Scotland make one change for Springboks
November 11, 2008
Sale wing Rory Lamont replaces his injured brother Sean on the Scotland wing © Getty Images
Scotland have kept it in the family with the one enforced change from the team which lost to New Zealand for Saturday's visit of world champions South Africa.
Sean Lamont, who is set to miss the rest of the autumn internationals with a hamstring injury, will be replaced on the left wing by brother Rory.
This will be the younger Lamont's 18th cap and his first since suffering a nasty facial injury when he clashed with Iain Balshaw's knee during last year's Calcutta Cup match.
Elsewhere, coach Frank Hadden has opted to keep faith in the exactly the same starting XV and bench as last week. However, with second-rows Jim Hamilton and Nathan Hines both missing training yesterday, having picked up ankle and wrist injuries respectively at the weekend, Hadden has decided to keep Gloucester's Alasdair Strokosch with the squad this week as back-up.
Thom Evans also missed training yesterday with a stiff neck, so Simon Websteris remaining with the squad as a precaution.
Simon Taylor, who was initially selected for the New Zealand match at number eight, before succumbing to a calf injury, does not feature in the squad.
Springbok coach Peter de Villiers did name an unchanged team to meet Scotland at Murrayfield but was forced to tinker with his line-up after an injury to scrum-half Fourie du Preez forced changes.
As a result Ricky Januarie will wear the No.9 shirt with backrow forward Danie Rossouw coming onto the bench.
Elsewhere, centre Adi Jacobs and lock Bakkies Botha have both recovered from injury and take their place in an identical 22 to the one that defeated Six Nations champions Wales 20-15 in Cardiff last Saturday.
"Bakkies saw a specialist this morning and was given the all-clear," De Villiers told www.sarfu.org.za. "It's a big boost to the team - you saw the impact he had in the first 40 minutes against Wales and we're glad to have him back.
"I decided on an unchanged team to maintain consistency and allow this team to establish themselves as the core 22.
"We have brought a squad of 28 players but that does not necessarily mean that every player will play on this tour. Players will have to work for their places."
Scotland: Chris Paterson (Edinburgh), Thom Evans (Glasgow Warriors), Ben Cairns (Edinburgh), Nick De Luca (Edinburgh), Rory Lamont (Sale Sharks), Phil Godman (Edinburgh), Mike Blair (Edinburgh, C), Allan Jacobsen (Edinburgh), Ross Ford (Edinburgh), Euan Murray (Northampton Saints), Nathan Hines (Perpignan), Jim Hamilton (Edinburgh), Jason White (Sale Sharks), Allister Hogg (Edinburgh), John Barclay (Glasgow Warriors)
Substitutes: Dougie Hall (Glasgow Warriors), Alasdair Dickinson (Gloucester), Matt Mustchin (Edinburgh), Scott Gray (Northampton Saints), Rory Lawson (Gloucester), Dan Parks (Glasgow Warriors), Hugo Southwell (Edinburgh)
South Africa: Beast Mtawarira, Bismarck du Plessis, John Smit (c), Bakkies Botha, Victor Matfield, Schalk Burger, Juan Smith, Pierre Spies, Ricky Januarie, Ruan Pienaar, Bryan Habana, Jean de Villiers, Adi Jacobs JP Pietersen, Conrad Jantjes
Replacements: Brian Mujati, Gurthro Steenkamp, Andries Bekker, Ryan Kankowski, Danie Rossouw, Frans Steyn, Jaque Fourie
Referee: Dave Pearson (England)
Assistant Referees: Hugh Watkins (Wales), TBC
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