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Bradley gets Scots 'A' role

Fresh from securing Edinburgh their first Heineken Cup quarter-final in eight years, former Ireland 'A' coach Michael Bradley has now been rewarded with the Scotland 'A' role, WRITES DAVID KELLY.

Bradley, capped 40 times for Ireland and Connacht coach for seven years until 2010, will begin his stint with the Scottish national team against England in Netherdale tomorrow week.

"The game against England Saxons is shaping up to be a fantastic occasion," said the Corkman, whose side don't have a match scheduled against their Irish counterparts this season.

"I'm hugely looking forward to working with them and the other players who will join us from the Scotland squad in the week of the game.

"It's about fronting up to what is sure to be massively physical challenge from England Saxons, and bringing together all the positive things we've seen from these players so far this season in one passionate, committed and ultimately winning performance for Scotland."

Ireland's 'A' side -- the Wolfhounds -- take on England Saxons at Exeter's Sandy Park on Saturday.

The Saxons yesterday added promising Saracens scrum-half Ben Spencer to their squad after Leicester's Micky Young was hit with a citing.

Irish Independent