# Scotland

Last month
March 2023
# Selection
Ben Healy named on Scotland bench for final Six Nations clash with Italy
The Munster out-half from Tipperary qualifies for Scotland through his grandmother.
# Update
Scotland duo Hogg and Russell to miss Italy clash
Munster’s Ben Healy could now be in line for a Six Nations debut.
# Take a Bow
'We really clicked' - Praise for Ireland U20s after thrashing Scotland
However, Richie Murphy knows there is a sterner challenge coming next week when they face England.
# Comment
Townsend has built his strongest Scotland side yet but future remains uncertain
The Scotland head coach could be nearing the end of his tenure just as his team appear to be on the rise.
# main man
Iain Henderson on Ireland's plan to contain Finn Russell
The Ireland lock feels Gregor Townsend’s team are playing a more exciting brand of rugby this year.
# Bad Note
'It was comical but infuriating' - O'Mahony on slow Ireland's Call before Italy clash
The anthem was played a slow pace before Ireland’s bonus-point win in Rome.
This year
# finntastic
Finn Russell shines as Scotland turn on the style to hammer Wales
Scotland scored 22 points without reply in the second half at Murrayfield.
# Criticism
Eddie Jones: Steve Borthwick right to say England weren’t good at anything
The coach was sacked after presiding over a dire 2022.
# big calls
Wales drop Alun Wyn Jones, Justin Tipuric and Taulupe Faletau for Scotland clash
The trio boast 342 caps and 18 Lions Test appearances between them.
# Must do better
Borthwick says England team he inherited 'weren't good at anything'
The coach’s reign got underway with a Calcutta Cup defeat to Scotland at Twickenham.
# Great Scots
Van der Merwe's late try sees Scotland beat England in Six Nations thriller
Gregor Townsend’s team held out to record a third successive win over England for the first time since 1972.
# New Addition
Townsend reveals Cooney talks and backs Healy to deliver for Scotland
The Munster out-half could debut for Scotland in the Six Nations.
# High hopes
'We feel he’s got Test match ability' - Scotland boss Townsend happy to have Healy on board
The Munster player was named in Scotland’s 40-man Six Nations squad on Tuesday.
Last year
# Race Against Time
Scotland winger faces Six Nations doubt after picking up injury against Munster
The Edinburgh flyer suffered medial ligament damage during his club’s defeat to the Irish province.
Scottish rugby legend Doddie Weir dies aged 52
The former international had been previously diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.
# response
Russell says Scotland omission 'good for him' after starring role in Racing win
The 30-year-old kicked 18 points and laid on two tries as the Parisians beat Montpellier 38-31.
# decision
Finn Russell left out of Scotland squad for Autumn Nations series
Jamie Ritchie will take over the captaincy for Gregor Townsend’s side.
# all to play for
Scotland run in 4 tries to level series against Argentina
The climactic match will take place next Saturday.
# Good start
Argentina give Cheika debut victory over Scotland
Tries from Jeronimo de la Fuente and replacement Santiago Carreras in a dominant first half set the Pumas on their way.
# starting XV
Monaghan returns and debut for Irwin at fullback as Ireland's team to face Scotland is named
Greg McWilliams’ side end this year’s campaign at Kingspan Stadium on Saturday night.
Former Scotland and Lions prop Tom Smith dies aged 50
The former player was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer in November 2019.
# hogg
'I think he’s going to find it very hard to hold on to the captaincy'
Former Scotland out-half Craig Chalmers believes Stuart Hogg has captained his country for the last time.
# out of 10
How did you rate Ireland in their win over Scotland?
Andy Farrell’s side recorded a bonus-point win against a stubborn Scottish side in Dublin.
# Super Mac
'I just thought I’m going to give it everything I've got, and play my style of footie'
Mack Hansen was worried about how he would adapt to international rugby, but the winger ‘has loved every second’ of his time in Ireland camp.
# Progress
Farrell hopes the best is yet to come as Ireland close in on Triple Crown
Ireland are looking to win their first silverware under Andy Farrell when they host Scotland on Saturday.
# Keeping The Faith
'I don’t think there’s any part of Faz that will be like – ‘Don’t throw those passes’'
Iain Henderson explains how Ireland have attempted to address their high handling error count against England last weekend.
# les rosbifs
'England could give it a good rattle in Paris. Ireland will be sitting back hoping for the best'
On last night’s live recording of The Front Row in partnership with Guinness, our guests looked ahead to a huge weekend of international rugby.
# Underdogs
'They’ve no championship to play for, but that’s when they can be at their most dangerous'
Johnny Sexton says memories of 2010 will warn Ireland against complacency as they prepare to face Scotland this weekend.
# William Hill
Ireland to sign off on a high: Talking points ahead of Saturday's Six Nations clash
At home to Scotland, Andy Farrell’s men can make it four wins from five this year to put the pressure on Grand Slam-chasing France.
# Setback
Scotland's Hamish Watson out of France match with Covid-19
Two members of the Scotland backroom team have also tested positive.
# Talking the Talk
Wales captain Biggar warns the pressure is on Scotland ahead of Six Nations clash
Scotland beat England last weekend but haven’t won in Cardiff for 20 years.
# Line-up
Wales make four changes after Ireland loss as Scotland's visit looms
The sides will square off in Cardiff on Saturday afternoon.
# back off
'My opinion is the only one that counts' - Jones has no regrets over taking off Smith
The England out-half was replaced by George Ford in the latter stages of their Calcutta Cup defeat to Scotland.
# appreciation
'We've been able to absorb pressure for a long time' - Hogg salutes gutsy Scotland
Scotland came from behind to beat England 20-17 in their Six Nations opener.
# Announcement
Townsend includes five uncapped players in Scotland's Six Nations squad
Saracens back-rower Andy Christie and London Irish scrum-half Ben White are two of the new faces.
All time
# difference maker
Mapimpi at the double as Springboks down Scotland
The hosts had led 10-8 at the break.
# Joy
Ashman's debut try helps Scotland edge Australia
They ended the Wallabies’ five-match winning streak.
# One Way Traffic
Kyle Steyn registers four tries as Scotland hammer Tonga
Gregor Townsend’s side thrived in their first match in front of supporters since March 2020.
Former Scotland and Lions prop Sandy Carmichael dies aged 77
Carmichael once famously finished a game despite fracturing his cheekbone in five places.
# summer holidays
Scotland's trip to Georgia called off following Covid-19 outbreak
The teams had been due to meet in Tbilisi on 17 July.