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Call-ups for Glasgow pair

Andy Robinson has backed Dan Parks and Ruaridh Jackson to make a big impact after naming them in his Scotland squad for the opening two games of the Six Nations.

Glasgow pair Parks and Jackson did not feature in the autumn internationals and their call-ups for next month's games against France and Wales have trebled their country's pool of specialist out-halves.

The uncapped Jackson (21) has only recently recovered from a serious shoulder injury and Robinson revealed he would have been in the squad for the November Tests had he been fit.

Parks' omission from Robinson's first matches in charge was more controversial.

But the Scots boss was unable to ignore the form which has fired Glasgow to the top of the Magners League and has seen the 31-year-old become the competition's record points scorer.

"Ruaridh would have been in the squad in the autumn had he not got injured in that first match of the season," Robinson said. "Dan's consistency of performance I've been really pleased about."

The pair will put pressure on Phil Godman, who had been guaranteed his place in the side during the autumn.

"Competition for places all the way through is what's important for us and it's what drives and improves performance," Robinson said.

Irish Independent