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Rugby

Converted back row forward Richie Vernon is announced as part of the Scotland Rugby Squad for the 2015 World Cup.

World Cup call validates history boy Vernon's change to centre

Prop Zander Fagerson has a big role to play with Glasgow during the Rugby World Cup. Picture: SNS

Fagerson ready to step into the breach at Scotstoun

Scotland's Jim Hamilton has announced his retirement

Jim Hamilton announces retirement from international rugby

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Scotland's Richie Gray is announced as part of the Scotland Rugby Squad for the 2015 World Cup.

Richie Gray: competition is fierce in Cotter's Scotland

Scotland coach Vern Cotter at yesterday's announcement of the squad for the Rugby World Cup. Picture: SNS

Hardie has done enough to merit selection as sole 7, Cotter insists

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Scotland's Tim Swinson is announced as part of the Scotland Rugby Squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Picture: SNS

Shocked Swinson the surprise name as Cotter keeps squad out of their comfort zones

Tim Swinson

Tim Swinson "completely flabbergasted" to get Scotland World Cup nod

John Hardie in training at Murrayfield. Picture: SNS

Cotter's choice of Hardie evokes memories of Laney

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Scotland Rugby Captain Greig Laidlaw is on hand as the Scotland Rugby squad is announced for the 2015 World Cup.

Captain Laidlaw comes full circle after 2011 disappointment

Ireland leave Andrew Trimble out of World Cup squad

Scotland defence coach Matt Taylor says selections will be based largely on players' ability to "bring power into the game – repeatability and work rate"

Picking a World Cup squad is an exercise in debugging

Scotland wing Sean Lamont

Scotland's Sean Lamont assumes nothing ahead of World Cup squad announcement

Tough call: Vern Cotter, the Scotland rugby coach, has named his World Cup squad (Picture: Getty)

Cowan and Barclay fail to make the grade for Scotland's World Cup squad

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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

John Barclay capped a strong performance with a try but may yet miss out on a place in Cotter's squad. Picture: SNS

Scotland 48 Italy 7: Vern Cotter's first-choice XV make their case for inclusion

Two-try Tim Visser determined to make World Cup cut

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

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

Nasi Manu is looking forward to his Edinburgh debut against Leinster on Friday

Get Hardie, Manu advises Edinburgh

New season, new broom as Hutchie hire Craig Sorbie

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

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