[75] In the Autumn Internationals of 2010, Scotland lost heavily against New Zealand before recording victories against South Africa, 21–17, and Samoa, 19–16. [6] Scotland have won the title outright 15 times and shared the championship a further nine times. [24] The team benefited from consistent selection - 12 players took part in all four Five Nations matches,[23] and of the 20 players used in total throughout only two played for clubs outwith Scotland. [10][11] Scotland resumed full international matches in February 1947, losing 22–8 to Wales at Murrayfield. According to legend the "guardian thistle" has played its part in the defence of Scotland against a night attack by Norwegian Vikings, one of whom let out a yell of pain when he stepped barefoot on a thistle, alerting the Scottish defenders. They were eliminated in the quarter-final against New Zealand. He was officially designated as an "adviser to the captain". [64] Pressure on Frank Hadden started to intensify after Scotland lost to Wales[65] and then to Ireland. Since this change, Scotland have yet to win the competition. Scotland have a strong rivalry with the English national team. The Auld Alliance Trophy is awarded to the winner of the Scotland - France match in the Six Nations tournament. Scotland competed in the Five Nations from the inaugural tournament in 1883, winning it 14 times outright—including the last Five Nations in 1999—and sharing it another 8. Scotland lost to New Zealand in the quarter-final. Includes the latest news stories, results, fixtures, video and audio. The team takes part in the annual Six Nations Championship and participates in the Rugby World Cup, which takes place every four years. [47] Scotland have appointed a further three non-Scottish coaches to lead the national side, the others being Scott Johnson, an Australian, Andy Robinson, an Englishman, and Vern Cotter from New Zealand. 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[74] That summer, Scotland toured Argentina and recorded their first ever away series victory, beating the Pumas in both tests, 24–16 and 13–9. Against Ireland, in the final rugby match at Croke Park, Scotland gained their only win of the tournament 23–20 with a last-minute penalty by Dan Parks, denying the Irish the Triple Crown and assuring they themselves would avoid the wooden spoon. [6] The Six Nations started out as the Home Nations Championship in 1883, with Scotland sharing the championship with England in 1886 before winning the title outright for the first time a year later. Vern’s contract as the head coach of the Scottish international rugby union team ends in June 2017 and from then on the team will be coached by Townsend. the Firth of Forth) in the Caledonian region. Representing Scotland at international level. John Rutherford, the team's general and controlling influence, had injured his knee on an unauthorised tour of Bermuda. [76], Scotland had a poor showing in the 2011 Six Nations, winning just one match, a 21–8 victory over Italy. Fixtures and Results from across Scotland - every club, every school, every team, every league or competition - as well as all Scotland International games. [47] Following a review by the SRU and public criticism from several of his players,[49] Williams was finally sacked on 25 April 2005. Tries from Jonny Gray and Huw Jones brought Scotland to 17–22 with barely a minute to go, but it took a superb cover tackle from the All Blacks fly-half Beauden Barrett to prevent Stuart Hogg from scoring a winning try. [118] In August 2011, the Royal Bank of Scotland took over as main sponsors of Scottish Rugby, after Sir David Murray's company decided to end their sponsorship. [23] In March 1982 Scotland won away in Wales for the first time in 20 years. Scott Johnson became interim head coach for the team in December 2012. [55], In the first match of the 2006 Six Nations campaign, against France, Scotland won 20–16,[56] and this was the first time since 1999 that they had beaten France. The Scotland national rugby union team represents Scotland in men's international rugby union is administered by the Scottish Rugby Union. Pool play saw a narrow defeat by France, thanks to an injury-time try, and Scotland finished second in the pool. The Centenary Quaich is awarded to the winner of the Scotland - Ireland match in the Six Nations tournament. England later got revenge by winning the return match at the Kennington Oval, London in the following year. From the Scotland national team through club rugby down to the grassroots. The tour was concluded by a 27–22 loss to Fiji in Suva. In 1971, the SRU appointed the first coach as "adviser to the captain". [19][20] That win was part of a run of nine successive wins at Murrayfield during the 1970s for the national side, but they were unable to transfer that form outwith Scotland, only managing two away wins during the decade. [70] On 4 June 2009, ex-England, Edinburgh and Bath coach Andy Robinson was named head coach in time for the 2009 Autumn Internationals. This was the first time Scotland had been knocked out in the group stages of the Rugby World Cup. [37] The match against England in 1990 was also only the second time that Flower of Scotland was played at Murrayfield, having become Scotland's pre-match national anthem that year. The Douglas Horn Trophy is awarded to the winner of Scotland - Canada test matches. The attendance at the time was a World Record for a Rugby Union match, and remains the record attendance at Murrayfield. This meant that Scott Johnson would remain as Interim Coach until the end of that year's Six Nations Championship. The Doddie