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Robinson gets physical


Andy Robinson

Andy Robinson

Andy Robinson

Scotland head coach Andy Robinson has opted to meet fire with fire in Wednesday's World Cup Pool B clash with Georgia and called for his team to get physical.

Robinson has named a team showing 11 changes to the XV which began Saturday's unconvincing 34-24 win over Romania in Invercargill, with Allan Jacobsen, Kelly Brown, Sean Lamont and Max Evans the only players retained.

"Right across the board there's real physicality about the side - we need to bring that physicality out in the way we play," said Robinson. "One of the things we allowed Romania to do was get go-forward through their maul, through their scrum, but also through their pick and go and we've got to be able to stop that."

Robinson and his management team decided not to deviate from the prior selection plan despite the chaos caused by Romania's pack, the head coach insisting the scale of the changes was dictated by the proximity of the matches, rather than the performance on Saturday.

Scotland will be seeking a fifth successive victory in the game with Georgia, who are coached by former Scotland boss Richie Dixon, have won their last eight fixtures and came close to a shock defeat of Ireland in the last tournament four years ago.

Robinson added: "We see this Georgia game as a really tough game. We expect it to be harder than the Romania game.

"They want a place at the Six Nations table and they see this as an opportunity to put their hand up for that.

"This is a huge game for them in terms of being on the global stage, and if you think back to 2007 they got very close."

Euan Murray will join Jacobsen and Scott Lawson in the front row, Jim Hamilton will line up alongside Nathan Hines at lock, with Alasdair Strokosch and Brown joined in the back row by Ross Rennie.

Dan Parks will start at fly-half with a centre combination of Graeme Morrison and Nick De Luca, and Sean and Rory Lamont joined by Evans in the back three.