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Encyclopedia > Scotland national rugby union team
Scotland
Union Scottish Rugby Union
Emblem(s) the Carduus
Ground Murrayfield Stadium
Coach Flag of Scotland Frank Hadden
Captain Jason White
Most caps Scott Murray (83)
Top scorer Gavin Hastings (667)
Most tries Ian Smith, Tony Stanger (24)
Team colours Team colours Team colours
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First international
(also the world's first)
Flag of Scotland Scotland 4 - 1 England  Flag of England
(27 March 1871)
Largest win
Flag of Scotland Scotland 100 - 8 Japan  Flag of Japan
(13 November 2004)
Worst defeat
Flag of Scotland Scotland 10 - 68 South Africa  Flag of South Africa
(6 December 1997)
World Cup
Appearances 6 (First in 1987)
Best result Semi-finals, 1991
Flag of Scotland

The Scotland national rugby union team represent Scotland in international rugby union. Rugby union in Scotland is administered by the Scottish Rugby Union. The Scotland rugby union team is currently (september 2007) ranked 8th, in the IRB world rankings and makes up one quarter of the British and Irish Lions rugby team. They annually take part in the Six Nations and participate in the Rugby World Cup, which takes place every four years. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Logo of Scottish Rugby Union The Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) is the governing body of rugby union in Scotland. ... Species See text Carduus is a genus of about 90 species of thistles in the family Asteraceae, native to Europe, Asia and Africa. ... Murrayfield Stadium is a sports stadium in the capital of , Edinburgh, and is the home of Scottish Rugby Union. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Scotland. ... Frank Hadden (born 14 June 1954) is the current coach of the Scotland national rugby union team. ... Jason White (born June 19, 1980) was a quarterback for the University of Oklahoma football team (1999-2004). ... A cap is an appearance for a select team, such as a school, county or international team in sports. ... Scott Murray (born 15 January 1976) is a rugby union player who plays at lock for Edinburgh and Scotland. ... Andrew Gavin Hastings, OBE (born January 3, 1962 in Edinburgh) of Watsonians, Cambridge University Rugby Football Club, the Scotland national rugby union team and the British and Irish Lions was one of the outstanding rugby players of his generation, winning 61 caps for Scotland, 20 of which as captain. ... For other persons named Ian Smith, see Ian Smith (disambiguation). ... Tony Stanger is a former Scottish international rugby union player, and is Scotlands joint record try scorer. ... 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Scottish rugby dates back to 1871, where they beat England in the first international rugby union match at Raeburn Place. Since it started in 1883, Scotland competed in the Five Nations winning it 14 times outright - including the last ever Five Nations in 1999 - and sharing it another 8. In 2000 the competition accepted a sixth competitor, Italy, thus forming the Six Nations. Since this change, Scotland have yet to win the competition. The Rugby World Cup was introduced in 1987 and Scotland have competed in all five competitions, the last being in 2007. Scotland's best finish came in 1991, where they lost to the All Blacks in the third place play-off. First international (also the worlds first)  Scotland 4–1 England  (27 March 1871) Largest win  England 134–0 Romania  (17 November 2001) Worst defeat  Australia 76–0 England  (6 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 6 (First in 1987) Best result Champions, 2003 The England national rugby union team represents... The first international rugby union game was played at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh on March 27, 1871 between England and Scotland. ... The RBS 6 Nations Championship, (referred to as RBS 6 Nations for sponsorship reasons) known before 2000 as the Five Nations Championship, is an annual international rugby union competition held between six European sides: France, England, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. ... The RBS 6 Nations Championship, (referred to as RBS 6 Nations for sponsorship reasons) known before 2000 as the Five Nations Championship, is an annual international rugby union competition held between six European sides: France, England, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. ... The RBS 6 Nations Championship, (referred to as RBS 6 Nations for sponsorship reasons) known before 2000 as the Five Nations Championship, is an annual international rugby union competition held between six European sides: France, England, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. ... For the rugby league competition, see Rugby League World Cup. ... The 2007 Rugby World Cup is the sixth Rugby World Cup, a quadrennial international rugby union world championship inaugurated in 1987. ... This article is about the mens Rugby World Cup held in 1991. ... First international  Australia 3 - 22 New Zealand  (15 August 1903) Largest win  New Zealand 145 - 17 Japan  (4 June 1995) Worst defeat  Australia 28 - 7 New Zealand  (28 August 1999) World Cup Appearances 6 (First in 1987) Best result Champions, 1987 The All Blacks are New Zealands national rugby... The third place playoff (sometimes called the bronze medal game or consolation game) is a single bout that is included in many sporting knockout tournaments to decide which competitor or team will be credited with finishing third and fourth. ...


Scotland have a strong rivalry with the English national team. They both annually compete for the Calcutta Cup. Each year, this fixture is played out as part of the Six Nations. It was last held by Scotland after a famous victory in 2006, beating England 18-12, but England regained it in the opener of the 2007 Six Nations. In recent years Scotland have recorded few victories over the Auld Enemy beating them just three times since 1990. Furthermore, the last victory outside of Scotland was in 1983. First international (also the worlds first)  Scotland 4–1 England  (27 March 1871) Largest win  England 134–0 Romania  (17 November 2001) Worst defeat  Australia 76–0 England  (6 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 6 (First in 1987) Best result Champions, 2003 The England national rugby union team represents... Calcutta Cup The Calcutta Cup is a rugby union trophy awarded to the winner of the annual Six Nations Championship match between England and Scotland. ... Rugby was played at Croke Park for the first time, seen here during the Irish-French match. ...