Weir Cup is awarded to the winner of the Scotland - Wales match in the Six Nations tournament. The Scotland national rugby union team represents Scotland in men's international rugby union is administered by the Scottish Rugby Union. England, the Grand Slam champions of the two previous seasons were the first visitors to Murrayfield. It was the first time that Scotland had ever played "North of the Forth" (i.e. They made their way through their group and reached the quarter finals, where they were knocked out by Argentina. [6] The Scots enjoyed occasional success in the early years, winning their first Triple Crown in 1891 and repeating the feat again in 1895,[6][7] and vying with Wales for dominance in the first decade of the 20th century. [6] Scotland were the winners of the last Five Nations in 1999, before Italy joined the competition to make it the Six Nations.[6]. The Triple Crown is awarded to the Scotland, England, Ireland or Wales national side if they can beat the other three 'Home Nation' sides in the Six Nations tournament of that year. All original content is ©2007–2021 Scottish Rugby Blog and the respective post author: strictly no reproduction of material without permission. On 3 September 2007 it was announced that the then Rangers chairman Sir David Murray's company would become the new shirt sponsor, in a deal worth £2.7 million over three years. As of 2 November 2020 , Scotland are 7th in the World Rugby Rankings. The SRU also oversees the Scotland national sevens team, which competes every year in the World Rugby Sevens Series. 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. [68] They then toured Argentina in the summer to play two tests against Argentina. "Flower of Scotland" has been used since 1990 as Scotland's unofficial national anthem. [12] 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. Today, he is the captain of the Bolivian national rugby team. 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In September 1993, a sponsorship deal was announced with The Famous Grouse, resulting in a sponsors' name being added to Scottish international players' kit for the first time in addition to the jersey manufacturers' emblem. This combination was explosive and Scotland went on to beat England 13–7 and win the Five Nations Championship with a Grand Slam. Since 2018, the Doddie Weir Cup is awarded to the winner of Scotland - Wales test matches. Four former Scotland players have been inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame: Eight former Scotland players have been inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame:[130], Twenty-three former Scotland players have been inducted into the Scottish Rugby Hall of Fame:[131]. [30] Derrick Grant was then appointed head coach. For an optimal reading experience we recommend a modern browser | This site uses cookies to remember logged in users/commenters and for statistical analysis. 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. Scotland won 53–24, their biggest ever margin of victory over Australia. [108] A week later Scotland registered a record win over the Wallabies, inflicting eight tries on the visitors in what was the Australian hooker Stephen Moore's final international game. Discover Scotland's Men's and Women's Squads, Sevens, Club XV and International Age Grades, great players from the past and Scottish players of the future. [113] In 1997 a new deal saw the Grouse logo appear on the Scotland jersey. [99] Scotland followed that win up with a victory over France at Murrayfield; Stuart Hogg, Duncan Taylor and Tim Visser scoring tries in a 29–18 win. 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. [14] 1964 was a good year for Scotland. The SFU bought some land and built the first Murrayfield Stadium which was opened on 21 March 1925. Scotland secured a win over Wales in their third game, Scotland's first since 2007. London Scottish Rugby, London, United Kingdom. The governing body in Scotland for women's rugby is Scottish Rugby. Stay in touch with Scottish Rugby’s latest updates and news in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic and the work we’re doing with our rugby clubs, supporters, sponsors and the Scottish Government to address the crisis. Scotland have traditionally worn navy blue jerseys, white shorts and blue socks. The game versus Japan was played at the home of St Johnstone F.C., McDiarmid Park, Perth. Scotland have won three Grand Slams (including the Triple Crown) in 1925, 1984 and 1990, in addition to a further seven Triple Crowns. In the third place play-off they were beaten by New Zealand. [66] They then defeated England in the Calcutta Cup with a 15–9 victory[67] before succumbing to Italy, avoiding the wooden spoon only on scoring difference. The most prominent team is the Scotland national rugby union team, which competes in the Six Nations tournament every year and in the Rugby World Cup every four years. Scotland competes annually in the Six Nations Championship, which is played against five other European nations: France, England, Ireland, Italy and Wales. He was Bill Dickinson, a lecturer at Jordanhill College, and his contribution to Scottish rugby in the 1970s was immense. Scotland had been in the lead but the match finished level. [23] The establishment of the national leagues in 1973–74 was beginning to bear fruit; the standard of club and district rugby was higher than ever and players were more accustomed to experiencing pressure in matches where the result really mattered. [22] However, he was only able to win one international in his three years in charge. The first Calcutta Cup match was played