John Barclay

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Sean Maitland  scores Scotland’s third try during the  Six Nations match against  Italy  at Stadio Olimpico  in Rome. Photograph: Paolo Bruno/Getty Images

Italy 27 Scotland 29 Greig Laidlaw’s last-gasp penalty ensured Scotland avoided a final-day slip-up as they edged out Italy 29-27 in Rome. Victory e(...)

CJ Stander claims a lineout ball against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium.  Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Young Rory Best was on the bench. Master Rob Kearney was at fullback. Some of this Irish team were doing Junior Cert, togging out for the club U-16s t(...)

Scotland’s Ryan Wilson and man of the match, Ireland’s Rob Kearney, contest an aerial ball during the Six Nations clash at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpo ane

Ireland 28 Scotland 8 Ireland don’t do penultimate legs of potential Grand Slams particularly well. History has shown us that. Players are not r(...)

Scotland’s Blair Kinghorn scores their  try despite the  tackle of Ireland’s Garry Ringrose during the Six Nations  match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

Scotland’s generosity with their final pass saw to it that Ireland’s job of setting up a Grand Slam day in Twickenham next week was more easily prosec(...)

Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale scores one of his two  tries during the  Six Nations match against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ireland 28 Scotland 8 So it’s come to this. Ireland can almost reach out and touch it, the Six Nations trophy that is, and for the first time will ha(...)

The consistently high performance of the Irish scrum has been a revelation. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There are many eternal truths in rugby. The first is that ‘forwards win matches, backs decide by how much’. While Jonny Sexton’s Parisian drop goal (...)

Ireland’s Tadhg Furlong (centre) during the captain’s run at The Aviva Stadium,

Ireland v Scotland, Aviva Stadium. Kick-off: 2.15pm. (On TV: Live on TV3/UTV/ITV)  Even with another early afternoon kick-off, and more forecas(...)

John Barclay on the charge against England. Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

Dan Leavy may find a cautionary tale in the man seeking to stoop under his arching frame. John Barclay was the golden child – brought into Scottish tr(...)

Scotland’s Sean Maitland is tackled by England’s George Ford.  The Scots  like to play a high-tempo game, quick throws and tap penalties and on turnover ball, look to exploit any space out wide.Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

To paraphrase John Cleese’s character in the film Clockwise, “it’s not the despair. I can take the despair. It’s the hope I can’t stand”. It seems a (...)

 Stuart Hogg of Scotland reacts at the final whistle of the Calcutta Cup win over England at Murrayfield. Photograph: Robert Perry/EPA

Gregor Townsend revealed he has held one-on-one talks with his Scotland players in a bid to cure their acute bout of travel sickness. Back-to-back wi(...)

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