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Analysis: Barclay’s Breakdown Influence

Jamie Lyall takes a look at the impact John Barclay had in defence and at the breakdown when he was brought on against Japan in last week’s win, and gives his thoughts on how crucial his role is to any success in Sunday’s Springbok showdown.

Our Scotland XV: Back Row

Cameron Black continues our series looking at Scotland’s selection options with what Scott Johnson claims is a bit of problem area, the back row…The problem must be fitting them in!

Scotland 30-29 Italy

Rory Baldwin takes in the last match of Scotland’s summer tour against old foes Italy. It would be a close run thing, as usual.

Jon Welsh To Miss Rest Of Tour

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Tour injury update: Jon Welsh is to be sent home after sustaining a shoulder injury. News on the rest of the squad too.

Australia 6-9 Scotland

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Scotland went in unheralded by many, and came away with their first away win in Australia in 30 years.

Scotland Injury Update

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Scotland’s blindside flanker Alasdair Strokosch could miss the remainder of the RBS 6 Nations Championship on account of an injury he sustained in yesterday’s international against Wales in Cardiff, while Max Evans is also a worry.

World Cup Squad Preview: Forwards

As Rory has chosen to focus on the backs he has left me with the slightly easier task of looking at the forwards. The reason this is easier is because Andy Robinson has a pretty samey starting pack and, barring injury, I can’t imagine it will change too much for the first game in the […]

Big Stroker Ticked Off The List

Al “The Big Stroker” Strokosch has had to withdraw from Scotlands Autumn Internationals squad following an injury to his knee at the weekend.

Stroker Out

Alisdair Strokosch will miss the Six Nations opener against France on Sunday having failed to recover in time from an ankle injury. His place in the team will probably be taken by in-form Kelly Brown given Jason White is also currently injured. This might affect the bench though, as Brown is pretty versatile whereas the […]

Who’s Carrying the Ball?

Edinburgh got a well deserved if unspectacular win at home to Munster on Friday while Glasgow laboured in the second half but eventually secured the expected four-try bonus point against Connacht, putting the Scottish teams at third and fourth in the league table. Sean Lineen has been asserting everywhere he can that Thom Evans is […]

Odds and Sods and Lions Centres

After all the excitement of yesterday evening, tonight Edinburgh take on Cardiff at Murrayfield tonight (not on TV, but probably on BBC Radio Scotland along with a lively debate about future Scotland coaches from 8pm), while Glasgow visit Llanelli live on S4C on Saturday at 5.30pm ish with a few more of their internationals back. […]

So That’s The End of That, Then

Another year, another pretty miserable Six Nations for Scotland. Our celtic cousins over the sea celebrate their shiny new Grand Slam – created out of gritty Munster-like determination (and a missed penalty) rather than any sort of fantastic rugby – and those in Wales cry into their Brains after slumping to fourth in the table […]

Hot Potato – Scotland Drop The Ball Against France

With two weeks to go until the next round of Six Nations games, we Scotland fans now have a short while to sit back and gather our thoughts. So with that in mind, here are some freshly gathered ones. Frank Hadden has asserted that Scotland will “make an impact” in this tournament, although it remains […]

My Scotland Team Set for “Glory”

This would be the team I announce tomorrow, and here’s why: 15 – Chris Paterson. This was trickier than I thought, which is a good thing. Hugo has been on fire recently, but before the recent rib injury, so was Mossy. Frank Hadden is looking for maturity of decision making from this team, having identified […]

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