in 1879 and, since that time, over 100 matches have taken place. The victory was made more notable by the list of absentees, such as Stuart Hogg and Grieg Laidlaw, who were in New Zealand on Lions' duty. Update your browser to view this website correctly. The first visitors were Ireland, on 18 February 1899 (Scotland 3–9 Ireland). [33] The series also saw Scotland thrash England 33–6 at Murrayfield; Scotland's record win over the English, at the time one point short of Scotland's best score in any rugby union international and England's heaviest defeat in over a century. [122][123], Below is table of the representative rugby matches played by a Scotland national XV at test level up until 14 December 2020. [28], Scotland recovered their form in 1984 and achieved their second Grand Slam, and their first since 1925, under the captaincy of Jim Aitken. The Calcutta Cup is awarded to the winner of the Scotland - England match in the Six Nations tournament. Scotland won their pool, though the game against Ireland was close, and then beat Western Samoa in the quarter-final. March 30, 2011 in Scotland A Team, Scotland Age Grade, Scotland National Team, Sevens, World of Rugby By Alan Dymock Grumblings come in from many about the state of Scottish rugby, but in reality we need solutions. [40] This was Scotland's first win in Paris since 1969. [133], The current Scottish coaching set up:[134], This article is about the men's team. [112] This change strip was replaced by the traditional white one just two years later. Follow Rory on twitter @scotrugbyblog 80 comments on “ Scotland v France – The Teams ” [13], The teams from 1955–63 were an improvement. [63], Scotland opened their 2008 Six Nations campaign losing 27–6 to France at home. [53], Frank Hadden, the head coach of Edinburgh Gunners, was appointed interim coach for the 2005 summer internationals against the Barbarians and Romania,[54] winning both. 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. [132] Vern Cotter was announced as Scottish Head coach but would not take up on the role until June 2014 as he had one year left on his contract with Clermont Auvergne. Scotland team & fans sing Flower of Scotland. [90] Vern Cotter finally assumed his role as head coach, and in June of the same year Scotland won three tests against the top teams of the Americas, before being hammered by South Africa 55–6. Robinson was no stranger to Scottish rugby as, like his predecessor Hadden, had been the head coach of Edinburgh Rugby and joint coach of Scotland A before being promoted head coach of the national side. [87], During the 2013 Six Nations, Scotland won their matches against Italy and Ireland to finish third, their best finish in the competition since 2006. The official Facebook page for Scottish Rugby. [77] In the 2011 Rugby World Cup, Scotland struggled to beat Romania 34–24 and Georgia 15–6,[78][79] before losing 13–12 to Argentina. He was succeeded by his assistant, the former Hawick fly-half, Colin Telfer (not a relative). [23], Jim Telfer became national coach in 1980,[24] inheriting a squad of genuine potential. Clare Cribbes was the youngest player ever to play for Scotland in a World Cup. 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. Wales Rugby Team Sport Wales v Scotland team announcement as Wayne Pivac makes six changes for Six Nations finale Wales coach Pivac has ripped up the team which lost to France - … [7] In January 1946, Scotland played and defeated a strong New Zealand Armed Forces team by 11–6. This was Scotland's first win in Australia since 1982 and the first time in 30 years that Scotland defeated Australia more than once in a row. [110], The thistle is the national flower, and also the symbol of the Scotland national rugby union team. [96][97], Scotland lost their first two games in the 2016 Six Nations Championship, extending their losing streak in the Six Nations to nine matches, their worst run in the championship since the 1950s. Fifteen years ago, Mark Camburn was a Scottish backpacker traipsing around South America. [41], The third World Cup, held in South Africa, came in 1995. The English could hardly ignore such a challenge and this led to the first-ever rugby international match being played at Academical Cricket Club's ground at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh, on Monday 27 March 1871. [24] Scotland then went on to draw with the All Blacks 25–25 in the late autumn. Before 1971, there was no appointed coach of the Scotland team, the role being assumed by the captain. 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).[111]. The Hopetoun Cup is awarded to the winner of Scotland - Australia test matches. Their best finish came in 1991, where they lost to the All Blacks in the third place play-off. [24] Colin Telfer took over for a year before being succeeded by Derrick Grant in the autumn of 1985. 5.9K likes. The Rugby World Cup was introduced in 1987 and Scotland have competed in all nine competitions, the most recent being in 2019, where they failed to reach the quarter-finals. [15] The Calcutta Cup was won 15–6, the first time since 1950[16] and they shared the Five Nations title in 1964 with Wales. [62] This was Italy's biggest ever victory over Scotland, home or away. On 27 June 1988, Ian McGeechan was appointed as head coach to succeed Derrick Grant who had retired after the end of the 1988 Five Nations series. [citation needed] 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. The Scotland women's national rugby union team has competed in five of the Women's Rugby World Cups and has an important role in the rugby world stage. [86] Each year, this fixture is played out as part of the Six Nations, with Scotland having last won in 2018. [23][29] He lasted just over a year, enduring a whitewash in the 1985 Five Nations, before resigning to concentrate on his business. [47][48][49] In 2004 Williams attempted to introduce a controversial "Fortress Scotland" policy, whereby only those currently playing in Scotland were eligible to play in the national team. The national age-grade side represent Scotland in both the U20 Six Nations and World Rugby U20 Championship. [124], On the 5 November for the 2020 Autumn Nations Cup, Townsend named a 35-man squad which including a recall for Sean Maitland.