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Dropped Kellock keen to bounce back

Scotland's World Cup captain Alastair Kellock has spoken of his disappointment at being omitted from the side for Sunday's vital Pool B clash with Argentina.

Kellock was a victim of the intense competition at second row, with Richie Gray and Jim Hamilton selected to start, the versatile Nathan Hines named on the bench and scrum-half Rory Lawson continuing as skipper.

Writing in The Scotsman, Kellock said: "Andy Robinson took me aside on Monday and told me I was out. 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."

Victory against Argentina would secure a sixth straight win for head coach Andy Robinson's men - a feat not achieved since the 1989-90 Grand Slam-winning season - and qualification for the knockout stages ahead of next Saturday's game with England.

Kellock backed the selected players to perform against the Pumas and stressed his determination to bounce back.

He added: "This is not about me, or any individuals. 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."

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