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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Kellock buoyed by Beattie return

Johnnie Beattie

Scotland captain Alastair Kellock is excited about the prospect of a fully-fit Johnnie Beattie returning during the RBS 6 Nations campaign.

Beattie will continue his comeback from shoulder surgery on Friday night when he starts for Scotland A against Ireland Wolfhounds. Like Kellock, the number eight went under the knife following Scotland's historic series victory in Argentina in June.

Kellock, who will lead Scotland out for their Six Nations opener against at the Stade de France a week on Saturday, said: "It's great to have a player like Johnnie Beattie back. He's played three games now and he'll be really keen to impress in the A game. He is extremely talented."

He added: We saw last year what he can do and that was with a bad shoulder. His shoulder has now been fixed and he's 100%.

"I'm really excited about how he's going to come into the fold in the next few weeks. He'll still be pushing to try and get selected for the France game as well."

Beattie is among six members of Andy Robinson's Six Nations squad to feature in tonight's Netherdale contest, admission to which is free.

Kellock played in Scotland A's 25-0 win over USA Eagles in November as he returned from knee surgery and believes the latest encounter is vital preparation for the Six Nations.

"Any opportunity to play for your country is massive, whatever level that is at," Kellock said.

"I played in the A game in the autumn against the USA. It was a really enjoyable environment to be involved in.

"We had a good result down there. There are a few guys pushing for places for the Six Nations so they'll be really keen to impress."

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