First Minister Hails Calcutta Cup Triumph

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond, Scottish Parliament Presiding Officer Alex Fergusson and MSPs from across the political spectrum were at Holyrood today to offer their congratulations to the Scotland team on their immense Calcutta Cup success. Scotland coach Frank Hadden and captain Mike Blair were invited to the Scottish Parliament with the venerable trophy - made from melted down Indian rupees and first contested between Scotland and the Auld Enemy 129 years ago.

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond, Scottish Parliament Presiding Officer Alex Fergusson and MSPs from across the political spectrum were at Holyrood today to offer their congratulations to the Scotland team on their immense Calcutta Cup success.

Scotland coach Frank Hadden and captain Mike Blair were invited to the Scottish Parliament with the venerable trophy - made from melted down Indian rupees and first contested between Scotland and the Auld Enemy 129 years ago.

Mr Salmond said: "It's wonderful to be able to wave our national team off to Italy with the Calcutta Cup sitting proudly in Murrayfield.

Saturday's win was thoroughly merited after such a professional and gutsy performance and I have no doubt that it will act as a terrific confidence boost to the team - and fans - as they travel to Rome for their final match in the Six Nations tournament.

Our tackling on Saturday was phenomenal - Jason White's massive hit on Paul Sackey will live long in the memory. If Scotland can match the consistency they displayed in the win over England then we can replicate our World Cup success over the Italians.

All of Scotland is right behind Frank Hadden and the squad."
Mr Fergusson said: "Saturday's match was a fantastic win, which I'm sure had much of Scotland on the edge of their seats. I'm sure the team will build on this great victory in the next match in Rome and I wish them every success._x001D_

Frank Hadden said: _x001C_We know how much the win at Murrayfield last weekend meant to Scots around the world and the First Minister and MSPs are among many to have articulated the joy they felt at our success.

Our focus, now, though is on putting in a performance against Italy in Rome, which will enable us to finish the RBS 6 Nations Championship on a high._x001D_