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Lawson back in training

Rory Lawson has given Scotland a boost ahead of their second EMC Autumn Test against South Africa.

The Gloucester scrum-half returned to training on Monday after missing Saturday's opener against New Zealand with a hand injury.

Lawson's return will come as a relief to head coach Andy Robinson after Scotland captain Mike Blair sat out training after suffering a head injury in the 49-3 defeat by the All Blacks.

With Chris Cusiter still out with a long-term knee injury, Lawson's return to fitness gives Robinson much-needed cover in the number nine position.

A total of 10 players who featured in Saturday's crushing defeat sat out Monday's training session, forcing Robinson to delay the naming of his starting line-up for the Murrayfield clash against the world champions by 24 hours until Wednesday.

Centre Max Evans (shoulder), flanker John Barclay (ankle), stand-off Dan Parks (knee), hooker Ross Ford (shoulder), lock Jim Hamilton (back), prop Alasdair Dickinson (shoulder) and wing Rory Lamont (thigh) all sat out.

Flanker Ross Rennie and lock Nathan Hines were also rested but both are available for selection.

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