Contents

History

1871-1924

The formulation of a handling game

Several new schools were formed in Scotland during the first half of the 19th century, among them The Edinburgh Academy (1824), Loretto (1827), Merchiston (1833), Glasgow Academy (1845) and Trinity College, Glenalmond (1847). It is known that simple and crude forms of football were played at all of these schools, but it was in Edinburgh that the handling game first took root and spread to other areas of the country. Two young men, Francis Crombie and Alexander Crombie, came from Durham School to Edinburgh in 1854. Francis joined The Academy as a pupil but Alexander had already left school. Apparently, neither brother had played football at Durham School but they took with them a knowledge of the rules of football as played at Rugby School and this they passed on. Francis is recorded as having been the first school football captain and Alexander became actively involved in the formation of The Edinburgh Academical Football Club. He qualified for membership under a rule which allowed relatives of school pupils to become members. In 1858 he became the first captain of the Football Club - a position he held for eight years. During the same period, a boy named Hamilton came to The High School in Edinburgh (in 1856) from an English public school and brought with him the 'Rules of Rugby Football' as he had known them in the south. This document was instrumental in the High School's adapting their existing game to this new form. The Edinburgh Academy is an independent school. ... Loretto is the name of a number of places in the United States of America: Loretto, Alabama Loretto, Florida Loretto, Illinois Loretto, Kentucky Loretto, Maryland Loretto, Michigan Loretto, Minnesota Loretto, Nebraska Loretto, Pennsylvania Loretto, Tennessee Loretto, Virginia Loretto is also the name of a place elsewhere: Loretto, Ontario Loretto, Burgenland... Merchiston is an wealthy area in the south-west of Edinburgh. ... The Glasgow Academy is the oldest fully-independent school in Glasgow, Scotland. ... Glenalmond College (formerly known as Trinity College, Glenalmond) is the name of a co-educational independent boarding school in Perth and Kinross, Scotland, for children aged between 12 and 18 years. ... Glenalmond College (formerly known as Trinity College, Glenalmond) is the name of a private boarding school in Perthshire, Scotland for children aged between 12 and 18 years. ... Durham School is an independent British day and boarding school for girls and boys (age 3-18) in Durham. ... Durham School is an independent British day and boarding school for girls and boys (age 3-18) in Durham. ...


The first-ever inter-school match recorded in Scotland was The High School versus Merchiston, played on 13 February 1858. However, the game suffered from lack of uniformity of rule and ball. In The High School, in the early 1860s, football was played with '…monstrous inflated globes of vast circumference and ponderosity…'. H. H. Almond, a master at both Loretto and Merchiston and a founding father of the game in Scotland, describing an incident in a Loretto versus Merchiston match, wrote: '…but so little did any of us, masters or boys, then know about it, that I remember how, when Lyall ran with the ball behind the Merchiston goal the resulting try was appealed against on the ground that no player may cross the line whilst holding the ball. The previous rule at Merchiston had been that he must let go of the ball and kick it over before he touched it down. It must be said in excuse for this and other similar sins of ignorance, that the only available rules were those printed for the use of Rugby School. They were very incomplete and presupposed a practical knowledge of the game.' Gradually, over several years, the game approached that then being played at Rugby. There were local variations which, inevitably, resulted in disputes. Almond again: '…well into the 1870s the only schools able to play each other on even terms were The Edinburgh Academy, Merchiston and The High School.' From the mid-1860s, senior (former pupils) clubs started to appear in both the Edinburgh and Glasgow areas and these clubs, making good use of the then new railways, began to play each other. In those early club matches play was often halted whilst captains and umpires tried to settle some point of difference. Such disputes and mix-ups were frequent. Such a state of affairs could not continue indefinitely and a group of men from The Edinburgh Academical Football Club convened a series of meetings and, in 1868, with the agreement of the other schools and clubs, set out and had printed rules for the game in Scotland. The resulting booklet Laws of Football as played by the Principal Clubs in Scotland, became known as The Green Book. Alas, no copy survives but it is worthy of note that neither the clubs nor The Green Book felt it necessary to include the word 'Rugby' in their title. Indeed, the Scottish Football Union, formed in 1873, did not alter its name to become the Scottish Rugby Union until 1924 - the year prior to the opening of Murrayfield.


The Scots issue a challenge

The newspaper notice advertising the very first rugby international match - inconspicuous by being slotted in between other items. (From The Scotsman, 27.3.1871) In December 1870, following a series of England v. Scotland eleven-a-side football matches played in London (all of which were won by England), a group of Scots players issued a letter of challenge in The Scotsman and in Bell's Life in London, to play an England XX at the carrying game. The English could hardly ignore such a challenge and this led to the first-ever rugby international match being played at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh, on Monday 27 March, 1871. The Scots won the encounter by a goal and a try to a solitary try scored by England (a points scoring system had not then been devised).


The Calcutta Cup

The Calcutta Cup was gifted to the Rugby Football Union in 1878 by the members of the short-lived Calcutta Rugby Club. The members had decided to disband: the cup was crafted from melted-down silver rupees which became available when the Club's funds were withdrawn from the bank. The Cup is unique in that it is competed for annually only by England and Scotland. The first Calcutta Cup match was played in 1879 and, since that time, over 100 matches have taken place. Calcutta Cup The Calcutta Cup is a rugby union trophy awarded to the winner of the annual Six Nations Championship match between England and Scotland. ... The Rugby Football Union (RFU) is the rugby union governing body in England. ...


In December 1870, following a series of England v. Scotland eleven-a-side football matches played in London (all of which were won by England), a group of Scots players issued a letter of challenge in The Scotsman and in Bell's Life in London, to play an England XX at the carrying game. The first ever international rugby union game was played on the cricket field of The Edinburgh Academy at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh on March 27, 1871 between England and Scotland. The Scots won the encounter by a goal and a try to a solitary try scored by England, though England got revenge at the Kennington Oval, London in the following year. (See the library of the Scottish Rugby Union for details.) The Scotsmans offices in Edinburgh The Scotsman is a Scottish national newspaper, published in Edinburgh. ... The first international rugby union game was played at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh on March 27, 1871 between England and Scotland. ... is the 86th day of the year (87th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1871 (MDCCCLXXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... First international (also the worlds first)  Scotland 4–1 England  (27 March 1871) Largest win  England 134–0 Romania  (17 November 2001) Worst defeat  Australia 76–0 England  (6 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 6 (First in 1987) Best result Champions, 2003 The England national rugby union team represents... This article is about the country. ... For the shape, see oval The Oval is a cricket ground in Kennington, London. ... Logo of Scottish Rugby Union The Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) is the governing body of rugby union in Scotland. ...


