Scotland begin their Six Nations campaign with a trip to Johnny Sexton’s Ireland

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Scotland have been guilty of “beating ourselves” in recent matches, says newly-appointed captain Stuart Hogg.

The Exeter Chiefs full-back, 27, leads Gregor Townsend’s men in the forthcoming Six Nations, beginning with a trip to Ireland on 1 February.

In 2019, Scotland managed just one championship victory and were dumped out of the World Cup at the group stage after being trounced by the Irish.

“The main thing is sticking to our processes,” Hogg told BBC Sport.

“At times when we’ve been beaten, we’ve beaten ourselves. We’ve coughed up ball cheaply, we’ve conceded two or three early tries and our gameplan’s kind of gone out the window.

“We’ve learned from that, we’re hoping to take our opportunities when they’re available, go out there and play our game.”

Townsend has replaced departing defence coach Matt Taylor with former Ospreys boss Steve Tandy, and brought in former France prop Pieter de Villiers as a scrum consultant.

Scotland have won just once in Dublin in 11 attempts dating back to 2000 – a 23-20 victory 10 years ago.

Ireland, Grand Slam winners in 2018, hammered Townsend’s men 27-3 in their World Cup opener.

“We pride ourselves on our defence, we’ve got a new [defence] coach who is bringing in different systems and hopefully we can show what it means to play for Scotland,” Hogg added.

“We’re going to attack their attack and attack when we’ve got the ball. For us to go away to Ireland in the first game is perfect for us.

“We’re going to go across there, play with ambition, have some fun and do everything in our power to make sure we start our campaign in the best possible way.

“They’ve got world-class individuals and world-class coaches but it’s a challenge we’re very much looking forward to.”