Thursday 23 November 2017

Hines back for Scots

Andy Robinson has made four changes as Scotland attempt to beat England at Twickenham for the first time since 1983.

Leinster forward Nathan Hines is in at blind-side flanker, with scrum-half Rory Lawson, centre Joe Ansbro and winger Simon Danielli restored to the backline.

After losing to France, Wales and Ireland, the odds are stacked against Robinson's men ending their 28-year Twickenham hoodoo.

Ruaridh Jackson has been retained at out-half, and will play inside Sean Lamont, who continues at inside centre, and Ansbro, who is available again following concussion. Ulster star Danielli will make his first start of the championship, having come off the bench against Ireland.

Sunday's match is the 100th anniversary of the first England-Scotland clash at Twickenham, and in 44 attempts, the Scots have just four wins.

England name their team tomorrow.

Scotland -- C Paterson; S Danielli, J Ansbro, S Lamont, M Evans; R Jackson, R Lawson; A Jacobsen, R Ford, M Low; R Gray, A Kellock (capt); N Hines, J Barclay, K Brown. Subs: S Lawson, G Cross, R Vernon, A Strokosch, M Blair, D Parks, N De Luca.

Irish Independent

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