The Scots enjoyed periodic success in the early days vying with Wales in the first decade of the 20th century. However, their Triple Crown win in 1907 would be the last for eighteen years as the First World War (1914-18) and England intervened to deny them glory. First international  England 30 – 0 Wales  (19 February 1881) Largest win  Japan 0 – 98 Wales  (26 November 2004) Worst defeat  South Africa 96 – 13 Wales  (27 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 6/6 (First in 1987) Best result Third 1987 The Wales national rugby union team (also referred to as... In rugby union, the Triple Crown is an honour contested annually by the national teams of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales as part of the Six Nations Championship. ...


In 1897 land was purchased, by the SFU, at Inverleith, Edinburgh. Thus the SFU became the first of the Home Unions to own its own ground. The first visitors were Ireland, on 18 February 1899 (Scotland 3 Ireland 9). International rugby was played at Inverleith until 1925. The SFU bought some land and built the first Murrayfield Stadium which was opened on 21 March 1925. Inverleith is a suburb of northern Edinburgh in Scotland. ... is the 49th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1899 (MDCCCXCIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Friday [1] of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Murrayfield Stadium is a sports stadium in the capital of , Edinburgh, and is the home of Scottish Rugby Union. ... is the 80th day of the year (81st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


1925-1945

In 1925 Scotland already had victories over France at Inverleith (25-4), Wales in Swansea (24-14) and Ireland in Dublin (14-8). England, the Grand Slam champions of the two previous seasons were the first visitors to Murrayfield. 70,000 spectators saw the lead change hands three times before Scotland secured a 14-11 victory which gave them their first-ever Five Nations Grand Slam. A Grand Slam can be completed in two ways in rugby union. ...


In 1926, Scotland became the first Home nation side to defeat England at Twickenham after England had won the Grand Slam five times in eight seasons. The Home Nations is a name to collectively describe the four nations of the United Kingdom: the countries of England, Scotland and Wales, and the province of Northern Ireland. ...


The outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939 brought rugby union in Scotland to a halt. The SRU cancelled all arranged trial and international matches and encouraged the member clubs to carry on as best they could. Some clubs closed down, others amalgamated and carried on playing other local clubs and, sometimes, teams from the armed forces stationed in their various areas.


1946-1973

Official internationals resumed in the 1946-7 season. In the Spring of 1946, Scotland played and defeated a strong New Zealand and Forces team.


The period after World War Two was not a successful one for Scotland. In 1951, the touring Springboks massacred Scotland 44-0 scoring nine tries, a then record defeat. Scotland suffered 17 successive defeats between February 1951 and February 1955, scored only 54 points in these 17 games: 11 tries, six conversions, and four penalties.


The teams from 1955-63 were an improvement. There were no win over England, but three of the games were drawn and only twice was the margin of defeat more than a single. 1964 was a good year for Scotland New Zealand were held to a 0-0 draw, the last international match in which no points were scored. The Calcutta Cup was won 15-6, the first time since 1950 and they shared the Five Nations title in 1964 with Wales. The Six Nations Championship (referred to as RBS 6 Nations for sponsorship reasons), (2000-) formerly known as the Five Nations Championship, is an annual international rugby union competition held between six European sides; England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. ...


In 1971 the SRU appointed Bill Dickinson as their head coach, after years of avoidance, as it was their belief that rugby should remain an amateur sport. He was officially designated as an "adviser to the captain". William Louis (Bill) Dickinson (b. ...


Scotland were the first of the Home Unions to run a truly nationwide club league. This was introduced in 1973 and still flourishes today with several of the country's original clubs still very much in evidence, such as Heriots, West of Scotland, Watsonians and the famous 'border' clubs such as Gala, Hawick, Jed-Forest, Kelso and Melrose. However the advent of professionalism saw Scotland's District championship abandoned and two (later three) 'Super Districts' formed, which have resulted in the top players generally being unavailable for their clubs. These teams play in international club competitions such as the Heineken Cup and the Celtic League. Home Nations (often written as the common noun home nations) is a term used to refer to the four constituent countries of the United Kingdom — England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland — collectively but as separate entities, distinct from the United Kingdom as a state. ... Official Website www. ... Official Website www. ... Official website www. ... Gala Rugby Football Club are a rugby union team based in Galashiels in the Scottish Borders, founded in 1875, they play their home games at Netherdale. ... Official website www. ... Jed-Forest Rugby Football Club are a rugby union team who are based at Riverside Park in Jedburgh. ... Kelso Rugby Football Club are a rugby union team founded in 1876. ... Melrose RFC (Rugby Football Club), located in the town of Melrose in the Scottish Borders, is one of the most famous and oldest rugby clubs in the world. ...


1974-2000

Jim Telfer became national coach in 1980. A former headmaster and chemistry teacher, Jim Telfer has won fame as a Scottish forwards coach who gave punishing training sessions to his players. ...


Scotland toured Australia and won the first test, which to date is Scotland's only away victory against any of the big three Southern Hemisphere sides. After this, the 1983 season was a disappointment, with only one victory at Twickenham in the last match.


The 1983-84 season brought a draw with the All Blacks 25-25 in the late autumn and their second Grand Slam captained by Jim Aitken. Jim Telfer stood down after the Grand Slam to concentrate on his professional career as a school master. He was succeeded by his assistant, the former Hawick fly-half, Colin Telfer. A Grand Slam can be completed in two ways in rugby union. ... Jim Aitken played rugby at loose head prop for the Scotland national rugby union team, 1977-84. ...


Scotland went to the first World Cup, played in New Zealand and Australia in the summer of 1987. Rutherford, the team’s general and controlling influence, badly injured his knee on an unauthorised tour of Bermuda. He broke down after less than a quarter of an hour of the first World Cup match against France and never played for Scotland again. Scotland had been in the lead but the match finished level and Scotland had to face New Zealand in the quarter-final. They lost.


