Stuart Hogg

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Gregor Townsend: get into where the space is and let the ball-carrier find you; this is a crucial Townsend value where he accepts mistakes to make this happen.  Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA

What I wonder, is Gregor Townsend’s reaction to a mistake? What you measure, you manage but coaches manage mistakes in different ways. What might he (...)

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 (...)

Former Scotland captain Gavin Hastings in Dublin ahead of the match with Ireland on Saturday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

He says England’s Owen Farrell is the best kicker he has seen. Wisely perhaps, he doesn’t compare Scotland’s Greig Laidlaw to Ireland’s Johnny Sexton.(...)

Finn Russell: backed himself in the crucial moments which helped fashion a famous victory over England at Murrayfield. Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

Murrayfield – Scotland 10, England 6 – 30 minutes and 25 seconds are on the clock. Time for some genius. Stuart Hogg’s quick tap on the Scottish 22 h(...)

Jamie Heaslip celebrates following the victory over New Zealand at Soldier’s Field, Chicago in 2016. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

When it comes to analysing Jamie Heaslip’s stellar career, he undoubtedly ranks as one of the great number eights, perhaps even the greatest ever in t(...)

Joe Schmidt of Ireland gives out instructions ahead of the Six Nations win over Wales. Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images

After scoring five tries against Wales, most coaches can afford to take time out to bask in the glory. A bonus point win and the Grand Slam still on f(...)

 Finn Russell has retained his place for the visit of England this weekend. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Gregor Townsend has kept faith with the players that beat France as the Scotland head coach named an unchanged team for Saturday’s Calcutta Cup clash (...)

 Dan Biggar: the outhalf’s return should improve Wales’ aerial game.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The amount of insider information and crossover in coaching methods involving any Ireland-Wales game has only intensified recently given the make-up o(...)

Greig Laidlaw of Scotland kicks a penalty during their Six Nations win over France. Photo: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Scotland 32 France 26 This will hardly have them dreaming of a first championship of the century, but Scotland are back on track at least. They were (...)

Gareth Davies dives over for the first Welsh try against Scotland. Photograph:  Michael Steele/Getty Images

Wales 34 Scotland 7 Wales made a flying start to the Six Nations as they blew Scotland away 34-7 in Cardiff. The Scots, without a win in the Welsh c(...)

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