Kellock distraught after Scotland axe
September 24, 2011
Scotland captain Alastair Kellock has suprisingly found himself out in the cold in New Zealand © PA Photos
Scotland captain Alastair Kellock has admitted that he was devastated after being informed that he would play no part in Sunday's pivotal Rugby World Cup clash with Argentina.
Kellock had been expected to be recalled for the game against the Pumas in Wellington after being left out of the squad for last week's win over Georgia. However, Kellock has again been omitted from the matchday 22, with head coach Andy Robinson opting to pair Richie Gray with Jim Hamilton in the Scottish second-row and select the versatile Nathan Hines to provide cover from the bench.
Kellock knew that his position was in jeopardy after a subdued showing in his country's tournament opener against Romania but that did not soften the impact of learning that he would not feature at all against Argentina.
"Andy Robinson took me aside on Monday and told me I was out," the lock wrote in The Scotsman. "I knew he wanted to speak to me and hoped it would be about plans for Argentina, but he didn't beat about the bush.
"He said 'I'm not going to involve you this week', and in that moment the ground could have opened up. I want to say I was gutted, but that doesn't do justice to the feelings you experience at that moment."
However, Kellock insists that he has already put his disappointment to one side and is now solely concentrating on doing whatever he can on the sidelines to inspire his side to victory at the Westpac Stadium.
"This is not about me, or any individuals," he said. "This is professional sport and very few players go through their careers without being dropped; you have to deal with it, and use it as motivation to improve."
Victory over Argentina would ensure the Scots a place in the knockout stages ahead of what would be a pool decider against old rivals England next weekend.
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