Their greatest year in the modern era, however, was 1990 when, captained by prop David Sole, their season came down to one game, a Grand Slam decider at Murrayfield against the "auld enemy" and hot favourites, England. Sole famously walked his men onto the field with quiet but steely determination, to the delight of the partisan home crowd. Scotland won 13-7, and with it their third Grand Slam. Educated at Glenalmond, a public school in Perthshire. ... A Grand Slam can be completed in two ways in rugby union. ...


The second World Cup took place in 1991 with matches shared between the Five Nations. Scotland won their pool, though the game against Ireland was close, and then beat Western Samoa in the quarter-final. They went out to England in the semi-final held at Murrayfield to a Rob Andrew drop goal. In the third place play-off they were again beaten by New Zealand.


The third World Cup, held in South Africa, came around in 1995. The tournament followed a familiar pattern: a narrow defeat by France, thanks to an injury-time try, meant that, as second in the pool, they faced a quarter-final against New Zealand and were eliminated.


Scotland also won the last-ever Five Nations Championship in 1999 with some dashing displays of 15-man rugby and to a last minute win by Wales over England, but that year’s World Cup ended the usual way, with a quarter-final defeat by New Zealand.


They endured a torrid Six Nations in 2000, losing their first four straight games. Nevertheless at the last hurdle, they pulled off a magnificent 19-13 win under captain Andy Nicol over an unbeaten England at a rain-soaked Murrayfield to prove that there is still plenty of pride and passion in Scottish rugby. Andy Nicol, rugby player, was the first British player to lift the Heineken Cup as captain of Bath Rugby. ... Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh (capacity 67,500) is the home of Scottish Rugby and a name known throughout the rugby world. ...


2003 season & the future

After a poor start in the Six Nations 2003-04 in which Scotland did not win a single match and so qualified for rugby's version of the wooden spoon, things were believed to be steadily improving once again under the Australian coach Matt Williams, the first foreigner to coach the national team. A wooden spoon is a mock or real award, usually given to an individual or team which has come last in a competition, but sometimes also to runners-up. ... Matt Williams the rugby football coach was the first foreign head coach of the Scotland national rugby union team. ...


Despite setbacks, many new and talented young players are coming through to the top level. Yet the record for 2004 was disappointing: Played 12, Won 2, Lost 10. Williams also attempted to introduce a controversial "Fortress Scotland" policy, whereby only those currently playing in Scotland were eligible to play in the national team. Meanwhile the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) is under new management, Chief Executive Phil Anderton (known as 'Firework Phil' for his pre-match entertainment spectacles) was leading the way back to financial solvency and implementing major reforms to reverse the decline of the game in Scotland, but he resigned in January 2005 after his boss David Mackay was forced to resign by the SRU's general committee. Since then, much effort and thought has gone into restructuring the way the game is governed in Scotland. Logo of Scottish Rugby Union The Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) is the governing body of rugby union in Scotland. ... Chief Executive Officer, Scottish Rugby Union until 2005 - appointed February 2004 after several years of successful marketing within the SRU. His nickname is Firework Phil because he has provided lavish firework displays and entertainment before rugby games at Murrayfield, the home of the Scottish Rugby Union. ... This article is about the country. ...


Under Frank Hadden

Frank Hadden, the head coach of Edinburgh Gunners (previously a PE teacher at Merchiston Castle School in Edinburgh), was appointed interim coach for the 2005 summer internationals against the Barbarians and Romania, winning two from two and instilling confidence in the national side again. On the 15 September 2005, he was appointed national coach of the Scotland team up to and including the 2007 World Cup and has so far done an excellent job with limited resources compared to most of his opponents. Frank Hadden (born 14 June 1954) is the current coach of the Scotland national rugby union team. ... Edinburgh Rugby are one of three professional rugby union teams in Scotland, The Borders and Glasgow Rugby being the other two. ... This page is about the School. ... First match Hartlepool Rovers 4 - 9 Barbarians (27 December 1890) Largest win Scotland 31 - 74 Barbarians (24 May 2001) Worst defeat Barbarians 0 - 42 Wales (26 May 2004) The original Barbarians The Barbarian Football Club, typically referred to as Barbarians and nicknamed the Baa-Baas, is an invitational rugby union... is the 258th day of the year (259th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 2007 Rugby Union World Cup will be the sixth world cup in rugby history, hosted by France in the autumn of 2007. ...


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11 November 2006 Scotland 44-6 Romania
11 November 2006 Scotland 44-6 Romania

In the 2006 Autumn internationals Scotland won two of three fixtures. They convincingly beat Romania and put up a solid first half performance against the Pacific Islanders. In the final match against Australia, Scotland failed to impress. A sound first half performance was squandered with an uncharacteristicly poor defence in the second. Australia went on to win the game 44-15. The series provided a mixture of advances and setbacks. Scotland lost several key players through injury, notbly captain Jason White was suffered a knee injury and missed the entire 2007 Six Nations Championship. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1280 × 960 pixel, file size: 178 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1280 × 960 pixel, file size: 178 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... During November of 2006, several rugby union nations will play fixtures that will be contested in the northern hemisphere nations - the Autumn internationals. ... First match Queensland Reds 29 - 48 Pacific Islanders (20 June 2004) Largest win NSW Waratahs 21 - 68 Pacific Islanders (25 June 2004) Worst defeat Ireland 61 - 17 Pacific Islanders (26 November 2006) The Pacific Islanders rugby union team (usually known as just Pacific Islanders) are an international rugby union team... Jason Phillip Randall White (born 17 April 1978 in Edinburgh) is a Scottish rugby union footballer. ... Rugby was played at Croke Park for the first time, seen here during the Irish-French match. ...


