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 (...)

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(...)

Keith Earls scored one of Munster’s five tries against Edinburgh. Photograph: Inpho

Edinburgh 3 Munster 34Munster closed the gap on Guinness PRO12 leaders Glasgow with a 34-3 victory in a one-sided game against Edinburgh at Murrayfiel(...)

Scotland’s Stuart Hogg in action against England at Twickenham Stadium. Hogg is a  potential match winner for Scotland with his ability to break. Photograph: Getty Images

Scotland 15 Stuart Hogg Age: 24 Height: 1.80m (5’11”) Weight: 83kg (13st 1lb) Caps: 31 Tries: 9 A potential match winner for Scotland. Ability to brea(...)

  Stuart Hogg of Scotland scores a try against Tonga during the autumn test international match at Rugby Park   in Kilmarnock, Scotland. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Scotland 32 Tonga 12Scotland rounded of 2014 with another hugely encouraging display as they swept five tries past Tonga in a 37-12 win at Kilmarnock’(...)

 Ben Te’o will debut against Edinburgh on Friday.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan / Inpho

Kevin McLaughlin returns from injury to lead Leinster out against Edinburgh at the RDS on Friday night, while new recruit Ben Te’o will debut at outsi(...)

France’s Yoann Huget goes over for his try in the Six Nations clash against Scotland at Murrayfield. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Scotland 17 France 19: Scotland suffered last-gasp heartache as France snatched a(...)

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(...)