Rennie joins four new caps in Scotland squad
October 20, 2010
Ruaridh Jackson returns to the Scotland squad © PA Photos
Scotland boss Andy Robinson has recalled Edinburgh's Ross Rennie and selected four uncapped players in his squad for the November internationals.
Glasgow stand-off Ruaridh Jackson, Edinburgh pair Greig Laidlaw and Jim Thompson, and Northampton centre Joe Ansbro are the uncapped players in the 34-man squad, while Rennie returns to the international fold after a couple of injury-disrupted seasons.
Robinson is unable to call on a number of high-profile players due to injury, with Johnnie Beattie, Chris Cusiter, Simon Danielli, Nick De Luca, Phil Godman and Alastair Kellock all missing the Tests against South Africa, New Zealand and Samoa.
Scotland are unbeaten in their last four games, having followed up a dour draw against England with an away win over Ireland and a superb series victory over Argentina over the summer.
"We have chosen this squad solely to prepare and play against New Zealand with everybody having an opportunity to be selected in the match 22. There is a very good balance to the squad," Robinson said.
"We set great store on improvement and Ruaridh has been working hard on his game. Joe has given some assured performances for Northampton when his team have been under pressure and he can play centre and wing which gives us options."
Scotland squad to face New Zealand, South Africa and Samoa:
Backs: J Ansbro (Northampton Saints), M Blair (Edinburgh), B Cairns (Edinburgh), M Evans (Glasgow Warriors), A Grove (Edinburgh), R Jackson (Glasgow Warriors), G Laidlaw (Edinburgh), R Lamont (Toulon), S Lamont (Scarlets), R Lawson (Gloucester), G Morrison (Glasgow Warriors), D Parks (Cardiff Blues), C Paterson (Edinburgh), H Southwell (Stade Francais), J Thompson (Edinburgh), N Walker (Ospreys)
Forwards: J Barclay (Glasgow Warriors), K Brown (Saracens), G Cross (Edinburgh), A Dickinson (Gloucester), R Ford (Edinburgh), R Gray (Glasgow Warriors), D Hall (Glasgow Warriors), J Hamilton (Gloucester), N Hines (Leinster), A Jacobsen (Edinburgh), S Lawson (Gloucester), M Low (Glasgow Warriors), A MacDonald (Edinburgh), S MacLeod (Edinburgh), E Murray (Northampton Saints), R Rennie (Edinburgh), A Strokosch (Gloucester), R Vernon (Glasgow Warriors)
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
The rolling maul is becoming an increasingly potent attacking weapon. Conor O'Shea looks at the difficulties of stopping it
The news of James Horwill, Adam Ashley-Cooper and Dan Carter's respective transfers will open the floodgates, writes Tom Hamilton
Kiwi coaches can be found far and wide across the globe, and Murray Mexted believes the All Blacks benefit every bit as much as their rivals
Clermont, Toulon, player burnout, Sam Burgess and a farewell to Adams Park - Monday Maul looks back at the weekend's action