Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 24 September 2014

Scotland call on uncapped quartet

Ruaridh Jackson

Scotland head coach Andy Robinson has named four uncapped players in his squad for the autumn Test series.

Glasgow stand-off Ruaridh Jackson, Edinburgh pair Greig Laidlaw and Jim Thompson, and Northampton back Joe Ansbro are in Robinson's 34-man group.

Scotland face New Zealand, South Africa and Samoa next month.

Gloucester scrum-half Rory Lawson has been selected as he prepares to return from a hand injury.

Alastair Kellock has been ruled out of the clash against the All Blacks at Murrayfield on November 13 with a knee injury, but he may return to the fold before the series finishes, when Samoa visit Pittodrie on November 27.

As well as Kellock, Chris Cusiter, Johnnie Beattie, Nick de Luca, Phil Godman and Simon Danielli are unavailable through injury.

Robinson has also not ruled out bringing other players in after the New Zealand contest.

Along with the four uncapped players, Ross Rennie is looking to kick-start his international career after recovering from knee problems to make the squad.

The squad will gather at St Andrews for a training camp from November 1-3 and reconvene on November 7.

Scotland squad to prepare for first autumn Test against New Zealand on November 13: J Ansbro (Northampton), M Blair (Edinburgh), B Cairns (Edinburgh), M Evans (Glasgow), A Grove (Edinburgh), R Jackson (Glasgow), G Laidlaw (Edinburgh), R Lamont (Toulon), S Lamont (Scarlets), R Lawson (Gloucester), G Morrison (Glasgow), D Parks (Cardiff), C Paterson (Edinburgh), H Southwell (Stade Francais), J Thompson (Edinburgh), N Walker (Ospreys); J Barclay (Glasgow), K Brown (Saracens), G Cross (Edinburgh), A Dickinson (Gloucester), R Ford (Edinburgh), R Gray (Glasgow), D Hall (Glasgow), J Hamilton (Gloucester), N Hines (Leinster), A Jacobsen (Edinburgh), S Lawson (Gloucester), M Low (Glasgow), A MacDonald (Edinburgh), S MacLeod (Edinburgh), E Murray (Northampton), R Rennie (Edinburgh), A Strokosch (Gloucester), R Vernon (Glasgow).

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