Vern Cotter

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There is an air of optimism around Scotland that they can pull something off in this year’s Six Nation. Photo: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Reading through the Scottish media’s pre-Six Nations coverage there’s an optimistic mood around the rugby team and a quiet air of confidence that the(...)

Scotland head coach Vern Cotter has revealed the XV that will face Ireland this weekend. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Glasgow hooker Fraser Brown has been given the nod to start in place of centurion Ross Ford for Scotland’s opening Six Nations clash with Ireland. Ed(...)

Finn Russell is the outhalf Scotland have been lacking for a number of years, and is vital to their Six Nations hopes. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty

I never lost a test match at Murrayfield, but I always wondered if Scotland ever got themselves a genuine Test standard outhalf would results down th(...)

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw has said his side will target Conor Murray at Murrayfield on Saturday. Photograph: Getty/ Kieran Galvin

Scotland skipper Greig Laidlaw has warned Conor Murray to expect another frosty welcome when he runs out at Murrayfield this Saturday. The build-up t(...)

Vern Cotter: “Will having them in the first game at BT Murrayfield give us a lift going into the game? Yes, I think it will.” Photograph:  Jane Barlow/PA

This will be Scotland’s third and last Six Nations under Vern Cotter. Despite what appears to have been a steadily upward graph in his tenure, last A(...)

Vern Cotter: will leave Scotland in a better position than when he took over. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Prospects The players must push to the periphery the fact that their coach is leaving at the end of the season and concentrate on the matters in ha(...)

 Captains Sergio Parisse of Italy, Guilhem Guirado of France, Rory Best of Ireland, Niamh Briggs of Ireland, Gaelle Mignot of France and Sara Barrattin of Italy at the launch of the 2017 RBS Six Nations Championship. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland entered last season’s Six Nations as back-to-back reigning champions, yet in recognising the World Cup fallout and a first championship since (...)

 Keith Earls in action for the British and Irish Lions in 2009. The Munster man did not feature in the preceding Six Nations tournament for Ireland. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Keith Earls and Alan Quinlan share a unique distinction pertaining to the 2009 Lions tour to South Africa in that of the original 37-man squad select(...)

Greig Laidlaw and Rory Best pose for photographers next to the Six Nations Trophy during the 2017 RBS Six Nations rugby tournament launch at The Hurlingham Club in London. Photo: EPA

Greig Laidlaw insists the “great weapon” of Scotland’s attacking game can generate the nation’s best Test side in a generation. Captain Laidlaw belie(...)

Montpellier head coach Jake White celebrates winning last year’s  Challenge Cup: he will be replaced by Scotland coach Vern Cotter. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Last September it was announced that current Scotland coach Vern Cotter would take over from Montpellier coach Jake White for the 2017-18 season. In (...)

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