Scotland suffered a humiliating defeat on February 24, 2007 when they became the first Six Nations team to lose at home to Italy, 17-37. This was Italy's biggest ever victory over Scotland, home or away. After only six minutes of the match Scotland were already trailing 0-21, due to a clearance kick being charged down and two interceptions by the Italians (caused by poor choice of game plan and sloppy passing in the 9/10 channel). Man of the match was awarded to Italian Alessandro Troncon, who scored a late try to put the match out of reach. is the 55th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Alessandro Troncon (born September 6, 1973) is an Italian rugby union player. ...


Thistle and the anthem

The thistle is the national flower, and also the symbol of the Scotland national rugby union team. According to legend the "guardian thistle" has played its part in the defence of Scotland against a night attack by the Danes, one of whom let out a yell of pain when he stepped barefoot on a thistle, alerting the Scottish defenders. The Latin Nemo me impune lacessit ("No-one provokes me with impunity!" in English) is an ancient motto of the Kings of Scotland, and also of Scotland's premier chivalric order, the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, and of the Scots Guards (the latter both "belonging" to the monarch). Milk thistle flowerhead Thistledown a method of seed dispersal by wind. ... A national emblem is a symbol that represents a nation. ... Nemo me impune lacessit (English: No one wounds me with impunity, literally meaning (lacessere = to appeal to, to provoke, to attack): No one provokes me with impunity) is the royal Scottish motto, used historically for the Kingdom of Scotland where it appeared on the Royal Arms of Scotland. ...


The Flower of Scotland has been used since 1990 as Scotland's unofficial national anthem. It was written by Roy Williamson of the Corries in 1967, and adopted by the SRU to replace God Save the Queen. In the first year of using The Flower of Scotland as an anthem, Scotland walked onto the pitch at the beginning of the Five Nations Championship deciding match against England. This combination was explosive and Scotland went on to beat England 13-7 and win the Five Nations Championship with a Grand Slam. Flower of Scotland (Flùir na h-Alba in Gaelic) is the unofficial national anthem of Scotland, a role for which it competes against the older Scotland the Brave and Scots Wha Hae. ... Roy Williamson (25 June 1936, Edinburgh - 12 August 1990, Forres) was a Scottish songwriter and folk musician, most notably with The Corries. ... This article is about the geographical feature. ... RBS Six Nations trophy The Six Nations Championship (referred to as RBS 6 Nations for sponsorship reasons), known before 2000 as the Five Nations Championship, is an annual international rugby union competition held between six European sides; England, France (since 1910), Ireland, Italy (since 2000), Scotland and Wales. ... First international (also the worlds first)  Scotland 4–1 England  (27 March 1871) Largest win  England 134–0 Romania  (17 November 2001) Worst defeat  Australia 76–0 England  (6 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 6 (First in 1987) Best result Champions, 2003 The England national rugby union team represents... A Grand Slam can be completed in two ways in rugby union. ...


Strip

Scotland have traditionally worn navy blue jerseys, white shorts and red socks. However, the recent team uniform made by Canterbury of New Zealand has Scotland wearing navy blue shorts. The team sponsor is The Famous Grouse, a brand of Scotch whisky whose logo is shown on the team jersey and shorts. In France, where alcohol sponsorship is banned by law, the regular logo is replaced with "TFG". On the occasion that Scotland is the home side and the opposing team normally wears dark colours, Scotland will use its change strip. Traditionally this is a white jersey with navy blue shorts and socks. For a brief period, when Cotton Oxford were the shirt sponsors, the white shirt was replaced by a bright orange one with orange and blue hoops on the sleeves. This was first used against the New Zealand Māori November 14, 1998. This change strip was replaced by the traditional white one just two years later. Also during this sponsorship deal, purple was introduced to the traditional blue jersey. This was a significant departure from the traditional colours of blue and white, although purple is inspired from the thistle flower. Canterbury of New Zealand - sometimes referred to as CCC by retailers and rugby fans - is a New Zealand-based sports apparel company that focuses on rugby football. ... Famous Grouse is a brand of blended Scotch whisky, first produced by Matthew Gloag & Son Ltd. ... Scotch whisky is whisky made in Scotland. ... First international Ireland 4 - 13 New Zealand Māori (as the New Zealand Natives) (1888-12-01) Largest win United States 6 - 74 New Zealand Māori (2006-06-07) Worst defeat New Zealand Māori 6 - 31 Australia (1936-09-23) ... is the 318th day of the year (319th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Milk thistle flowerhead Thistledown a method of seed dispersal by wind. ...


On September 3, 2007 it was announced that Rangers F.C. chairman Sir David Murray's company would become the new shirt sponsor, investing £2.7 million over the next three years. This came as The Famous Grouse ended its 17 year relationship with the team the month prior to this. The Famous Grouse however, have maintained a low profile link to the Scottish Rugby Union by becoming the main spirit sponsor. This deal is thought to be worth a tenth of the original cost and forbids the Scottish Rugby Union from affiliating itself from any other whisky manufacturer. is the 246th day of the year (247th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... For other uses, see Rangers F.C. (disambiguation). ... David Murray Sir David Edward Murray (born Ayr, 14 October 1951) is a Scottish entrepreneur, businessman and Chairman of Rangers Football Club. ... Famous Grouse is a brand of blended Scotch whisky, first produced by Matthew Gloag & Son Ltd. ... Famous Grouse is a brand of blended Scotch whisky, first produced by Matthew Gloag & Son Ltd. ... Logo of Scottish Rugby Union The Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) is the governing body of rugby union in Scotland. ... Logo of Scottish Rugby Union The Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) is the governing body of rugby union in Scotland. ...


Record

Six Nations

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Triple Crown: seven times winners.


Scotland was also the last Five Nations Champion in 1998-99. (The following year Italy joined the competition to make it the Six Nations.)

