Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has named the full Six Nations squad that will face Wales this weekend.
Scotland’s perceived weakness could be a strength in Cardiff because key players are desperate to become part of the new attitude in the national team, believes Ryan Wilson.
Mike Blair believes Ali Price or Greig Laidlaw will be effective starting or coming off the bench for Scotland as the former captain upped the pressure on the selection team ahead of the NatWest Six Nations opener against Wales in Cardiff on Saturday.
Richie Gray will be missing for “weeks not months” from the Scotland squad during the NatWest Six Nations with a calf strain but while brother Jonny is missing him, he still expects to have his input for the first few weeks of the championship.
The injury epidemic in rugby isn’t just affecting professional and international sides, it seems, with a fresh spate of casualties afflicting Dundee High just when they thought they were over the worst.
Scott Lawson never stopped hoping for an international recall and retirement has “never entered my head” as he stands only a year from being Scotland’s oldest capped international.
Scotland’s Six Nations front row crisis deepened yesterday but forwards coach Dan McFarland thinks they’ll ride the losses of key personnel again.
Gregor Townsend had plenty reason to be cheerful following Glasgow’s valedictory European Champions’ Cup victory over Exeter at Scotstoun, but one wonders if he didn’t also realise he’d made a mistake.
The Glasgow Warriors avoided a whitewash in the European campaign with a mixture of epic defence and some stunning tries to knock Exeter out of the European Champions Cup.
Glasgow will put an international class backline with Stuart Hogg, Tommy Seymour and Alex Dunbar returning from lengthy spells out of action to try to make at least a closing statement on their poor European Champions’ Cup campaign.
Cammy Fenton has the opportunity to stake a claim to be in the mix at hooker for Edinburgh in the future when he makes his first start this season in the European Challenge Cup against Stade Francais in Paris.
Scotland have announced a second meeting with Wales in Cardiff in 2018 – just two weeks before the teams open the NatWest 6 Nations in the Principality Stadium.
Kirkcaldy took a huge step towards their goal of promotion back to BT National League One with victory last week but there’s still so far to go that no-one’s taking their nose off the grindstone.
Gregor Townsend wouldn’t take the bait to even idly consider why England’s Eddie Jones has suddenly developed a predilection for picking fringe Scottish players who are dual qualified.
Gloucester scrum-half Ben Vellacott is set to be the second former Scotland Under-20 cap in a month to be picked for an England squad, revealed Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend as he unveiled a 40-strong group for the forthcoming NatWest 6 Nations.
John Barclay will stay as captain but Gregor Townsend is optimistic that Greig Laidlaw will be available to play a full part in the majority of the NatWest 6 Nations to give Scotland “two quality leaders”.
Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend will name as many as 40 players for the forthcoming NatWest 6 Nations campaign at Murrayfield today – with possibly the most important one being a player who has not played for the national team since an infamous incident two and a half years ago.
Dundee High’s excruciating afternoon at Mayfield on Saturday was only ever going to be finished in one way.
Stuart Hogg won’t be risked by Glasgow Warriors even off the bench against Leinster as the Scotland full-back’s comeback from injury was postponed for at least another week.
Gloucester and Edinburgh became the first teams to secure their spots in the European Challenge Cup quarter-finals after contrasting wins over French sides on Friday night.