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Scotland call in new faces for Australia clash

Scotland call in new faces for Australia clash

By PA Sport
Last update The 02/06/2012 at 13:37 -
By PA Sport - The 02/06/2012 at 13:37
Andy Robinson has named a side featuring six changes from that which finished the Six Nations defeat to Italy as he seeks to arrest a run of poor results against Australia on Tuesday.

Glasgow prop Ryan Grant will win his first cap, while Edinburgh centre Matt Scott will make his first start as he wins a second.

At least this time he will be able to prepare to play in his preferred position, unlike his debut when he was called into the squad at 20 minutes' notice, and then came off the bench to play at wing for the first time in his career.

Not all of Robinson's changes are through choice, though. Jim Hamilton is out after fighting on the final weekend of the Aviva Premiership season, while Castres refused to release Max Evans in time.

Grant has won the battle with Glasgow club-mate Jon Welsh, who started the last match after Allan Jacobsen, who has been rested for the tour, twisted an ankle in the pre-game warm-up.

Scott, however, probably realised he had a strong chance of starting every game at inside centre after Graeme Morrison, who filled the berth in the last game, was left at home.

The one-off Test against the Wallabies will be played at Newcastle, in Australia's Hunter Valley, on Tuesday.

Scotland team: Stuart Hogg (Glasgow); Joe Ansbro (Edinburgh), Nick De Luca (Edinburgh), Scott (Edinburgh), Sean Lamont (Scarlets); Greig Laidlaw (Edinburgh), Mike Blair (Edinburgh), Grant (Glasgow), Ross Ford (C) (Glasgow), Euan Murray (Newcastle), Alastair Kellock (Glasgow), Richie Gray (Glasgow), Alasdair Strokosch (Gloucester), Ross Rennie (Edinburgh), John Barclay (Glasgow).

Replacements: Scott Lawson (Gloucester), Jon Welsh (Glasgow), Tom Ryder (Glasgow), Richie Vernon (Sale), Chris Cusiter (Glasgow), Duncan Weir (Glasgow), Tom Brown (Edinburgh).

 
 

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