New Zealand-born flanker John Hardie has been named in Scotland’s squad for the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Images

Vern Cotter has confirmed neither Blair Cowan or John Barclay will live out their World Cup dream after controversially axing both from his 31-man squ(...)

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(...)

Ireland fullback Simon Zebo is tackled during the World Cup warm-up game against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:   Billy Stickland/Inpho 3:24

Ireland 28 Scotland 22 Another win then surrounded by more positives than negatives. “The real positive is we can report a clean bill of health,” said(...)

 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(...)

Leinster’s Darragh Fanning tries to escape the clutches of Rob Harley of Glasgow: Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster 28 Glasgow Warriors 25 Leinster went top of the Pro 12 leag(...)

Connacht’s Craig Ronaldson tackles Warriors’ Ruaridh Jackson at Scotstoun. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Inpho

Glasgow Warriors 8 Connacht 6 Connacht came desperately close to achieving what would have been their first ever win at Scotstoun but in the end failu(...)

 South Africa fullback Willie Le Roux  dives over for a try during the international against Scotland  at Murrayfield. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Scotland 0 South Africa 28: Scotland suffered a painful shut-out defeat to South Africa as they were utterly outclassed at Murrayfield.The home side l(...)

Scotland’s Tommy Seymour scores a try against Japan  at Murrayfield. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Scotland 42 Japan 17Tommy Seymour grabbed two tries on his home debut as Scotland saw off the challenge of improving Japan 42-17 following a flurry (...)

In Niko Matawalu Glasgow have a speedster who could turn your blood inside out

Last weekend’s performances by the Scarlets and Glasgow Warriors confirm the table rarely lies, with the Scots the more threatening visitors t(...)

Isaac Boss steps in as scrumhalf for Leinster in the absence of the injured Eoin Reddan. Photograph: Inpho

Glasgow come to the RDS knowing that at this juncture in the competition it becomes a dog fight for points. Be sure that Joe Schmidt,(...)