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Scotland were due to arrive in New Zealand on Wednesday as their preparation for the World Cup Pool B opener with Romania in Invercargill was set to begin in earnest.

Scotland head coach Andy Robinson took his 30-man squad to a training camp on Australia's Gold Coast and will on Thursday name his team for Saturday's fixture.

With a clash with Georgia following next Wednesday, the proximity of the games means Robinson is likely to utilise almost the entirety of his squad in the two matches in Invercargill to assess his options for the September 25 game with Argentina and the October 1 clash with England.

Glasgow Warriors' Ruaridh Jackson hopes to get the nod at fly-half and be given the first chance to impress, with Dan Parks also vying for the pivotal position.

Jackson told Press Association Sport: "There's a very short turnaround between the two games.

"I've got no idea what Robbo's thinking about that but I presume there are going to be a number of changes for each game.

"Hopefully if I get my chance then I'll grab it."

Jackson has won eight caps, his most recent coming as a replacement for Parks during the 23-12 World Cup warm-up win over Italy last month.

Until the date with the Azzurri, Jackson had started four straight Tests after succeeding Parks as Scotland's leading playmaker during last season's RBS 6 Nations.


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