# Scotland

This week
26th March 2023 - 31st March 2023
# Super Scots
Scott McTominay at the double again as Scotland stun Spain to top Group A
Steve Clarke’s side made it two wins from two in front of a roaring Hampden Park.
Explainer: Who is Humza Yousaf, the new leader of Scotland's ruling party?
Here’s everything you need to know about the soon-to-be First Minister.
# First Minister
Humza Yousaf promises to bring 'independence for Scotland' as he's elected SNP leader in tight vote
Nicola Sturgeon announced in February that she would resign after more than eight years.
Last week
19th March 2023 - 25th March 2023
# leith
33 people injured after ship tips sideways in 'horrific' accident at Scottish drydock
The incident happened at the Imperial Dock in Leith at around 8.35am.
# minimum unit pricing
Minimum unit pricing led to 13% fall in alcohol-related deaths in Scotland
Scotland still allows alcohol to be sold for cheaper than Ireland’s minimum unit price policy.
Last month
March 2023
# Scotland
Leaders Celtic leave it late to see off 10-man Hibernian
Oh Hyeon-gyu put them 2-1 up with nine minutes left and Sead Haksabanovic added a third in stoppag
# fitting finish
Kinghorn runs in hat-trick as Scotland round out Six Nations with Italy win
Ben Healy made his Scotland debut in a 26-14 victory that was less comfortable than the score suggests.
# Analysis
'I don’t think we over-rely on going through 10 now' - Sexton on Ireland's attack
Andy Farrell’s team is more unpredictable because Sexton isn’t the only playmaker.
# out of your comfort zone
'Yeah, you’re on the front row. It might seem the same - but it’s very different'
Performances from Cian Healy and Josh van der Flier were praised on Rugby Weekly Extra.
# Match Report
Ireland beat Scotland in Six Nations game to bring Grand Slam bid back to Dublin
Andy Farrell’s men were deeply impressive in the second half against Scotland despite huge adversity.
# adversity
Injury-hit Ireland beat Scotland to bring Grand Slam bid back to Dublin
Andy Farrell’s men were deeply impressive in the second half against Scotland despite huge adversity.
Controversial Kate Forbes leads poll ahead of vote for next leader of Scotland's ruling party
Three contenders are running to succeed Nicola Sturgeon as Scottish First Minister.
# faz
'We warmed-up on the bus and won the game easily. It’s just mentality'
Andy Farrell has impressively guided Ireland to within sight of a Grand Slam.
# Postcard
How many Ireland players would get into the Scotland team?
Murray Kinsella checks in from Edinburgh ahead of tomorrow’s Six Nations clash.
# Praise
'Ireland fool me all the time' - Scottish centurion Hogg hails Farrell's side
The 30-year-old will become the fourth Scottish player to reach the 100-cap mark.
# Team news
Stuart Hogg to make 100th appearance for Scotland in showdown with Ireland
Gregor Townsend makes two changes from team which lost to France.
# Talking Points
Murray starts at scrum-half, Ringrose's defence, Aki gets the nod at 12
Tighthead prop Furlong’s return is timely.
# Team news
Sexton, Ringrose, and Furlong start for Ireland against Scotland in Six Nations
Robbie Henshaw and Jamison Gibson-Park are also back on the Irish bench.
# Team news
Sexton, Ringrose, and Furlong start for Ireland against Scotland
Robbie Henshaw and Jamison Gibson-Park are also back on the Irish bench.
# johnny
'It’s about embracing it... Where else would you rather be?'
Johnny Sexton wants Ireland to understand that Grand Slam chances are few and far between.
# Possible Team
Farrell set to welcome Ireland's big guns back for Scotland trip
Sexton, Ringrose, Furlong, Gibson-Park, and Henshaw are all expected to feature.
# Threat
Analysis: How in-form centres add new dynamic to Scotland's attack
Ireland will be primed for the threat posed by Huw Jones and Sione Tuipulotu.
# Legend
Scotland are 'a different animal nowadays,' warns Seán O'Brien
The Leinster contact skills coach believes Ireland can handle the mental challenge.
# Rugby
3 talking points ahead of Ireland's Six Nations showdown with Scotland
The teams clash in Edinburgh on 12 March.
# Paulie
'The harder it is, the better... I was happy Atonio wasn’t sent off'
Ireland forwards coach Paul O’Connell is a huge influence behind the scenes.
# Scotland
Man who posted on social media about assassination of Nicola Sturgeon to be sentenced today
William Curtis, 70, was found guilty of sending threatening messages to Sturgeon after a trial at the High Court in Glasgow.
This year
# Allez les Bleus
Ramos grabs 17 points as Scotland's Grand Slam hopes dashed by France
Scotland lost for the first time in the Championship this season after a 33-21 defeat to France.
# Scotland
Poll shows controversial Scottish political candidate front runner for leadership among voters
Despite the findings of the Panelbase poll the leadership will be decided by SNP members rather than the electorate at large.
# Runners and Riders
Here are the three contenders to become Scotland's first minister
Humza Yousaf, Kate Forbes and Ash Regan are in the running to replace Nicola Sturgeon.
# Leadership Race
Kate Forbes feels 'burdened' by offence caused by religious views but will continue in SNP race
The Scottish Finance Secretary came under fire after she said she would not have voted for equal marriage.
# Kate Forbes
SNP leadership hopeful still running ‘at the moment’ amid controversy over religious views
Kate Forbes, running to be the leader of the SNP, attracted criticism after she said she would not have voted for same sex marriage.
# Runners and Riders
Who is in the running to replace Nicola Sturgeon as Scottish First Minister?
Some potential contenders have already made their ambitions clear.
# storm otto
Thousands of homes remain without power in Britain following Storm Otto
Winds as high as 80mph were recorded across parts of north and north east Scotland today.
# Resignation
Nicola Sturgeon resigns as Scotland's first minister
She said she cannot give the role “every ounce of energy that it needs”.
# Mack the Man
Tattoos, family, and self-doubt: Mack Hansen is Ireland's wildcard
Heading into his second Six Nations campaign, Hansen has taken some key lessons on board.
# Ready to go
Scotland unveil side for England clash at Twickenham
WP Nel, the 36-year-old Edinburgh prop, takes over from Fagerson in the number three jersey.
# rugby weekly extra
'You do look at it with a different lens when it's an Irish player'
John Cooney qualifies for Scotland next month and has spoken to Gregor Townsend.
# indyref2
Majority of Scottish people in favour of independence, poll finds
Research for The National found 54% in favour of independence when ‘don’t knows’ were excluded.
# suspended
Scotland wing McLean suspended after pleading guilty to domestic abuse charges
The 22-year-old Glasgow player faced charges at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Wednesday.
# Call-up
Ben Healy named in Scotland's Six Nations squad
Munster out-half qualifies through his grandmother.