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Flag of France
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Flag of Ireland
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Flag of Italy
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Flag of Scotland
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Flag of Wales
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Tournaments 106 76 106 8 106 106
Outright Wins (Shared Wins) 25 (10) 16 (7) 10 (8) 0 (0) 14 (8) 23 (10)
Grand Slams 12 8 1 0 3 9
Triple Crowns 23 N/A 9 N/A 10 18

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World Cup

Best Rugby Union World Cup placing so far: fourth in the second Rugby World Cup, RWC1991. On October 26, 1991 Scotland lost 6-9 to England in a semi-final at Murrayfield after the normally reliable Gavin Hastings missed an easy penalty almost in front of and a short distance from the posts. On October 30 Scotland lost the Third-place play-off to New Zealand in Cardiff, 13-6. The William Webb Ellis Trophy, the main prize of the Rugby Union World Cup The Rugby World Cup is the premier international Rugby Union contest in the world, first held jointly in Australia and New Zealand in 1987, a full 33 years after the first Rugby League World Cup and... Results of The 1991 Rugby World Cup. ... is the 299th day of the year (300th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh (capacity 67,500) is the home of Scottish Rugby and a name known throughout the rugby world. ... is the 303rd day of the year (304th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

Year Stage Team Score Team Venue
1987 Pool 4 Flag of France France 20-20 Flag of Scotland Scotland Lancaster Park
1987 Pool 4 Flag of Scotland Scotland 60-21  Zimbabwe Athletic Park
1987 Pool 4 Flag of Romania Romania 28-55 Flag of Scotland Scotland Carisbrook
1987 Quarter-final Flag of New Zealand New Zealand 30-3 Flag of Scotland Scotland Lancaster Park
1991 Pool B Flag of Scotland Scotland 47-9 Flag of Japan Japan Murrayfield
1991 Pool B Flag of Scotland Scotland 51-12  Zimbabwe Murrayfield
1991 Pool B Flag of Scotland Scotland 24-15 Flag of Ireland Ireland Murrayfield
1991 Quarter-final Flag of Scotland Scotland 28-6 Flag of Samoa Western Samoa Murrayfield
1991 Semi-final Flag of Scotland Scotland 6-9 Flag of England England Murrayfield
1991 Third-place play-off Flag of Scotland Scotland 6-13 Flag of New Zealand New Zealand Cardiff
1995 Pool D Flag of Côte d'Ivoire Côte d'Ivoire 0-89 Flag of Scotland Scotland Rustenburg
1995 Pool D Flag of Scotland Scotland 41-5  Tonga Pretoria
1995 Pool D Flag of France France 22-19 Flag of Scotland Scotland Pretoria
1995 Quarter-final Flag of New Zealand New Zealand 48-30 Flag of Scotland Scotland Pretoria
1999 Pool 1 Flag of Scotland Scotland 29-46 Flag of South Africa South Africa Murrayfield
1999 Pool 1 Flag of Scotland Scotland 43-12  Uruguay Murrayfield
1999 Pool 1 Flag of Scotland Scotland 48-0  Spain Murrayfield
1999 Quarter-final play-off Flag of Scotland Scotland 35-20 Flag of Samoa Samoa Murrayfield
1999 Quarter-final Flag of Scotland Scotland 18-30 Flag of New Zealand New Zealand Murrayfield
2003 Pool B Flag of Scotland Scotland 32-11 Flag of Japan Japan Townsville
2003 Pool B Flag of Scotland Scotland 39-15  United States Brisbane
2003 Pool B Flag of France France 51-9 Flag of Scotland Scotland Sydney
2003 Pool B Flag of Scotland Scotland 22-20 Flag of Fiji Fiji Aussie Stadium
2003 Quarter-final Flag of Australia Australia 33-16 Flag of Scotland Scotland Brisbane
2007 Pool C Flag of Scotland Scotland 56-10 Flag of Portugal Portugal Saint-Étienne
2007 Pool C Flag of Scotland Scotland 42-0 Flag of Romania Romania Murrayfield
2007 Pool C Flag of Scotland Scotland 0-40 Flag of New Zealand New Zealand Murrayfield
2007 Pool C Flag of Scotland Scotland 18-16 Flag of Italy Italy Saint-Étienne
2007 Quarter-final Flag of Argentina Argentina 19-13 Flag of Scotland Scotland Stade de France

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Overall

Scotland achieved 100 points for the first time in defeating a young and inexperienced Japan side 100-8 on November 13, 2004. The previous record had been 89-0 against Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) in the first round of Rugby World Cup 1995. The game versus Japan was played at the home of St. Johnstone Football Club, McDiarmid Park, Perth. It was the first time that Scotland had ever played "North of the Forth" (i.e. the River Forth) in the Caledonian region. In the same game Chris Paterson moved ahead of Andy Irvine in the list of Scotland's all-time points scorers, though he still has some way to go to catch Gavin Hastings. is the 317th day of the year (318th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1995 Rugby Union World Cup - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... St Johnstone is a Scottish football team. ... McDiarmid Park is the home of St. ... Perth (Scottish Gaelic: ) is a royal burgh in central Scotland. ... The River Forth meanders over fertile farmlands near Stirling The River Forth, 47 km (29 miles) long, is the major river draining the eastern part of the central belt of Scotland. ...


Their Test match record against all nations:[1]

Against Played Won Lost Drawn  % Won
Flag of Argentina Argentina 10 3 7 0 30
Flag of Australia Australia 25 7 18 0 28
Barbarians 11 2 8 1 18.2
Flag of Canada Canada 3 1 2 0 33.3
Flag of England England 124 41 66 17 33.1
Flag of Fiji Fiji 4 3 1 0 75
Flag of France France 80 34 43 3 42.5
Flag of Ireland Ireland 121 63 53 5 52.1
Flag of Italy Italy 12 8 4 0 66.7
Flag of Côte d'Ivoire Côte d'Ivoire 1 1 0 0 100
Flag of Japan Japan 7 6 1 0 85.7
Flag of New Zealand New Zealand 27 0 25 2 0
 Pacific Islanders 1 1 0 0 100
Flag of Portugal Portugal 2 2 0 0 100
Flag of Romania Romania 12 10 2 0 83.3
Flag of Samoa Samoa 6 5 0 1 83.3
Flag of South Africa South Africa 18 4 14 0 22.2
 Spain 1 1 0 0 100
 Tonga 2 2 0 0 100
 United States 3 3 0 0 100
 Uruguay 3 3 0 0 100
 Wales 112 48 61 3 42.9
 Zimbabwe 2 2 0 0 100
Total 573 242 299 32 42.2

