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 Australia’s Bernard Foley  landed three of just six points conceded due to  Ireland penalties in recent Tests. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Ireland’s discipline in the two Tests against New Zealand and one against Australia was remarkable by any yardstick. They conceded just 11 penalties o(...)

Scotland’s Stuart Hogg scores his team’s sixth try. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters

Scotland 43 Georgia 16 Scotland ran in six tries as they rounded off their autumn series with a crushing 43-16 win over Georgia at Rugby Park. In(...)

Scotland’s Greig Laidlaw prepares to take a penalty kick at the BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. Photograph: PA

Scotland 19 Argentina 16 A last-gasp penalty by Greig Laidlaw gave Scotland a 19-16 win over Argentina in a fierce test match on Saturday between two(...)

Magnus Bradbury: Edinburgh flanker will make his Scotland debut against Argentina. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Incoming Scotland coach Gregor Townsend, who takes over next summer, could be left with a nasty hangover of the Vern Cotter era should Scotland lose (...)

Greig Laidlaw, captain of Scotland takes part in the Captain’s Run at Murrayfield Stadium. Photograph:  Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Scotland will need no extra motivation for their meeting with Australia at Murrayfield on Saturday afternoon but the circumstances of that World Cup q(...)

 Greig Laidlaw: “We need to be real tight in our defence, real tight in our driving maul and our forward play so we are not giving away cheap points.”  Photograph:  Michael Steele/Getty Images

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw aims to take inspiration from their ultimately agonising World Cup quarter-final against Australia while blocking out t(...)

Frans Steyn of Montpellier is tackled by Teimana Harrison of Northampton Saints during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Northampton Saints and Montpellier at Franklin’s Gardens in Northampton, England. Photo: Tony Marshall/Getty Images

The deep-rooted and potentially unsolvable problem facing Springbok rugby is clear for all to see at Montpellier Hérault. There are 12 South Africans(...)

Toulouse scrumhalf Jean-Marc Doussain gets his box-kick away against Clermont last week. Connacht face Toulouse this weekend, while Ulster will meet Clermont in back-to-back matches in December. photograph: Thierry Zoccolan/AFP Photo/Getty Images

Here come the French. The renewal of Euro hostilities pits the four provinces against six of the seven French entries in this season’s Champions Cup, (...)

Warren Gatland has again been confirmed as the British and Irish Lions head coach. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Warren Gatland has been confirmed as the British and Irish Lions coach again for next year’s daunting tour to New Zealand. Unveiled in a press confe(...)

Warren Gatland masterminded the successful Lions tour of 2013. He is set to lead the side again in New Zealand next year. Photograph: Inpho

Warren Gatland was finally and formally unveiled as the British and Irish Lions coach again in Edinburgh on Tuesday afternoon for next year’s da(...)

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