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Vern Cotter

Scotland head coach Vern Cotter during the International match between Scotland and Argentina at Murrayfield Stadium on November 8, 2014
On This Day: Vern Cotter confirmed as new Scotland head coach
New Zealander would go on to enjoy a fine spell at the helm.
May 27, 08:13
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Result: Leigh Halfpenny inspires Wales to victory over Scotland in Six Nations opener
Wales get their Six Nations campaign off to a superb start with a 34-7 thrashing of Scotland in Saturday's tournament opener at Cardiff's Principality Stadium.
Feb 3, 16:10
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Gregor Townsend learning from Pep Guardiola
Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend reveals that he is taking inspiration from Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola when preparing for the Autumn Internationals.
Oct 23, 15:16
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Billy Vunipola, Anthony Watson to start for England in Grand Slam decider
England head coach Eddie Jones names Billy Vunipola and Anthony Watson in his starting XV for Saturday's Six Nations Grand Slam showdown in Ireland.
Mar 16, 10:16
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John Hardie ruled out of Six Nations
Scotland's John Hardie is ruled out of the Six Nations games with England and Italy through injury.
Feb 26, 13:57
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Vern Cotter eyeing Twickenham Six Nations victory
Vern Cotter claims that his Scotland team are "on a roll" ahead of the Six Nations clash with England.
Feb 26, 13:30
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John Barclay to captain much-changed Scotland against Wales
Flanker John Barclay will captain Scotland against Wales in the absence of the injured Greig Laidlaw as Vern Cotter makes five changes to his side.
Feb 23, 15:24
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Vern Cotter: 'Scotland must not seek revenge against Australia'
Vern Cotter says that Scotland must avoid falling into the "trap" of looking for revenge against Australia at Murrayfield on Saturday.
Nov 10, 18:30
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Ross Ford to win 100th Scotland cap
Scotland hooker Ross Ford will win his 100th cap against Australia after being included in Vern Cotter's starting lineup for the match at Murrayfield.
Nov 10, 14:40
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Scotland head coach Vern Cotter to take over at Montpellier
Scotland head coach Vern Cotter agrees a deal to take over French Top 14 side Montpellier ahead of the 2017-18 season.
Sep 28, 16:50
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Alex Dunbar to make first Scotland appearance in over a year
Alex Dunbar will make his first appearance for Scotland in more than a year in Sunday's Six Nations clash against France at Murrayfield.
Mar 11, 12:57
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Tim Visser comes in for Scotland
Fit-again Tim Visser comes into the Scotland team to face Italy at the weekend, with Sean Lamont dropping down to the bench.
Feb 25, 10:55
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Vern Cotter 'frustrated' by Scotland defeat
Scotland head coach Vern Cotter admits that his side wasted their opportunities in their Six Nations defeat to England, but believes that the problems can be fixed.
Feb 6, 22:22
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Stuart Hogg: 'Scotland did themselves justice'
Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg tells Sports Mole that his side have done themselves justice at the World Cup following their disappointing showing in the Six Nations.
Oct 18, 23:22
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Josh Strauss: 'Scotland can win Six Nations'
Scotland back-row Josh Strauss tells Sports Mole that his side can win the 2016 Six Nations, having come closer than any of their rivals to the World Cup semi-finals.
Oct 18, 23:04
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Interview: Scotland centre Peter Horne
Scotland centre Peter Horne speaks to Sports Mole after his side's cruel last-gasp 35-34 defeat to Australia in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals.
Oct 18, 22:38
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Stuart Hogg backs Scotland for Six Nations glory
Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg tells Sports Mole that his side can win the Six Nations title next year following their gallant performance at the Rugby World Cup.
Oct 18, 22:06
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Lewis Moody: 'Scotland blew Australia victory themselves'
Lewis Moody claims that Scotland's decision to throw long at a lineout in wet conditions cost them a place in the Rugby World Cup semi-finals.
Oct 18, 21:52
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Interview: Scotland back-row Blair Cowan on Rugby World Cup exit
Scotland back-row Blair Cowan speaks to Sports Mole about his side's World Cup quarter-final defeat to Australia and why there is cause for optimism for the future.
Oct 18, 20:31
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Will Genia "amazed" by Scotland performance
Australia scrum-half Will Genia tells Sports Mole that he was "amazed" by the level of Scotland's performance during their Rugby World Cup quarter-final at Twickenham.
Oct 18, 20:10
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Greig Laidlaw: 'Scotland have made great strides'
Scotland scrum-half Greig Laidlaw tells Sports Mole that his side have come far since this year's Six Nations whitewash following their Rugby World Cup exit.
Oct 18, 19:43
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Matt Dawson demands explanation over Australia penalty decision
Matt Dawson claims that either Craig Joubert or World Rugby should explain why Australia were awarded a last-minute penalty against Scotland.
Oct 18, 18:34
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Vern Cotter praises "brave" Scotland effort against Australia