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Notable victories

Although more recently considered underdogs of the Five Nations and Six Nations Championship, Scotland have managed a good many notable upset or "banana skin" victories, for example:


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Scotland 18 England 12 (Six Nations Championship, February 25, 2006)
Scotland 20 France 16 (Six Nations Championship, February 5, 2006)
Scotland 19 England 13 (Six Nations Championship, 2000)
Scotland 13 England 7 (Five Nations Championship, 1990)
Scotland 10 Wales 9 (Five Nations Championship, 1973)
Scotland 19 Wales 0 (Five Nations Championship, 1951)
Scotland 14 England 11 (Five Nations Championship, 1925)
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Away


France 21 Scotland 23 (Five Nations Championship, Paris, 1995) RBS Six Nations trophy The Six Nations Championship (referred to as RBS 6 Nations for sponsorship reasons), known before 2000 as the Five Nations Championship, is an annual international rugby union competition held between six European sides; England, France (since 1910), Ireland, Italy (since 2000), Scotland and Wales. ...


France 22 Scotland 36 (Five Nations Championship, Paris, 1999)
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Another notable victory outside the six nations was the 21-6 victory over South Africa in 2002 at Murrayfield.


Players

Current squad

The 30-man squad for the 2007 Rugby World Cup: The 2007 Rugby World Cup is the sixth Rugby World Cup, a quadrennial international rugby union world championship inaugurated in 1987. ...

Backs
Player
Position Club
Mike Blair Scrum-half Edinburgh
Chris Cusiter Scrum-half Perpignan
Rob Dewey Centre Ulster
Marcus di Rollo Centre Toulouse
Andrew Henderson Centre, wing Glasgow Warriors
Rory Lamont Wing, fullback Sale Sharks
Sean Lamont Wing Northampton Saints
Rory Lawson Scrum-half Gloucester
Dan Parks Fly-half Glasgow Warriors
Chris Paterson Wing, fullback, fly-half Gloucester
Hugo Southwell Fullback, centre Edinburgh
Nikki Walker Wing Ospreys
Simon Webster Wing, centre Edinburgh
Forwards
Player
Position Club
John Barclay Flanker Glasgow Warriors
Kelly Brown Flanker Glasgow Warriors
David Callam Flanker, number 8 Edinburgh
Ross Ford Hooker Glasgow Warriors
Jim Hamilton Lock Leicester Tigers
Nathan Hines Lock Perpignan
Allister Hogg Flanker, number 8 Edinburgh
Allan Jacobsen Prop Edinburgh
Gavin Kerr Prop Glasgow Warriors
Scott Lawson Hooker Sale Sharks
Scott MacLeod Lock Llanelli Scarlets
Euan Murray Prop Northampton Saints
Scott Murray Lock Montauban
Craig Smith Prop Edinburgh
Simon Taylor Number 8, flanker Stade Français
Fergus Thomson Hooker Glasgow Warriors
Jason White Flanker, lock Sale Sharks

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Official website www. ... Nathan Hines is an Australian-born rugby player who plays at lock for Edinburgh Rugby and the Scotland national rugby union team. ... A normal Rugby union team formation illustrating each of the positions and their respective numbers. ... Union Sportive Arlequins Perpignan (French) or Unió Esportiva Arlequins Perpinyà (Catalan), generally abbreviated as USAP, is a French rugby union club that plays in the city of Perpignan. ... Allister Hogg (born 20 January 1983, in Stirling, Scotland) plays rugby union at either flanker or number eight for Edinburgh Gunners and Scotland, and makes a formidable partnership with Simon Taylor at both club and country level. ... A normal Rugby union team formation illustrating each of the positions and their respective numbers. ... A normal Rugby union team formation illustrating each of the positions and their respective numbers. ... Edinburgh Rugby are one of three professional rugby union teams in Scotland, The Borders and Glasgow Rugby being the other two. ... Allan Jacobsen (born 22/09/1978 in Edinburgh) is a Scottish rugby union footballer. ... A normal Rugby union team formation illustrating each of the positions and their respective numbers. ... Edinburgh Rugby are one of three professional rugby union teams in Scotland, The Borders and Glasgow Rugby being the other two. ... Gavin Kerr is a rugby union footballer who plays prop for Leeds Tykes and Scotland. ... A normal Rugby union team formation illustrating each of the positions and their respective numbers. ... The Glasgow Warriors, formerly Glasgow Rugby, is one of three professional rugby union teams in Scotland, Edinburgh and Border Reivers being the other two. ... Scott Lawson (born 9 September 1981 in Lanark) is a Scottish rugby union player, who plays club rugby for Glasgow Warriors, and internationally for Scotland. ... A normal Rugby union team formation illustrating each of the positions and their respective numbers. ... Official website www. ... Scott MacLeod (born March 3, 1979 in Hawick) is a Scottish rugby union player, who plays for Scotlands national side, and for the Llanelli Scarlets. ... A normal Rugby union team formation illustrating each of the positions and their respective numbers. ... Official website www. ... Euan Murray (born 7 August 1980) is a Scottish rugby union footballer, currently playing for the Glasgow Warriors in the Magners League competition. ... A normal Rugby union team formation illustrating each of the positions and their respective numbers. ... Official website www. ... Scott Murray (born 15 January 1976) is a rugby union player who plays at lock for Edinburgh and Scotland. ... A normal Rugby union team formation illustrating each of the positions and their respective numbers. ... Official website www. ... Craig James Smith (born 30 August 1978) is a professional rugby player for Edinburgh Rugby in Scotland, he is one of Edinburghs most experienced players. ... A normal Rugby union team formation illustrating each of the positions and their respective numbers. ... Edinburgh Rugby are one of three professional rugby union teams in Scotland, The Borders and Glasgow Rugby being the other two. ... Simon Marcus Taylor , professional rugby union player, (Heriots FP and Edinburgh Rugby) Back-row forward, usually a number eight. ... A normal Rugby union team formation illustrating each of the positions and their respective numbers. ... A normal Rugby union team formation illustrating each of the positions and their respective numbers. ... Stade Français CASG Paris is a French rugby union club that plays in the 16th arrondissement of Paris at Stade Jean-Bouin, across the road from Parc des Princes. ... Fergus Matthew Andrew Thomson (b. ... A normal Rugby union team formation illustrating each of the positions and their respective numbers. ... The Glasgow Warriors, formerly Glasgow Rugby, is one of three professional rugby union teams in Scotland, Edinburgh and Border Reivers being the other two. ... Jason Phillip Randall White (born 17 April 1978 in Edinburgh) is a Scottish rugby union footballer. ... A normal Rugby union team formation illustrating each of the positions and their respective numbers. ... A normal Rugby union team formation illustrating each of the positions and their respective numbers. ... Official website www. ...

