Ireland centre Jared Payne scoring an intercept try against Italy at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

While strolling up the Galtee Mountains for a Paddy’s Day march on the 3,009 ft Galtymore, a thought crossed my mind: why are Scotland and Ireland lan(...)

Stuart Hogg and Greig Laidlaw celebrate Scotland’s Six Nations win over France. Photograph: Getty

Scotland 29 France 19 Now we can say at last that Scotland are starting to make progress. Not more than one step, but progress nevertheless. After th(...)

Scotland captain Greg Laidlaw and coach Vern Cotter are looking to avoid a 10th consecutive Six Nations defeat in a row. Photograph: Inpho

Fit-again wing Tim Visser has been handed a Scotland recall as the Dark Blues bid to avoid losing 10 straight Six Nations matches when they face Italy(...)

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(...)

Simon Zebo moves to fullback for Munster’s Guinness Pro 12 trip to play Edinburgh on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster coach Anthony Foley is able to call upon a number of Ireland internationals as they make their first appearance of the season for the provi(...)

Scotland players react after their last gasp World Cup quarter-final defeat to Australia. Photograph: Getty

Australia 35 Scotland 34 Almost every game at this World Cup has provided some memorable thrills and spills but this was up there with the most grippi(...)

Australia’s outhalf Kurtley Beale in action against Wales. Beale did superbly when coming on as an early replacement against England. Photograph: AFP Photo

The preamble has been dominated by suspensions and injuries. Scotland’s appeal of the three-match bans imposed on hooker Ross Ford and secondrow Jo(...)

Scotland will appeal the three-week bans of  lock Jonny Gray (C) and hooker Ross Ford. Photograph: Afp

Scotland will hope to have forwards Jonny Gray and Ross Ford in their team to face Australia in the World Cup quarter-final after confirming they are (...)

Scotland’s back row forward Josh Strauss attends a press conference at the team’s training base at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford. Photograph: Getty Images

Fired-up Scotland forward Josh Strauss has vowed to beat Australia in tribute to banned team-mates Ross Ford and Jonny Gray. The Dark Blues pair were(...)

Team huddle at a Scotland training session ahead of their Rugby World Cup Quarter Final against Australia, at Surrey Sports Park. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Former Scotland international Kenny Logan has described the three-week bans which have ruled hooker Ross Ford and lock Jonny Gray out of the rest of t(...)