Robinson names strong side for Japan
May 31, 2010
Andy Robinson has made seven changes to the team that defeated Ireland © PA Photos
Andy Robinson has made seven changes from the Scotland team that started the game against Ireland in Dublin for Tuesday's match against a Japan Select XV.
The Scotland head coach has named a strong XV in preparation for their tough two Test tour against Argentina next month.
Backs Alex Grove, whose loan deal to Edinburgh was announced today, wing Simon Danielli and half-backs Phil Godman and captain Mike Blair have been named in the side. Glasgow Warriors trio Moray Low, Richie Gray and Richie Vernon are named in the pack. Vernon is the only member of the Scotland A party who will set out on the defence of the IRB Nations Cup in Bucharest next month, to start tomorrow. His Scotland A colleagues, Fergus Thomson and Mark McMillan, are on the bench.
"We're looking at the players who are going to be available on the tour and we want to see them in action tomorrow," said Robinson. "After their run to the Magners League play-offs we're giving some of the Glasgow Warriors players some extra recovery time.
"Tomorrow's match is about getting our systems in place and how we are going to approach key elements. It's much better to do that in a live match than simply seeking to replicate it in training."
Scotland: H Southwell (Stade Francais); S Lamont (Scarlets), N De Luca (Edinburgh), A Grove (Worcester), S Danielli (Ulster); P Godman (Edinburgh), M Blair (Edinburgh, capt); A Jacobsen (Edinburgh), R Ford (Edinburgh), M Low (Glasgow), R Gray (Glasgow), J Hamilton (Edinburgh), R Vernon (Glasgow), K Brown (Glasgow), J Beattie (Glasgow).
Replacements: F Thompson (Glasgow), G Cross (Edinburgh), S MacLeod (Edinburgh), J Barclay (Glasgow), M McMillan (Glasgow), M Evans (Glasgow), J Thompson (Edinburgh)
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