Scotland

Scotland weakened further

Prop WP Nel (arm fracture) and lock Tim Swinson (hand) will miss the remainder of 2017, which also includes a test against Australia on November 25, after picking up injuries in the 44-38 victory over Samoa on Saturday.

Flanker Rob Harley, who injured his knee in training last week, will also not feature again this year.

Newcastle Falcons prop Jon Welsh has been added to the squad as cover and could play his first test in more than two years having last appeared in the 2015 Rugby World Cup quarterfinal loss to Australia at Twickenham.

Kidwell pleased with Kiwis win

Having drawn last year's Four Nations clash with the Bravehearts, David Kidwell's troops hit the ground running in Christchurch and were near-untouchable.

They ran in 14 tries to one, with Peta Hiku and Te Maire Martin scoring hat-tricks.

Taumalolo runs riot in big Tonga win

The team that was the talk of the World Cup prior to the tournament kicked off due to the high-profile inclusions of Jason Taumalolo and Andrew Fifita wasted no time to show that what is on paper will transfer to the field, Michael Jennings scoring the opening four-pointer of his first half hat-trick inside the first three minutes.

Tonga live up to hype with convincing win against Scotland

 Scotland was blown away by the might of Tonga’s compelling first outing, conceding 38 points in the first half as they were simply unable to cope with the constant vigour of the Mate Ma’a players.

The 9,216 fans were treated to a powerful pre-game war cry from Tonga, which followed an emotional rendition of their national anthem.

The entertainment ensued from the get-go as Scotland almost regained their own kick-off, sending players squaring off against each other just seconds into the game.

Tonga credentials on show against Scotland

Fifita and Taumalolo. They're the names that will be the focus after their landmark pre-tournament defections from Australia and New Zealand respectively.

The sheer athletic ability the two possess, coupled with the the unpredictable and somewhat underrated brilliance of Michael Jennings, mean that Tonga's first outing will be viewed as a building block for international rugby league. 

The two hulking forwards will be the driving forces for Tonga, enabling their formidable backline to unleash their attacking potency. 

Hannah Gadsby named joint winner of Comedy Award

The comedian's show Nanette was declared joint winner of the Best Comedy Award with that of British stand-up John Robins' The Darkness of Robins.

It has been a record-breaking year for Gadsby after taking out the Best Comedy Performer at the Helpmann Awards, the Barry Award for Best Show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the award for Best Comedy at the Adelaide Fringe Festival.

Flying Fijians name four debutants to face Scotland

Olympic Sevens gold medallist Josua Tuisova, who plies his trade at French giants Toulon, has been selected on the right wing, while Mosese Ducivaki, Sikeli Nabou and John Stewart are all included on the bench for the match at ANZ Stadium.

There are five furtherchanges to the starting fifteen with Sunia Koto, Tevita Cavubati, Peceli Yato, Patrick Osborne and Albert Vulivuli also getting an opportunity.

Ireland pushes Wallabies into fourth spot

Ireland have moved up one spot following their 50-22 win over Japan while Scotland beat the Wallabies in Sydney 24-19.

Joe Schmidt's Irish side added seven tries to the nine they managed against the USA the week before in Philadelphia as they registered another convincing victory in the second match of their three-game tour of North America and Japan.

Australia are now fourth on the world rankings, just ahead of Scotland.

Scotland leap-frogged South Africa into fifth place.

Genia: 'I was responsible for 14 of Scotland's points'

Genia had one of his worst games in recent memory, with two errors that led directly to Scotland’s opening tries, one an errant pass that led to Tatafu Polota-Nau throwing an intercept and the other a charge down that put Finn Russell over.

“I was responsible for 14 points there with a poor pass and a charge down which was quite big in terms of the result of the game. So, I take responsibility for that and it's obviously disappointing.”

Saracens, Scotland without Maitland

The wing sustained an injury to his right ankle in Sarries' loss to Wasps earlier this month and had surgery this week. He is expected to be out of action for 12 weeks.

Maitland has scored eight tries during his first season with the club after his move from London Irish and will be unavailable for the Premiership semi-final at Exeter Chiefs this Saturday.

The 28-year-old will also miss the decider on May 27, should the holders, who have retained their European Champions Cup crown, reach the domestic showpiece at Twickenham.