Scotland national rugby union team
The Scotland national rugby union team represents Scotland in men's international rugby union and is administered by the Scottish Rugby Union. The team takes part in the annual Six Nations Championship and participates in the Rugby World Cup, which takes place every four years. As of 8 November 2021[update], Scotland are 7th in the World Rugby Rankings.
|Union||Scottish Rugby Union|
|Head coach||Gregor Townsend|
|Most caps||Ross Ford (110)|
|Top scorer||Chris Paterson (809)|
|Top try scorer||Stuart Hogg (25)|
|Home stadium||Murrayfield Stadium|
|World Rugby ranking|
|Current||7 (as of 25 October 2021)|
| Scotland 1–0 England |
(Edinburgh, Scotland; 27 March 1871)
| Scotland 100–8 Japan |
(13 November 2004)
| Scotland 10–68 South Africa |
(Edinburgh, Scotland; 6 December 1997)
|Appearances||9 (First in 1987)|
|Best result||Fourth place, 1991|
The history of the team extends back to 1871 when the Scottish rugby team played their first official test match, winning 1–0 against England at Raeburn Place. 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. 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 nine competitions, the most recent being in 2019, where they failed to reach the quarter-finals. Their best finish came in 1991, where they lost to the All Blacks in the third place play-off.
Scotland have a strong rivalry with the English national team. They both compete annually for the Calcutta Cup. Each year, this fixture is played out as part of the Six Nations, with Scotland having last won in 2021.