Vern Cotter hails the "brave effort" of Scotland after their last-minute defeat at the hands of Australia in the Rugby World Cup.
Oct 18, 18:07
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Result: Australia reach semi-finals with thrilling last-gasp win over Scotland
Bernard Foley scores a penalty in the last minute to book Australia's place in the semi-finals courtesy of a thrilling 35-34 victory over Scotland at Twickenham.
Oct 18, 17:47
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Half-Time Report: Scotland build suprise lead over Australia
Scotland are on course to reach the semi-finals of the Rugby World Cup for the first time in 24 years having taken a 16-15 lead into the halfway stage against Australia.
Oct 18, 16:46
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Scotland flanker Blair Cowan: 'Write us off at your peril'
Scotland flanker Blair Cowan states that the team's quarter-final against Australia is the biggest game of their lives, but that they will relish being the underdogs.
Oct 17, 15:09
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Jonny Gray, Ross Ford suspensions overturned
Scotland are given a major boost after the suspensions handed to Ross Ford and Jonny Gray are overturned ahead of their quarter-final tie against South Africa.
Oct 17, 14:55
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Four Scotland changes for Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Australia
Vern Cotter names his Scotland starting XV to face Australia in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals, with four changes from their last win over Samoa.
Oct 16, 12:14
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Scotland to appeal Ross Ford, Jonny Gray bans?
Scotland are reportedly considering lodging an appeal against the three-match bans handed out to Ross Ford and Jonny Gray.
Oct 14, 19:59
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Vern Cotter: 'Greig Laidlaw outstanding against Samoa'
Vern Cotter says that Greig Laidlaw's performance during Scotland's 36-33 Rugby World Cup victory over Samoa was "outstanding".
Oct 10, 19:11
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Live Commentary: Samoa 33-36 Scotland - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's live text coverage of Scotland's thrilling 36-33 victory over Samoa, as the Dark Blues booked their place in the quarter-finals.
Oct 10, 13:59
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Finn Russell, Stuart Hogg fit for Scotland's crunch match with Samoa
Finn Russell and Stuart Hogg are both passed fit as Scotland coach Vern Cotter makes seven changes to his starting lineup for Saturday's do-or-die match against Samoa.
Oct 8, 12:34
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Result: South Africa fight past spirited Scotland to go top of Rugby World Cup Pool B
South Africa go top of Rugby World Cup Pool B with a dominant victory over previous leaders Scotland in Newcastle.
Oct 3, 18:38
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Live Commentary: South Africa 34-16 Scotland - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's live coverage of South Africa's 34-16 win over Scotland at the Rugby World Cup.
Oct 3, 16:30
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Vern Cotter makes 10 Scotland changes for South Africa showdown
Vern Cotter shakes up his Scotland side again for Saturday's Rugby World Cup Pool B showdown against South Africa in Newcastle.
Oct 1, 12:26
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Flanker Blair Cowan ready to start for Scotland following call-up
Flanker Blair Cowan, who replaces the injured Grant Gilchrist in the Scotland squad, states that he is ready to start the team's clash with South Africa on Saturday.
Sep 29, 19:31
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Scotland call up Blair Cowan to replace injured Grant Gilchrist
Blair Cowan replaces Grant Gilchrist in Scotland's Rugby World Cup squad after the latter's tournament was ended by injury.
Sep 29, 10:08
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Scotland coach Vern Cotter not considering changes for South Africa yet
Scotland coach Vern Cotter tells Sports Mole that, despite a big impact from his replacements against USA, team selection for South Africa is not yet on his mind.
Sep 27, 21:21
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Scotland winger Sean Maitland: 'We let ourselves down in first half'
Winger Sean Maitland tells Sports Mole that Scotland let themselves down in the first half against the USA and must start quicker against South Africa next weekend.
Sep 27, 20:25
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Vern Cotter: 'Scotland very happy with second-half performance against USA'
Vern Cotter says that Scotland are "very happy" with their second-half performance after coming from behind to beat USA at the Rugby World Cup.
Sep 27, 18:33

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Thursday's key events

· The women's heptathlon continues with the long jump, javelin and 800m, with Katarina Johnson-Thompson now out of contention following an injury (1.10am-1.40pm)
· Andrew Pozzi pursues his dream of an Olympic medal in the men's 110m hurdles final (3.55am)
· Tom Bosworth and Callum Wilkinson are among the British hopes in the men's 20km race walk (8.30am)
· Holly Bradshaw aims to improve on fifth in Rio to challenge Greece's Katerina Stefanidi and Anzhelika Sidorova of Russia for an unlikely medal in the women's pole vault (11am)
· London 2012 champion Kirani James goes up against current world champion Steven Gardiner in the men's 400m final (1pm)

· One of the toughest Olympic events takes place in Tokyo Bay as GB's Hector Pardoe takes on the men's 20km marathon swim (10.30pm Wed)

· Galal Yafai takes on takes on Kazakhstan's Saken Bibossinov for a spot in the gold medal bout of the fly (48kg-52kg) class (6.48am)

· Lois Toulson and Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix (daughter of First Dates' Fred Sirieix) line up for the women's 10m platform (semi-final 2am; final 7am)

· Australia face Belgium in the men's final (11am)

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