Bradley to coach Scotland A side
January 25, 2012
Michael Bradley has led Edinburgh to the Heineken Cup quarter-finals © Getty Images
The Scottish Rugby Union has confirmed that Edinburgh coach Michael Bradley will take charge of the Scotland A side in their clash with the England Saxons on February 3.
Bradley has led Edinburgh to the Heineken Cup quarter-finals this season and has been rewarded with the reins for the Scotland A side. He will be assisted by Sale's Stevie Scott and Melrose's Craig Chalmers. And the SRU has named a 15-man party for the match with the Saxons with additional personnel expected to drop through from the main training squad for the forthcoming Six Nations.
Glasgow dominate the 15-man squad with eight representatives while there are four from Bradley's Edinburgh. And Bradley is looking forward to the physical challenge the Saxons will present. "We've named a group of guys today who deserve recognition for the form they've shown with their clubs in the first part of the season," Bradley said. "I'm hugely looking forward to working with them and the other players who will join us from the Scotland squad in the week of the game.
"It's about fronting up to what is sure to be massively physical challenge from England Saxons, and bringing together all the positive things we've seen from these players so far this season in one passionate, committed and ultimately winning performance for Scotland."
Scotland A squad:
Forwards: Johnnie Beattie (Glasgow Warriors), Chris Fusaro (Glasgow Warriors), Roddy Grant (Edinburgh Rugby), Ryan Grant (Glasgow Warriors), Pat MacArthur (Glasgow Warriors), Stuart McInally (Edinburgh Rugby), Grant Shiells (Newcastle Falcons), Ryan Wilson (Glasgow Warriors)
Backs: Tom Brown (Edinburgh Rugby), Jack Cuthbert (Bath Rugby), Alex Grove (Worcester Warriors), Peter Murchie (Glasgow Warriors), Henry Pyrgos (Glasgow Warriors), Matthew Scott (Edinburgh Rugby), Colin Shaw (Glasgow Warriors)
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