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Robinson rings the changes

Scotland head coach Andy Robinson has made six changes and one positional switch for Saturday's must-win World Cup Pool B clash with England.

Second row Alastair Kellock returns as captain, Euan Murray is to start at tighthead prop, Richie Vernon at number eight, Mike Blair at scrum-half, Simon Danielli on the wing and Joe Ansbro at outside centre, while Sean Lamont moves to inside centre.

Out go Jim Hamilton, Geoff Cross, Kelly Brown, Rory Lawson, Graeme Morrison and Nick De Luca, who has dropped to the replacements' bench.

Brown was unavailable after suffering concussion in the 13-12 loss to Argentina, which means Scotland must beat England by a margin of eight points - thus denying their rivals a losing bonus point - to advance to the quarter-finals.

Scotland last beat England by eight or more points in 1986. In the 25 years since, Scotland have won four times - in 1990, 2000, 2006 and 2008 - all by a six-point margin and all at Murrayfield.

There are many permutations, with England, Scotland and Argentina, who play Georgia on Sunday, all in contention to advance to the last eight.

Robinson said: "The stage is set for what I am sure will be an occasion worthy of everything this fixture means to both countries and their supporters. The atmosphere in Wellington last weekend was exceptional but I believe at a sell-out Eden Park on Saturday it would be even better.

"What this weekend is about once again though is doing everything we can to win a Test match and qualify for the knockout matches."

Scotland team: C Paterson (Edinburgh); M Evans (Castres), J Ansbro (London Irish), S Lamont (Scarlets), S Danielli (Ulster); R Jackson (Glasgow Warriors), M Blair (Edinburgh); A Jacobsen (Edinburgh), R Ford (Edinburgh), E Murray (Newcastle Falcons), R Gray (Glasgow Warriors), A Kellock (capt, Glasgow Warriors), A Strokosch (Gloucester), J Barclay (Glasgow Warriors), R Vernon (Sale Sharks).

Replacements: S Lawson (Gloucester), A Dickinson (Sale Sharks), N Hines (Clermont Auvergne), R Rennie (Edinburgh), C Cusiter (Glasgow Warriors), D Parks (Cardiff Blues), N De Luca (Edinburgh).

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