Scotland name team to face England in Auckland

Andy Robinson has made a host of changes to his Scotland team following their defeat to Argentina. Alastair Kellock returns to lead the side in the second row, whilst Sean Lamont and Joe Ansbro start in the centres, and Mike Blair comes in at scrum-half for Rory Lawson, who is cut form the 22 completely.


15. Chris Paterson, 14. Max Evans, 13. Joe Ansbro, 12. Sean Lamont, 11. Simon Danielli, 10. Ruaridh Jackson, 9. Mike Blair, 1. Allan Jacobsen, 2. Ross Ford, 3. Euan Murray, 4. Richie Gray, 5. Alastair Kellock (captain), 6. Alastair Strokosch, 7. John Barclay, 8. Richie Vernon.


16. Scott Lawson, 17. Alasdair Dickinson, 18. Nathan Hines, 19. Ross Rennie, 20. Chris Cusiter, 21. Dan Parks, 22. Nick de Luca

6 thoughts on “Scotland name team to face England in Auckland

  1. Oooh rather pleased to see Jacobson and Blair starting! That’s a bonus for England

    Ansbro in the centre worries me slightly though

  2. The Scots know how to play, and they know how to play against England, but they do not know how to close out tough games with a win when under pressure. England do. That will be the difference between the two sides. It will be the usual kitchen sink scrappy England Scotland game, but more one sided than usual. England will find the next gear in their RWC campaign, the forwards (so long as Easter stays off the field) will rumble better than the Scots and the backs will run the angles better with more pace. As always, defence and discipline are paramount.

  3. As an English fan i’m gutted Morrison and De Luca aren’t starting. I Think 13. Joe Ansbro, 12. Sean Lamont, has potential.

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