Scotland Announce Squad for Rugby World Cup 2011

Andy Robinson has confirmed his 30 man squad for the tournament in New Zealand. Following two warm-up wins against Ireland and Italy, Scotland appear in good nick, making several changes in between games in order to give each member of the squad an opportunity to impress.

Their first match is against Romania in Invercargill on the 10th of September. Here is the list of those selected:

Forwards: John Barclay, Kelly Brown, Geoff Cross, Al Dickinson, Ross Ford, Richie Gray, Dougie Hall, Jim Hamilton, Nathan Hines, Alan Jacobsen, Alastair Kellock (captain), Scott Lawson, Moray Low, Euan Murray, Ross Rennie, Alasdair Strokosch, Richie Vernon.

Backs: Joe Ansbro, Mike Blair, Chris Cusiter, Simon Danielli, Nick de Luca, Max Evans, Ruaridh Jackson, Rory Lamont, Sean Lamont, Rory Lawson, Graeme Morrison, Dan Parks, Chris Paterson.

13 thoughts on “Scotland Announce Squad for Rugby World Cup 2011

  1. Shame to see Johnnie Beattie missing out, but there are some good back row options here. They’ll cause Argentina and England some problems I reckon.

  2. Looks like a team that could beat England and Argentina in the group stages. Good balance all over the park.

    1. Alan Jacobsen
    2. Ross Ford
    3. Euan Murray
    4. Alastair Kellock (captain),
    5. Richie Gray
    6. Kelly Brown
    7. John Barclay
    8. Richie Vernon
    9. Chris Cusiter
    10. Dan Parks
    11. Rory Lamont
    12. Graeme Morrison
    13. Nick de Luca
    14. Max Evans
    15. Chris Paterson

    16. Moray Low
    17. Dougie Hall
    18. Nathan Hines
    19. Alasdair Strokosch
    20. Mike Blair
    21. Ruaridh Jackson
    22. Sean Lamont

  3. Difficult choice between Ansbro and De Luca. Both played really well in recent games. They might want to try playing De Luce at 12, with Ansbro outside him. De Luca is a good line breaker, but Ansbro has got more pace.

  4. It is a good team, glad to see Rennie, Kellock and Vernon get the nods, although it is a shame that the Killer B’s wont be fully reunited.
    I am not sure about Euan Murray…I do not rate him as a player anymore, I think he has lost his edge.

  5. Nathan, interesting line up. Bearing in mind that most of the Knock out stages are on Sundays does it make sense to take E. Murray, never mind have him as your first choice pick?(possibly G Cross after the bearded Italian monstered Moray Low) Also you have no place for Sean Lamont who has been outstanding recently. Possible back 3 of Lamont Paterson Lamont not quite Lamont Dozier Lamont but could be good. Also Morrison seems to have nailed down the 12 berth I imagine De Luca & Evans will start against Rumania and Georgia. Also as Italy dragged us into an arm wrestle, and nearly beat us, I imagine that Hamilton and Hines might start against the Pumas who will be very similar to the Azzuri. Still a good squad although Danielli can consider himself a very lucky man.

  6. Nathan – you cannot leave out Sean Lamont if there’s no Nicky Walker or there’s not enough bulk in attack and Rory was dodgy in defence (he was 20 yards in front of me on Saturday when he let the first try go through) whereas Sean rarely lets you down these days. Geoff Cross should start – he was MoM against Ireland and Dougie Hall is very much third pick after his iffy line outs on Saturday

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