Saturday 16 December 2017

New Zealand-born Hugh Blake will make Scottish debut against Ireland

Vern Cotter
Vern Cotter

Scotland will hand New Zealand-born flanker Hugh Blake his first cap when the Dark Blues kick-off their World Cup preparations against Ireland in Dublin on Saturday.

Head coach Vern Cotter sparked controversy when he named the 22-year-old in his group for this year's RBS 6 Nations just weeks after Blake had moved from the land of his birth and before he had even featured for his then club side Edinburgh.

Blake, who has now switched to Glasgow, did not make an appearance in the tournament and will instead make his international bow against Joe Schmidt's team at the Aviva Stadium.


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