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Evans concentrating on Scotland

Scotland international Max Evans is focused on Saturday's RBS 6 Nations clash in Ireland after being cleared of an assault charge.

The Castres back joined up with his Scotland team-mates on Monday afternoon after being found not guilty of attacking a man in an Edinburgh nightclub in August 2010.

The 28-year-old is now in contention for the Dublin clash after his five-day trial at Edinburgh Sheriff Court ended on the eve of head coach Andy Robinson's team selection announcement.

In a statement, Evans said: "It's been a challenging time for me and my family and friends, and I would like to thank everyone who has been supportive over the recent weeks and months.

"I would also like to thank the jury for their diligence in reaching their verdict.

"I will now put this behind me and be very focused on my rugby. It's great to be back in the Scotland camp today with the players, coaches and management."

Evans could return after missing the defeat by France and Scotland's back line is the focus of selection issues for Robinson, who is under pressure to produce his first win of the tournament.

At least one change from the 23-17 loss to France is certain after wing Rory Lamont suffered a broken leg at Murrayfield.

The absence of the Glasgow Warriors back could result in a straightforward swap - with Nick De Luca coming in at outside centre and Sean Lamont moving to the wing.

The alternative is numerous changes in a bid to get the back line to fire, with centre De Luca likely to start as Joe Ansbro (back) is yet to return for London Irish.


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