England v Scotland, Six Nations Championship, March 21
Blair declared fit to face England
March 18, 2009
Mike Blair has been passed fit to face England © Getty Images
Scotland skipper Mike Blair has recovered from a back injury and has been named in the side to face England at Twickenham on Saturday. Edinburgh scrum-half Blair picked up the injury during last weekend's loss to Ireland but has recovered in time to help his side defend the Calcutta Cup.
The Scotland side shows only one change from last time out, with Northampton flanker Scott Gray slotting in on the openside in place of John Barclay, who drops out of the 22. Barclay is replaced in the squad by Glasgow's Kelly Brown. Gray will make his first Test start since winning his first cap four-and-a-half years ago.
The Evans brothers, Max and Thom, continue in the backs, while Ulster's Simon Danielli also retains his place after several impressive performances in recent weeks. Chris Paterson also remains in the side at fullback after kicking all of Scotland's points during the loss to Ireland.
"Scott has been knocking on the door for some time now and deserves this opportunity, while we've gone for Kelly on the bench for the coverage that he provides," said Scotland boss Frank Hadden. "We're looking forward to going to Twickenham and seeking back-to-back Calcutta Cup wins for the first time since 1984."
Scotland: C Paterson (Edinburgh); S Danielli (Ulster), M Evans (Glasgow), G Morrison (Glasgow), T Evans (Glasgow); P Godman (Edinburgh), M Blair (Edinburgh, capt); A Dickinson (Gloucester), R Ford (Edinburgh), E Murray (Northampton), J White (Sale), J Hamilton (Edinburgh), A Strokosch (Gloucester), S Gray (Northampton), S Taylor (Stade Francais)
Replacements: D Hall (Glasgow), M Low (Glasgow), N Hines (Perpignan), K Brown (Glasgow), C Cusiter (Perpignan), N De Luca (Edinburgh), H Southwell (Edinburgh)
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