Thursday 26 April 2018

Robinson names powerful side for visit of Irish

Hugh Farrelly

SCOTLAND coach Andy Robinson has named a powerful side for Saturday's World Cup warm-up against Ireland, with 10 members of the match-22 that narrowly lost to Declan Kidney's side in the Six Nations in the starting line-up for the Murrayfield showdown.

Kidney is expected to use this game as an opportunity to reintroduce long-term injury victims such as Jerry Flannery and Rob Kearney, as well as assessing some fringe players when he names his team tomorrow.

However, his Scotland counterpart, who has only the Ireland match and one more game against Italy before the World Cup, has selected a team of frontliners, captained by Rory Lawson at scrum-half.

He will be partnered by Ruaridh Jackson at out-half, while Chris Paterson, Nikki Walker Sean Lamont, Allan Jacobsen, Ross Ford, Richie Gray and Johnny Beattie were all part of the team that rattled Ireland in February before Ronan O'Gara came off the bench to secure a 21-18 victory.

Beattie is the sole member of the celebrated 'Killer Bs' back-row who caused Ireland such difficulty in February and in the win in Croke Park the previous year, with Alasdair Strokosch and Ross Rennie taking the places of Kelly Brown and John Barclay.

SCOTLAND -- C Paterson ; N Walker, J Ansbro, G Morrison, S Lamont; R Jackson, R Lawson (capt); A Jacobsen, R Ford, G Cross; J Hamilton, R Gray; A Strokosch, R Rennie , J Beattie. Reps: D Hall, A Dickinson, A Kellock, D Denton, G Laidlaw, N De Luca, J Cuthbert.

Irish Independent

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