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  1. Vern Cotter names 37-man Scotland squad for Six Nations
  2. 'We'll try to nail every one [Six Nations game]'
  3. Centres Matt Scott & Duncan Taylor return to fold
  4. This year's championship will be New Zealander's last in charge of the national side
  5. He will take over as Montpellier coach this summer and succeeded by Gregor Townsend

Live Reporting

By Thomas McGuigan

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    That just about does it for our live page coverage of Vern Cotter's squad announcement for the upcoming Six Nations.

    With the Scots finishing fourth in last season's championship after wins against Italy and France, Cotter will be aiming to go out with a bang...

    We'll have further reaction to Cotter's 37-man squad on our site later.

    Thanks for your company.  

  2. Get Involved - Scotland squad reaction

    TheLastKingOfEngland: Looks like a good squad, Scotland are definitely improving, and were unlucky not to pick up more wins in the autumn internationals. I think they're a while away from winning the tournament, but should be challenging for a top half finish.  

  3. Get Involved - Scotland squad reaction


    Obsen: Good squad. Scotland is going through a purple-patch regarding centres. Front row is an issue. Scotland really needs a fit Nel. Generally, the backs speak for themselves: a back three of Maitland, Seymour and Hogg. The back-row is where Vern Cotter needs to use all of his rugby experience. Some rich pickings to use, at 6, 7 and 8.  

  4. Scotland's Six Nations matches

    •  4 February - Scotland v Ireland (14:25)
    • 12 February - France v Scotland (15:00)
    • 25 February - Scotland v Wales (14:25)
    • 11 March - England v Scotland (16:00)
    • 18 March - Scotland v Italy (12:30)  
  5. Scotland sqaud

    Forwards: Alex Allan (Glasgow Warriors), Simon Berghan (Edinburgh Rugby), Allan Dell (Edinburgh Rugby), Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors), Willem Nel (Edinburgh Rugby), Gordon Reid (Glasgow Warriors), Jon Welsh (Newcastle Falcons), Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors), Ross Ford (Edinburgh Rugby), Stuart McInally (Edinburgh Rugby), Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors), Richie Gray (Toulouse), Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh Rugby), Tim Swinson (Glasgow Warriors), Ben Toolis (Edinburgh Rugby), John Barclay (Scarlets), Cornell Du Preez (Edinburgh Rugby), John Hardie (Edinburgh Rugby), Rob Harley (Glasgow Warriors), Josh Strauss (Glasgow Warriors), Hamish Watson (Edinburgh Rugby), Ryan Wilson (Glasgow Warriors)

    Backs: Greig Laidlaw (Gloucester), Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors), Henry Pyrgos (Glasgow Warriors), Finn Russell (Glasgow Warriors), Duncan Weir (Edinburgh Rugby), Mark Bennett (Glasgow Warriors), Alex Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors), Huw Jones, Matt Scott (Gloucester), Duncan Taylor (Saracens), Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors), Damien Hoyland (Edinburgh Rugby), Sean Maitland (Saracens), Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors), Tim Visser (Harlequins)  

  6. Scotland squad recap...

    Vern Cotter has recalled Gloucester centre Matt Scott to his squad ahead of the Six Nations.

    Fellow centre Duncan Taylor, of Saracens, is back after missing the autumn Tests through injury.

    Uncapped Edinburgh forwards Simon Berghan and Cornell du Preez are included but prop Alasdair Dickinson is not fit.

    Bath back row David Denton also misses out through injury, along with Glasgow pair Pete Horne and Rory Hughes.

    This year's championship will be New Zealander Cotter's last in charge of the national side.

    He will take over as Montpellier coach this summer and will be replaced by Glasgow Warriors' Gregor Townsend.

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  7. Injury update ...

    Tom English

    BBC Sport Scotland at Murrayfield

    Vern Cotter confirms that WP Nel is going for a scan on his neck later on today. It has to be said, he doesn't sound overly confident that Nel will be available. Cotter includes the uncapped Cornell du Preez ahead of Magnus Bradbury. 

    "He's a more seasoned and a more experienced player, Cornell. He's more physical in contact. Magnus has not started games that well. He's finished games well when the intensity has dropped but he needs to work on that." 

  8. 'Push them a lot closer'

    Tom English

    BBC Sport Scotland at Murrayfield

    Vern Cotter: "The Oriam facility has been brilliant. This time last year we spent two weeks at St Andrews in wind and horizontal rain.

    "Ireland have just beaten New Zealand and Australia, but if we get a bounce of the ball I'd like to think we can push them a lot closer than previously."

  9. 'We'll try to nail every one'

    Tom English

    BBC Sport Scotland at Murrayfield

    Vern Cotter says Scotland's aim is to win every game. 

    "We'll try to nail every one. Is it the best squad I've had here? Maybe. But everybody is improving. Look at Ireland. Look at England. The challenge is there and it's exciting."

  10. Competition in midfield 'fierce'

    Tom English

    BBC Sport Scotland at Murrayfield

    "There's a return for Jon Welsh, the Newcastle prop. Welsh has not played for Scotland since the storied World Cup loss to Australia in autumn 2015. There's also a reappearance for Matt Scott, who was left out for the autumn internationals despite playing wonderfully for his new club, Gloucester. Ben Toolis also makes it having not appeared since the Six Nations of 2015.

    "The competition in Scotland's midfield is now fierce. This is probably - almost certainly - the best set of centres the country has ever had. Cotter has named five - Mark Bennett, Alex Dunbar, Huw Jones, Scott and Duncan Taylor, who is also back after injury ruled him out of the autumn.

    "Alasdair Dickinson is left out because of injury - and that's a blow. Scotland could do with Dickinson's experience at loosehead. Cotter says that if Scotland can get their mindset right they can "push for wins" in every game."

    Scotland's Jon Welsh
    Image caption: Jon Welsh hasn't played for Scotland since the storied World Cup loss to Australia in autumn 2015
  11. 'Berghan is a surprise'

    Tom English

    BBC Sport Scotland at Murrayfield

    "Vern Cotter has named his squad for the Six Nations, a whopper with 37 players and some interesting stories. Simon Berghan, the Edinburgh prop, and Cornell du Perez, the now Scotland-qualified Edinburgh back-row, are the only uncapped players included. 

    "Berghan is a surprise. He makes it largely because of another injury worry about WP Nel.

    "The South African only returned to playing last weekend after a long lay-off but now has another concern. He lasted only 27 minutes of his comeback. He'll get the results of a scan today. 

    "Scotland desperately need him fit and healthy again. Nel is a world class operator at tighthead..." 

    Edinburgh's Simon Berghan