John Barclay

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Jamie Ritchie is tackled by Seán O’Brien and Conor Murray during last year’s Six Nations game at Murrayfield. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Maybe Jim Telfer is mellowing with age – after all, he’ll be 80 on St Patrick’s Day – but when the old sage speaks about the dog in Jamie Ritchie he d(...)

Gregor Townsend and his new Scotland captain Stuart Hogg. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Overview To say things didn’t go to plan for Scotland at the World Cup would be an understatement. Their opening fixture against Ireland was framed a(...)

Stuart Hogg has been appointed as the new Scotland captain. Photograph: Getty Images

Stuart Hogg has been appointed as the new Scotland captain for the Six Nations, the Scottish Rugby Union has announced. The Exeter fullback takes ove(...)

John Barclay has announced his international retirement. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Former Scotland captain John Barclay has announced his retirement from international rugby. The 33-year-old flanker won 76 caps for his country durin(...)

Darcy Graham is the only Scotland player to retain their place in the starting XV for their clash with Russia. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Gregor Townsend’s eyes turned to a likely quarter-final decider against Japan on Sunday with the selection of his Scotland team to play Russia in thei(...)

Stuart Hogg starts for Scotland against Ireland on Sunday. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty

Gregor Townsend has opted to name an experienced line-up ahead of Scotland’s World Cup opener against Ireland. Skipper Stuart McInally will lead out (...)

Ulster coach Dan McFarland worked with the Scotland forwards under Gregor Townsend. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Dan McFarland’s intimate knowledge of the inner workings of Scottish rugby was accumulated during his time as assistant coach to Gregor Townsend at th(...)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt, scrum coach Greg Feek and defence coach Andy Farrell at a training session in Ichihara Suporeku Park, Tokyo. Photograph: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Joe Schmidt and the Irish coaches have rarely had the welcome dilemma of choosing from a full deck in midfield, but in the anticipated absence of Robb(...)

Secondrow Jonny Gray  has returned from a hamstring injury and will play for Scotland against Georgia on Friday night. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Gregor Townsend has wrapped a number of his key men up in cotton wool after leaving them out of Scotland’s World Cup send-off with Georgia at Murrayfi(...)

Joe Schmidt: “We’re going to have to be cleaner than clean.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Joe Schmidt assuredly spoke for many coaches yesterday when airing his concerns over the heightened risk of losing players to yellow or red cards, and(...)

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