Scotland’s optimism for the RBS 6 Nations was doused in sadly familiar fashion at BT Murrayfield as England’s swarming defence and powerful pack won a deserved victory to retain the Calcutta Cup for a ninth successive time.
Scotland have won successive matches in the 6 Nations for the first time in since 2013 with a hard-fought but ultimately well-deserved 29-18 victory over France at BT Murrayfield.
Finn Russell reckons Glasgow have timed their revival to perfection in their quest to cling on to the Pro12 crown.
There was much more movement in Vern Cotter’s Six Nations squad than might have been expected, but don’t expect that much in the XV that run out at BT Murrayfield just before 5 pm on February 6.
Dundee High were only playing for pride on Saturday against BT National I league champions league winners Watsonians.
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Edinburgh’s precise gameplan and tenacious defence was good enough to give them a second successive win over Glasgow at BT Murrayfield and a sizeable advantage for the second leg of the 1872 Cup.
Scotland stand-off Finn Russell isn’t mentally drained from Scotland’s run of hard luck Six Nations stories and can’t wait to get out on the training field and to Rome for the next leg.
Scotland's Stuart Hogg has been voted the RBS 6 Nations player of the championship.
It wasn’t perfect by any means, and there were quite a few eyes looking skyward and nervous twitches from fans around half-time at Kingholm. But Scotland are off and running as well as could be expected in Rugby World Cup 2015.
Scotland have recalled Duncan Weir to stand-off for Saturday’s final RBS 6 Nations match with Ireland in Dublin rather than continue with Glasgow clubmate Peter Horne.