coach allows quartet to return for PRO12 ties

31 October 2014 9.11am.

Scotland head coach Vern Cotter has released just four players from the Scotland Autumn Tests squad back to their pro teams for this weekend’s round of Guinness PRO12 matches as he keeps his cards close to his chest on selection for next week’s opening Viagogo Autumn Test against Argentina.

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Dundee HSFP skipper Brown ‘over the moon’ after Baa-baas invitation

31 October 2014 8.58am.

Dundee HSFP skipper Alan Brown has been honoured with selection to play for the famous Barbarians in the annual match against the Armed Forces select next month.

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  • Townsend wary of Treviso threat

    30 October 2014 7.01pm.

    Glasgow Warriors coach Gregor Townsend hopes to see his side's impressive European form continue in the Guinness Pro12.

  • Edinburgh decimated by injuries

    30 October 2014 7.01pm.

    Edinburgh coach Alan Solomons admits he has never seen an injury list like the one currently hanging in the BT Murrayfield physio room.

  • Burgess relishing union challenge

    30 October 2014 2.02pm.

    Sam Burgess has revealed that his high-profile, six-figure switch of rugby codes was based on "the challenge" that will await him - and not next year's World Cup in England.

  • Smith upbeat over fitness

    30 October 2014 1.01pm.

    England scrum-half Matty Smith insists he will be fully fit for Sunday's Four Nations clash with Australia and says his Wigan skipper Sean O'Loughlin is confident of lining up alongside him.

  • Bravehearts on verge of history

    30 October 2014 12.01pm.

    Discarded by England in the prime of his career, Danny Brough will get the chance to play against them if he can lead Scotland to victory over France in their final match of the 2014 European Championship in Galashiels on Friday night.

  • Scotland boss is leaving options open

    30 October 2014 8.54am.

    Scotland will name a replacement captain for the injured Grant Gilchrist on a match-by-match basis for the viagogo Autumn Tests as head coach Vern Cotter admits he wants to see “who is going to be standing”.

  • Barbarians offer a World Cup chance

    29 October 2014 6.01pm.

    Alastair Kellock and Colin Slade will lead a Barbarians side full of shunned stars auditioning for Rugby World Cup 2015 reprieves, according to John Kirwan.

  • Offiah likes England chances

    29 October 2014 1.17pm.

    Former Great Britain winger Martin Offiah believes Australia are "there for the taking" as England prepare to deliver the knockout punch in the Four Nations Series.

  • Watkins signs new Leeds deal

    29 October 2014 9.01am.

    England centre Kallum Watkins has signed a new five year deal with Leeds, the Super League club have announced.

  • No radical changes for Lancaster

    28 October 2014 2.01pm.

    Head coach Stuart Lancaster insists there will be no radical alterations to England's approach in the autumn Tests despite the presence of innovative attack coach Brian Ashton at the squad's preparation camp this week.

  • James set for Ospreys return

    28 October 2014 9.46am.

    Wales international prop Paul James will rejoin the Ospreys next season from Aviva Premiership club Bath.

  • No changes yet for McNamara

    28 October 2014 9.01am.

    England coach Steve McNamara has named an unchanged side for Sunday's Four Nations match against Australia but has not yet ruled out injured captain Sean O'Loughlin.

  • Wales to wait on Davies scan

    27 October 2014 6.01pm.

    Wales will await scan results on star centre Jonathan Davies' shoulder before taking stock of his autumn Test prospects.

  • Horne and Hidalgo-Clyne called up

    27 October 2014 1.01pm.

    Scotland head coach Vern Cotter has brought two additional players into his squad as injury cover ahead of the autumn internationals.

  • Rugby round-up: Race for BT Caledonia Division 1 title is hotting up

    27 October 2014 9.14am.

    The race for the BT Caledonia Division 1 rugby title gathered pace with the top quartet all posting wins on Saturday.

  • Dundee HSFP 5 Watsonians 32: Dundee High’s boys are no match for Edinburgh side

    27 October 2014 9.10am.

    It was a case of boys against men, quite literally, at Mayfield as Watsonians hammered Dundee HSFP 32-5 on Saturday.

  • Gilchrist central to Cotter’s plan despite injury blow

    27 October 2014 9.04am.

    Grant Gilchrist remains a central part of Vern Cotter’s plan for Scotland’s future, but the new head coach has tough decisions to make as his first national squad gathered in Newcastle.

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