Vern Cotter: the New Zealander will be expecting a convincing home victory for Scotland after the success in Turin last week.  Photo  Michael Steele/Getty Images

A second win in a week over the Azzurri today would not go amiss if Vern Cotter’s Scotland side are to leave for the World Cup with anything like a (...)

Scotland’s Hugh Blake is tackled by Ireland’s Gordon D’Arcy during the World Cup warm-up match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

As Usain Bolt cantered across the 200m line yesterday I couldn’t help but notice how the great Jamaican transformed a struggling season, spent largely(...)

Scotland have made 11 changes to the team which lost to Scotland for their match with Italy. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Uncapped trio John Hardie, Rory Hughes and Stuart McInally will start for Scotland in their World Cup warm-up against Italy on Saturday, the Scotti(...)

Ireland fullback Simon Zebo breaks free to score a try in the 61st-minute against Scotland in the Rugby World Cup warm-up game at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 8:14

This was a sloppier, less accurate Irish performance, but Scotland put up a more meaningful and exacting challenge than Wales a week previously, wh(...)

 New Zealand-born flanker Hugh Blake will make his Scotland debut in Saturday’s match against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Rob Jefferies/Getty Images 6:19

Scotland will hand New Zealand-born flanker Hugh Blake his first cap when they kick-off their World Cup preparations against Ireland in Dublin on Satu(...)

Greig Laidlaw has been named as Scotland captain for the Test against South Africa in Nelspruit. Photograph:  Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Scotland named three new caps in their starting team for Saturday’s Test against South Africa in Nelspruit.Coach Scott Johnson has made seven changes (...)

Scotland head coach Scott Johnson. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Edinburgh lock Grant Gilchrist will collect his first cap for Scotland in Saturday's final Six Nations clash with France in Paris. The to(...)