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(...)

Sean Lamont slides over for a score during Scotland’s 48-7 Rugby World Cup warm-up win over Italy at Murrayfield. Photograph: PA

Scotland 48 Italy 7 Scotland finally injected some momentum into their World Cup preparations as they followed up last week’s win over Italy with a 48(...)

 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 (...)

Scotland’s Sean Lamont is the only player to retain his place after last weekend’s win over Italy. Photograph: Getty Images

John Barclay will make his first Scotland start since November 2013 after being named in the team to face Italy in Saturday’s third World Cup warm-(...)

Vern Cotter has cut seven players from Scotland’s Rugby World Cup training squad. Photograph: Getty

Scotland head coach Vern Cotter has released seven players from an extended training squad ahead of next month’s World Cup. Five Edinburgh players — w(...)

Peter Horne celebrates with Scotland team mate Damien Hoyland during the Rugby World Cup warm up win against Italy. Photograph: Getty Images

Italy 12 Scotland 16 Scotland finally brought their eight-month wait for a win to an end as they edged a drab affair against Italy in Turin wit(...)

Scotland have made 11 changes to the team which lost to Scotland for their match with Italy. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Uncapped trio John Hardie, Rory Hughes and Stuart McInally will start for Scotland in their World Cup warm-up against Italy on Saturday, the Scotti(...)

Scotland’s Grant Gilchrist is tackled by Ireland’s Mike Ross and Ian Madigan. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Grant Gilchrist will finally get the chance to lead out Scotland when they face Italy in Turin on Saturday. The giant Edinburgh lock has been named sk(...)

No new injury concerns for the Irish squad after the Scotland victory on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Joe Schmidt’s squad emerged from Saturday’s game against Scotland with no injury concerns and with a week’s rest before facing Wales in their return t(...)

Vern Cotter: extended his contract and will now guide Scotland’s fortunes until June, 2017. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Although there was only one coveted Bouclier de Brennus in his time with Clermont, perhaps Vern Cotter’s greatest achievement was to last eight years (...)