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(...)

Scotland’s Grant Gilchrist is tackled by Ireland’s Mike Ross and Ian Madigan. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Grant Gilchrist will finally get the chance to lead out Scotland when they face Italy in Turin on Saturday. The giant Edinburgh lock has been named sk(...)

Scotland’s Peter Horne is one of four changes to the Scotland team which faces Italy. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Inpho

Glasgow’s Peter Horne has been given the nod to replace suspended outhalf Finn Russell for Scotland’s RBS Six Nations clash with Italy on Saturday.Rus(...)

 Johnny Sexton temporarily leaves the field with a blood injury against France in the Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Eric Luke

Jonathan Sexton will play for Racing Metro 92 in their Top14 clash with Clermont Auvergne on Saturday night. Despite sporting six stitches in a gash o(...)

Scotland lock Richie Gray has been ruled out of the rest of the Six Nations with an arm injury. (Photograph: Ian MacNicol/AFP/Getty Images)

Scotland have been hit with a fresh injury blow after lock Richie Gray was told his Six Nations Championship is over.The Castres forward suffered an u(...)

Wales’ Jonathan Davies runs through to score a try against Scotland during the  Six Nations match at  Murrayfield. Photograph:  Owen Humphreys/PA

Scotland 23 Wales 26Wales claimed an eighth successive victory over Scotland as they revived their Six Nations title hopes following a thrilling win a(...)

Fergus McFadden tries to offload to a team-mate as Castres’ Scottish lock Richie Gray arrives to wrap him up in a tackle. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Finally, Leinster show their true selves. Maybe it was the return of Fergus McFadden or the superb showing by Jordi Murphy or just a collective bloody(...)

Seán Cronin goes over to score Leinster’s fourth try in the European Champions Cup match against Castres at the RDS. Photograph:   Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Leinster 50 Castres 8No worries, Leinster are the only Irish province still breathing European Champions Cup oxygen. The grumblers, whose din had been(...)

Australia’s exciting talent Israel Folau is tackled by Ireland’s Luke Marshall during last season’s 32-15 defeat at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho i

On one level it might look as if Ireland have missed a trick. Whereas England and Wales will each host four Tests in this last November window before (...)

Wales lock Alun Wyn Jones . Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Alun Wyn Jones is unsure as to whether Wales’ British and Irish Lions stars can use fatigue as an excuse for their below-par Six Nations campai(...)