Paterson on the verge of history
September 8, 2011
Paterson has already played in three World Cups for Scotland © PA Photos
Chris Paterson will join the illustrious list of players to have appeared in four World Cups after being named at fullback for Andy Robinson's Scotland for their clash with Romania.
Paterson reclaims the fullback berth from Rory Lamont, who drops to the bench. Elsewhere in the back-line, Ruaridh Jackson gets the nod at fly-half ahead of Dan Parks, while Joe Ansbro and Sean Lamont are preferred to Nick De Luca and Graeme Morrison in midfield. Mike Blair partners Jackson at half-back with soon-to-be Castres winger Max Evans taking one wing with Simon Danielli on the other.
In the pack, Ross Ford returns at hooker at the expense of Scott Lawson for what will be his 50th Test appearance for his country, and he will be joined in the front-row by recalled props Alan Jacobsen and Geoff Cross. Nathan Hines, meanwhile, is forced to make do with a seat on the bench, with Richie Gray taking his place in the second-row alongside skipper Alistair Kellock. Kelly Brown and John Barclay are accompanied by Richie Vernon in the back-row.
In a boost for the Romanians, loose-head prop Mihaita Alexandru Lazar, who had been struggling with a shin injury, has been passed fit to take his place in the front-row alongside captain Marius Tincu and tight-head Paulica Ion. Openside flanker Ovidiu Tonita has also been cleared to start alongside Mihai Macovei and Daniel Carpo after recovering from a knock he sustained in last month's friendly against French outfit Perigueux.
Iulian Dumitras takes the fullbacks spot with Stefan Ciuntu and Madalin Lemnaru on the wings. The centres are Stefan Eugen Ciuntu and Csaba Gal with Marin Dumbrava and Lucian Mihai Sirbu starting at half-back. Ionel Cazan has been named amongst the replacements after shaking off the effects of a niggling foot problem but prop Nicolae Nere and winger Catalin Nicolae both miss out through injury.
Scotland: Chris Paterson; Max Evans, Joe Ansbro, Sean Lamont, Simon Danielli; Ruaridh Jackson, Mike Blair; Alan Jacobsen, Ross Ford, Geoff Cross; Richie Gray, Alistair Kellock (capt); Kelly Brown, John Barclay, Richie Vernon
Replacements: Scott Lawson, Alasdair Dickinson, Nathan Hines, Ross Rennie, Chris Cusiter, Dan Parks, Rory Lamont
Romania: Iulian Dumitras; Stefan Eugen Ciuntu, Csaba Minya Gal, Tiberius Ionut Dimofte; Madalin Vlad Lemnaru; Marin Danut Dumbrava, Lucian Mihai Sirbu; Mihaita Alexandru Lazar, Marius Tincu (capt), Paulica Ion; Valentin Neculai Ursache, Cristian Constantin Petre; Mihai Macovei, Ovidiu Tonita, Daniel Carpo
Replacements: Bogdan Zebega Suman, Silviu Florea, Valentin Poparlan, Sandu Stelian Burcea, Florin Surugiu, Ionel Cazan, Florin Adrian Vlaicu
Referee: Dave Pearson (England)
Assistant referees: Vinny Munro (NZ), Tim Hayes (Wales)
Television Match Official: Shaun Veldsman (SA)
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