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Rugby

Two-try Tim Visser determined to make World Cup cut

Wales' Gethin Jenkins is top of the prop charts ahead of World Cup

Captain Ross Curle limped off after seven minutes but it didn't stop Ayr

Glasgow Hawks 3 Ayr 32: Hosts undone by lack of possession

BT Premiership round-up: Currie demolish Stirling County

Selkirk 13 Gala 32: Top-flight newcomers given reality check

Scotland coach Vern Cotter must drop nine players from his squad for the Rugby World Cup. Picture: SNS

Cotter poised to make some close calls in final round of cuts

Neil McCartney, the well-travelled chairman of Orkney RFC

Self-sufficiency is in the DNA of Orcadian rugby

Sean Lamont was all smiles at the end of Scotland's win over Italy, in which he scored two tries. Picture: PA

Scotland 48 Italy 7: Six-try show from slick Scots

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Scotland coach Vern Cotter described his team's six-try win over Italy as "a mixed bag". Picture: SNS

Cotter refuses to get carried away by Scotland win

Israel Dagg lit up the 2011 World Cup but he won't be involved this year

World Cup heroes Israel Dagg and Cory Jane left out of New Zealand squad

Scotland's Grant Gilchrist is waiting to hear his World Cup fate

Grant Gilchrist awaiting Scotland World Cup squad call

Edinburgh's Mike Coman says finishing in the top six is a goal for this season

Guinness Pro12: Much ado but will it be as Scots like it?

Heriot’s capture shield with 28-25 win over Boroughmuir

Premiership round-up

Scotland's Tim Visser and Italy's Michele Campanaro during the World Cup Warm Up Match at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. (Photo: Craig Watson/PA Wire.)

Scotland 48 Italy 7

Scotland's first-choice half-back partnership of Finn Russell (left) and Greig Laidlaw are key to victory this afternoon. Picture: SNS

Stuart Bathgate's Five-Minute Guide to Scotland v Italy

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Assistant coach Nathan Hines hopes the positive aspects of Scotland's last two matches can be combined against Italy today. Picture: SNS

Time for Scotland to turn on the style

Stuart Hogg during a Scotland squad recovery session at St Andrews this week. Picture: SNS

Hogg insists Scotland must aim to win Rugby World Cup

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Alan Solomons was impressed by his team's second friendly win. Picture: SNS

Edinburgh encourage Solomons with fine win

Glasgow's Ryan Wilson, seen here in action against Edinburgh, is back in the Scotland team for the game against Italy on Saturday. Picture: SNS

Wilson back in strong Scots line-up for Italy Test

John Barclay will start for Scotland against Italy on Saturday in a game the SRU are promoting as a beach party. Picture: SNS

Barclay back in the running for World Cup place

Heriot's head coach Phil Smith. Picture: SNS

Date of curtain raiser at Murrayfield leaves Heriots coach scratching his head

Scotland cap Hugh Blake has agreed a two-year deal with Glasgow. Picture: SNS

Blake and Puafisi become Warriors

Ross Ford enjoys the Scotland squad's recovery session at St Andrews on Tuesday. Picture: SNS

Ford makes case for all-Edinburgh front row at World Cup

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Mark Dodson has signed a new five-year deal as chief executive of the SRU. Picture: SNS

Dodson extends stay at top of Scottish Rugby

Chris Paterson takes a conversion during the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia

Chris Paterson: It was vital Scotland ended losing run before World Cup

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Chris Paterson has been involved with Scottish rugby for most of the two decades of professionalism and has seen encouraging signs of late

Chris Paterson says 'we're on the right track' after 20 years of pro rugby

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14 changes for Scotland re-match with Italy

New school leagues part of youth rugby revamp

Greig Laidlaw took part in the Scotland squad's recovery session at St Andrews yesterday. Picture: SNS

Laidlaw heartened by Scotland's improvement

Greig Laidlaw will captain Scotland in their home game against Italy on Saturday. Picture: SNS

Cotter recalls big names for Italy rematch

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International invitations: Glasgow must prove we deserve to be at top table, insists Townsend

International invitations: Glasgow must prove we deserve to be at top table, insists Townsend

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Chris Paterson helps launch an exhibition celebrating the career of Bill McLaren at Bowhill House. Picture: Eric McCowat

The Carterhaugh Ba' would have left even the great Bill lost for words . . .

Willem Nel has no identity crisis after making his debut for Scotland

Dougie Fife was among seven players released from the Scotland training squad by Vern Cotter

Scotland release seven players from training squad

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Scotland head coach Vern Cotter

Vern Cotter cuts seven from Scotland squad and bolsters PRO12 stocks

Edinburgh head coach Alan Solomons has set targets for his team this season that are "not negotiable"

It's top six or bust for Edinburgh, says Alan Solomons

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Carrick Academy cracks the code with holistic approach to schools rugby

Henry Pyrgos scored the only try of the game against Italy to give Scotland a valuable win. Picture: SNS

Italy 12 Scotland 16: Pyrgos strikes late to end run of defeats

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Jonny Gray (right) could replace brother Richie (left) in the Scotland team to play Italy on Saturday. Picture: SNS

Bennett and Gray set to play in Italy rematch

Vern Cotter hopes to build on the improvement shown by Scotland in Turin. Picture: SNS

Scotland coach Vern Cotter cautiously content with 16-12 win over Italy

Henry Pyrgos came off the bench to become Scotland's match-winner. Picture: SNS

Henry Pyrgos strikes late to give Scotland 16-12 win over Italy

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Heriot's players were the ones celebrating last year

Recruitment is key in Premiership play-off pursuit

PARIS, FRANCE - AUGUST 22:  Stuart Lancaster, the England head coach looks on during the International match between France and England at Stade de France on August 22, 2015 in Paris, France.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images). (36292887)

France 25 England 20 – Flat England pay the price in Paris

John Hardie needs a big game on his debut to force himself into Scotland's squad for the Rugby World Cup. Picture: SNS

Stuart Bathgate's Five Minute Guide to Italy v Scotland

Stuart McInally makes his Scotland debut today in his adopted position of hooker. Picture: SNS

Scotland ready to return to winning ways

Duncan Weir scored the winning points the last time Scotland played in Italy. Picture: SNS

Weir in mood to enjoy return to Italy

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Edinburgh Rugby's Roddy Grant previews his side's forthcoming pre-season match against Romania (36244260)

Edinburgh 31 Romania 16: Grant leads the way in impressive victory

Ryan Grant was taken off against Ireland with an ankle injury. Picture: SNS

Grant in race against time to make Rugby World Cup opener

John Hardie will make his debut for Scotland in Turin on Saturday. Picture: SNS

Hardie named in Scotland team for Turin

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