Coach  Vern Cotter accepted the blame for Scotland’s defeat to Italy in the Six Nations match at Murrayfield. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Scotland head coach Vern Cotter concedes his “message” is not getting through to his players after watching them crash to their third Six Nations def(...)

 Giovanbattista Venditti scores Italy’s second try  during the Six Nations match at Murrayfield. Photograph: Giuseppe Fama/Inpho

Scotland 19 Italy 22Scotland are staring at their fourth Wooden Spoon in 11 years after their late collapse handed Italy a dramatic victory at Murrayf(...)

Peter Horne will  replace suspended outhalf Finn Russell for Scotland’s Six Nations match against Italy today. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Inpho.

Scotland against Italy has become the perennial battle to avoid the Six Nations’ wooden spoon. Only once since 2008 have the two sides not finished fi(...)

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(...)

Sale scrumhalf Chris Cussiter returns for Scoland against Italy along with four other squad additions. Photograph: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Vern Cotter has reinforced his Scotland RBS Six Nations squad by calling up five further players ahead of Saturday’s match against Italy, Scottish Rug(...)

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(...)

Scotland outhalf Finn Russell will need to be pivotal against Wales on Sunday if they are to recover from last week’s defeat in Paris. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Two teams face each other at Murrayfield on Sunday on the back of opening-round defeats, but there is a marked difference in their psyches.Scotland h(...)

Camille Lopez kicked 15 points as France ground out a 15-8 win over Scotland at the Stade De France. (Photograph: INPHO/Billy Stickland)

France 15 Scotland 8 France looked set for a difficult Six Nations campaign after labouring to a 15-8 home win against Scotland in their openin(...)

Johnny Sexton talks Racing Métro, ‘Charlie Hebdo’, fatherhood, goal-kicking and going to the Louvre to “spend 40 quid on two coffees”. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

He’s home and in Ireland camp for three weeks for a targeted comeback in round two at home to France. He’s also coming home with a four-year deal to p(...)