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(...)

 Tommy Seymour celebrates after scoring the first try for Scotland against Samoa at St James’ Park. Scotland won 36-33. Photograph: Lee Smith/Livepic/Reuters

The view on Scotland from London runs from to lucky-to-be -here to bleak. Condemned they sit in the ante room of Surrey Sports Park, waiting for the t(...)

Scotland’s Greig Laidlaw celebrates scoring a late try to see his team past Samoa in their World Cup Pool A match at St James’ Park. Photo: Neill Roddis/PA

Samoa 33 Scotland 36 Scotland stumbled into the World Cup quarter-finals but only after a nerve-shredding 36-33 win over Samoa in Newcastle. The Pacif(...)

  South Africa beat South Africa at St James’ Park stadium in Newcastle to remain on track for a place in the last eight. Photograph: EPA

South Africa 34 Scotland 16 South Africa held their nerve to outmuscle Scotland 34-16 in a heart-stopping Pool B match on Saturday and keep the(...)

Scotland coach Vern Cotter has made 10 changes to his side ahead of Sunday’s Pool B clash with USA. Photograph: PA

Henry Pyrgos will lead out Scotland at Elland Road for Sunday’s World Cup clash with the United States after the Dark Blues made 10 changes to their s(...)

France’s winger Noa Nakaitaci scores the winning try for  France in their World Cup warm-up match against Scotland at the Stade de France on Saturday. Photograph:  Loic Venanceloic Venance/ AFP/Getty Images

Vern Cotter backed his team’s decision not to take the penalty that would have handed them a draw in Paris. The Scots were left chasing a result again(...)

Stuart Hogg beats the tackles of Munster’s Felix Jones and Dave Kilcoyne to set up Glasgow’s third try. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/INPHO.

No one could begrudge Glasgow this triumph. This was the culmination of four years contesting the knock-out stages, and whereas Munster were completin(...)

Connacht prop  Denis Buckley has been named in the Guinness Pro12 Dream Team of the season. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Seven players from Irish provinces have made the Guinness Pro 12 Dream Team of the season, but there’s no place for any Leinster player after they (...)

Connacht’s Aly Muldowney tries to evade  Adam Ashe of Glasgow Warriors at the Showgrounds.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Connacht 13 Glasgow 31 Pat Lam promises his under-pressure Connacht will finish the Guinness Pro 12 season with their pride intact as they seek(...)

Connacht centre Bundee Aki is tackled by Glasgow’s  Finn Russell and Peter Horne during the Guinness Pro 12 game  at the Sportsground in Galway. Photo:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Connacht 13 Glasgow Warriors 31Connacht’s hopes of claiming a top six position in the Guinness Pro 12 suffered a blow at the Sportsground on Saturday (...)