[125]. Tweet me video requests - https://twitter.com/ADF0110Any enquiries? [116] In May 2007, after seventeen years, The Famous Grouse ended its shirt sponsorship with the team. [44], Scotland endured a torrid Six Nations in 2000, losing their first four straight games. [6][9], The outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939 brought rugby union in Scotland to a halt. EXCLUSIVE: A Scottish Women's Rugby player being treated for coronavirus spent days training near to Team GB Olympians at their base in Loughborough before she was diagnosed. Scotland has competed in every Rugby World Cup since the inaugural tournament in 1987. [23] Fewer players were being selected from English clubs to represent Scotland as the domestic game was producing an adequate number of players of genuine international class for the first time since the First World War. Scotland v Italy . As the current job of Gregor as the head coach of the Glasgow Warriors team ends after the 2016-17 season , the Scottish Rugby thought it wise to instill this former Scottish international as the head coach. [citation needed] These teams play in international club competitions such as the Heineken Cup and the Pro14. Gregor Townsend took over as head coach in June 2017. [7] However, Scotland's triumph in 1907 would be the last for eighteen years as the First World War (1914–1918) and England's dominance afterwards would deny them glory. December 31, 2020 1:42 Looking forward to more of this in 2021! But since Macron took over as kit supplier, the number fonts on the back of their kits were Arial rounded MT bold (or Oswald Bold, during the 2015 Rugby World Cup). As of 2 November 2020[update], Scotland are 7th in the World Rugby Rankings.[1]. [89], In August 2016 it was announced that Gregor Townsend would replace Vern Cotter as Scotland head coach in June 2017 when his contract expired. Representing Glasgow and the West of Scotland, Glasgow Warriors compete in the Guinness PRO14 and Heineken Champions Cup. Scottish perspective on news, sport, business, lifestyle, food and drink and more, from Scotland's national newspaper, The Scotsman. [105] This was a record defeat against the English, and a result which ended their hopes of winning the Six Nations. Scotland played Australia in the quarter-finals, and with 30 seconds remaining led 34–32. In 1951, the touring Springboks massacred Scotland 44–0 scoring nine tries, a then record defeat. [18] Nairn McEwan took the reins in 1977 for three years[22] before the team was led by Jim Telfer in 1980. [26][27] After this, the 1983 season was a disappointment; losing their first three Five Nations matches. [47] However his tenure was both controversial and unsuccessful, marred by a string of poor results and fall-outs with coaches and players. Their best finish was fourth in 1991. [2][3][4], The Calcutta Cup was donated to the Rugby Football Union in 1878 by the members of the short-lived Calcutta Rugby Club. [40][41] The last Five Nations match was another Grand Slam decider against England; however, this time the English defeated the Scots 24–12, largely due to the kicking prowess of Rob Andrew. This was first used against the New Zealand Māori on 14 November 1998. [citation needed], On 1 March 1975, around 104,000 spectators watched Scotland defeat Wales 12–10 in a Five Nations match at Murrayfield. A week later Scotland defeated Australia 24–19 in Sydney, the second time in a row Scotland had won on Australian soil. Scott Johnson was Robinson's assistant coach when Robinson stood down in 2013, which ended in the result of Johnson being announced as interim head coach for Scotland in 2013, taking the team through the 2013 Six Nations Championship and the 2013 South African Quadrangular Tournament. Sign-up for our newsletter today to receive the latest updates, content and releases from Scottish Rugby. [45] but won the final game against England 19–13 under captain Andy Nicol. [88] On 27 May 2013, it was announced that Vern Cotter would become head coach of Scotland, but the SRU had to wait until 2014 as club Clermont failed to reach an agreement with the SRU to release Cotter a year early from his contract. Robinson took the reins in 2009 after Frank Hadden stepped down. [22] Nevertheless, rugby in Scotland was clearly developing. [7], In 1925 Scotland already had victories over France at Inverleith (25–4), Wales in Swansea (24–14) and Ireland in Dublin (14–8). [69], In a dismal 2009 Six Nations campaign, Scotland won just one match for a second consecutive year (against Italy) and thus, on 2 April 2009 Frank Hadden resigned as head coach of the national side. [117] The Famous Grouse did maintain a low profile link to the Scottish Rugby Union by becoming the main spirit sponsor. [115] During this time, when Scotland played test matches in France, The Famous Grouse logo was replaced by the initials "TFG" due to the Evin law that bans any alcohol advertisement (including in sports events) in France.