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(...)

 Glasgow and Scotland flanker  Ryan Wilson has been suspended for three months without pay after being convicted of assault, the Scottish Rugby Union has announced.  Photograph: David Davies/PA

Glasgow flanker Ryan Wilson has been suspended without pay for three months after being found guilty of assault.But the 25-year-old has been allowed t(...)

Ryan Grant joins the Scotland in training camp today. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Glasgow prop Ryan Grant has been recalled to Scotland’s RBS 6 Nations squad after being acquitted of an assault charge. The former British and Irish L(...)

 Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend. Photograph: Dan Sheridan / Inpho

The Stuart Hogg situation needed clearing up ahead of tomorrow’s Pro 12 final and Glasgow Warriors coach Gregor Townsend did just that.Hogg, Scotland’(...)

“It’s three years we’ve been building towards this. Everything is in place; it’s our task to get the job done,” said Ryan Grant of Glasgow Warriors during the week. Photograph:  Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Tonight at Scotstoun the Glasgow Warriors have an opportunity to pen a happier ending to a frustrating tale of woe in this play-off phase of the RaboD(...)

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 (...)

 Mike Ross (scrum cap) had a ding-dong scrummaging battle against  Glasgow Warrior
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s loosehead Ryan Grant last weekend. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Inpho

Pace, power and precision were what impressed me in Dublin’s match-winning performance. Although heavily reliant on the hand pass their kick pass prec(...)

Australia coach Robbie Deans

Australia coach Robbie Deans has given James O’Connor another chance at outhalf and promoted Kurtley Beale to starting fullback for the Wallabies’ mus(...)