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Monday 11 December 2017

Scotland are bored of losing

SCOTLAND'S players are eager to savour the unfamiliar winning feeling against Ireland on Saturday week and revive their Six Nations campaign.

Following losses to England and Wales, Scotland were beaten 23-17 by World Cup finalists France on Sunday to suffer a fifth straight Test defeat for the first time since 2004.

Flanker Ross Rennie said: "Everyone's just a bit bored of this feeling. It's very frustrating. We've got two games left and everyone's going to be targeting two weeks' time to try to put that record right."

There will be changes for the trip to Dublin after wing Rory Lamont required surgery to stabilise a fractured fibula, while Sean Lamont, brother of Rory, Graeme Morrison, Greig Laidlaw, Mike Blair, Richie Gray, John Barclay and Jim Hamilton suffered problems.



Parks to join Connacht

Former Scotland out-half Dan Parks will become the newest player to sign for Connacht when he completes a move to the Sportsground this week.

The record points scorer in the RaboDirect Pro12 will move to Connacht on a two-year deal as Eric Elwood strengthens his squad for next season.

Australian-born Parks, 33, who has spent the past two seasons with Cardiff, is the second major signing for Connacht in the past week after Leinster prop Nathan White confirmed he will join for three years in the summer.

Meanwhile, Niall O'Connor, a rival to Parks, has been ruled out of next Friday's trip to the Scarlets after suffering a knock in the 26-13 win over Edinburgh.



Wales move up in world

Wales have climbed above England in the latest International Rugby Board world rankings, which were published today.

Wales won the Triple Crown and stayed top of the Six Nations Championship after a 19-12 victory over England at Twickenham on Saturday.

The top four countries at the end of this year will be the seeded teams at the 2015 World Cup in England.

Ireland remain in eighth spot.

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