There will be no winding up of England captain Dylan Hartley at Murrayfield, according to Scotland’s resource coach Nathan Hines. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images.

Scotland v England, Murrayfield, Saturday, 4.50pm RTÉ 2, BBC 1 Eddie Jones has been talking a relentlessly good game all week but, on the eve of th(...)

John Barclay starts for Scotland in their Calcutta Cup clash with England. Photograph: Getty

John Barclay will make his first Six Nations appearance in four years when he lines up for Scotland against England at Murrayfield on Saturday. The S(...)

Connacht’s Ultan Dillane attempts to go past Ulster’s Luke Marshall: Dillane is back in Connacht’s starting line-up for clash with Scarlets. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Although Scarlets are on top of the league table, both sides have lost their last three matches and are in danger of falling into a losing streak sce(...)

Leinster’s Dominic Ryan is tackled by Michael Tagicakibau of Scarlets during the Guinness Pro 12 game at the RDS. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster 19 Scarlets 15 A beautifully mild night and not a breath of wind in the RDS warmed a thin enough crowd behind the goals in Dublin’s Ba(...)

 Ulster’s Peter Nelson: went well in the victory over the Ospreys though a groin niggle meant Stuart McCloskey took the placekicks, Photograph: Inpho

Despite the fairly emphatic nature of their 28-6 bonus point thumping of the Ospreys in last weekend’s Pro12 opener, in Belfast, Ulster know they h(...)

 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(...)

 Greig Laidlaw Scotland captain converts his kick after Sean Lamont’s try against Italy at  at Murrayfield Stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

Scotland ran in six tries to overwhelm Italy 48-7 in a one-sided World Cup warm-up game at Murrayfield on Saturday. Wingers Sean Lamont and Tim Visse(...)

Sean Lamont slides over for a score during Scotland’s 48-7 Rugby World Cup warm-up win over Italy at Murrayfield. Photograph: PA

Scotland 48 Italy 7 Scotland finally injected some momentum into their World Cup preparations as they followed up last week’s win over Italy with a 48(...)

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

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

Scarlets 32 Connacht 14Connacht’s top six qualification hopes were give a sobering shake-up when they were comprehensively outgunned by fellow hopeful(...)