Inductees to the International Rugby Hall of Fame

The International Rugby Hall of Fame was created in 1997 and accepts new inductees every two years. ... Gordon Brown (1 November 1947 - 19 March 2001) was a hugely popular and much-loved Scottish international rugby union footballer with a fine sense of humour who played lock forward for West of Scotland, the Scotland national rugby union team and the British Lions. ... Andrew Gavin Hastings, OBE (born January 3, 1962 in Edinburgh) of Watsonians, Cambridge University Rugby Football Club, the Scotland national rugby union team and the British and Irish Lions was one of the outstanding rugby players of his generation, winning 61 caps for Scotland, 20 of which as captain. ... Andy Irvine was a Scottish rugby player, and is currently president of the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU). ...

Greatest XV

This has been selected by popular vote on the SRU's website and, subject to further voting, is as follows. Naturally it tends to exclude pre-1945 players, some of whom might make an all-time great Scottish XV but whose play would only have been seen by a few fans voting in the internet age.


15 Gavin Hastings
14 Andy Irvine
13 Alan Tait
12 Jim Renwick
11 Roger Baird
10 John Rutherford
9 Gary Armstrong
8 Simon Taylor
7 Finlay Calder
6 John Jeffrey
5 Scott Murray
4 Gordon Brown
3 Iain Milne
2 Jamie Styles
1 David Sole, captain
Andrew Gavin Hastings, OBE (born January 3, 1962 in Edinburgh) of Watsonians, Cambridge University Rugby Football Club, the Scotland national rugby union team and the British and Irish Lions was one of the outstanding rugby players of his generation, winning 61 caps for Scotland, 20 of which as captain. ... Andy Irvine was a Scottish rugby player, and is currently president of the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU). ... Alan Tait (born 2 July 1964 in Kelso) is assistant coach at The Borders Rugby Club and a former rugby union footballer who played outside centre for Scotland and the British & Irish Lions. ... Jim Renwick (born February 12, 1952) was one of Scotlands greatest rugby players, usually at centre. ... Roger Baird was born April 12, 1960 in Kelso, Scotland. ... John Rutherford (born 4 October 1955) is a former Scottish rugby union footballer who gained 42 caps at fly half between 1979 and 1987. ... -1... Simon Marcus Taylor , professional rugby union player, (Heriots FP and Edinburgh Rugby) Back-row forward, usually a number eight. ... Finlay (Fin) Calder, rugby player, was born on August 20, 1957 at Haddington, Scotland. ... Rugby union player. ... Scott Murray (born 15 January 1976) is a rugby union player who plays at lock for Edinburgh and Scotland. ... Gordon Brown (1 November 1947 - 19 March 2001) was a hugely popular and much-loved Scottish international rugby union footballer with a fine sense of humour who played lock forward for West of Scotland, the Scotland national rugby union team and the British Lions. ... Iain Milne (born 17 June 1958 in Edinburgh, Scotland) is a former Scotland rugby union footballer. ... Educated at Glenalmond, a public school in Perthshire. ...


Coaches

Noteworthy coaches (also players): Ian McGeechan, Jim Telfer Ian McGeechan (born on October 30, 1946) is a hugely successful rugby coach of the Northampton Saints, the Scotland national rugby union team and the British and Irish Lions. ... A former headmaster and chemistry teacher, Jim Telfer has won fame as a Scottish forwards coach who gave punishing training sessions to his players. ...


Recent national coaches have been foreigners. Frank Hadden a Scot, succeeded the Australian Matt Williams who was sacked with his staff early in 2005. Frank Hadden, the former coach of the highly successful Merchiston Castle School rugby team, and the coach of the most successful rugby team in Scotland, Edinburgh Gunners, was named interim coach for two internationals in 2005, winning them both. He was confirmed as head coach in autumn 2005. His assistants include Sean Lineen and Shade Munro. Frank Hadden (born 14 June 1954) is the current coach of the Scotland national rugby union team. ... Matt Williams the rugby football coach was the first foreign head coach of the Scotland national rugby union team. ... Frank Hadden (born 14 June 1954) is the current coach of the Scotland national rugby union team. ... This page is about the School. ... Edinburgh Rugby are one of three professional rugby union teams in Scotland, The Borders and Glasgow Rugby being the other two. ... Son of rugby player Terry Lineen. ...


Iain Paxton and Peter Wright agreed to take over coaching the national U-21 and U-19 sides respectively at the end of 2004. See here for details. They both have ambitions to coach the senior squad eventually. Iain Paxton is a Scottish rugby union player who won 36 caps at No. ... Peter Wright, who won 21 caps at prop for Scotland between 1992 and 1996, and toured New Zealand with the British Lions in 1993, has proved an inspiration at Glasgow Hawks. ...


See also

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Sources

References

  1. ^ Scotland > Head to Head Table. rugbydata.com. Retrieved on 2007-09-04.

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Preceded by
1998 - France
Five Nations Champions
1999
Succeeded by
2000 - England

 
 

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