Scotland team to play England in RBS Six Nations 2012

Lee Jones will make his Scotland debut on the right win as Andy Robinson’s team look to get their campaign off to a winning start in the RBS Six Nations 2012. Robinson said today: “I’ve been pleased with the consistency Lee Jones has shown and he fully deserves to win his first cap. Form has played a part in selection. Edinburgh’s qualification for the Heineken Cup quarter-finals and Glasgow’s performances in the RaboDirect PRO12 mean that competition for places has intensified, particularly in the back-row.”

“But, as ever, we select to win an international rugby match. It is not by accident that these games are referred to as Test matches – because that is what they are, the ultimate in physical and mental challenge and that is certainly always on the menu when England are our opponents. We have experienced players in our team and they must make that knowledge count by helping the team to a successful start on Saturday.”


15 Rory Lamont (Glasgow Warriors) 26 caps, 6 tries, 30 points
14 Lee Jones (Edinburgh Rugby) new cap
13 Nick De Luca (Edinburgh Rugby) 29 caps, 1 try, 5 points
12 Sean Lamont (Scarlets) 60 caps, 8 tries, 40 points
11 Max Evans (Castres) 24 caps, 3 tries, 15 points
10 Dan Parks (Cardiff Blues) 66 caps, 4 tries, 15 conversions, 53 penalties, 17 drop-goals, 260 points
9 Chris Cusiter (Glasgow Warriors) 55 caps, 3 tries, 15 points
1 Allan Jacobsen (Edinburgh Rugby) 60 caps
2 Ross Ford (Edinburgh Rugby) 53 caps, 2 tries, 10 points CAPTAIN
3 Euan Murray (Newcastle Falcons) 41 caps, 2 tries, 10 points
4 Richie Gray (Glasgow Warriors) 16 caps
5 Jim Hamilton (Gloucester) 34 caps, 1 try, 5 points
6 Alasdair Strokosch (Gloucester) 23 caps, 1 try, 5 points
7 Ross Rennie (Edinburgh Rugby) 11 caps
8 David Denton (Edinburgh Rugby) 1 cap

16 Scott Lawson (Gloucester) 29 caps, 2 tries, 10 points
17 Geoff Cross (Edinburgh Rugby) 8 caps
18 Alastair Kellock (Glasgow Warriors) 36 caps, 1 try, 5 points
19 John Barclay (Glasgow Warriors) 32 caps, 2 tries, 10 points
20 Mike Blair (Edinburgh Rugby) 75 caps, 7 tries, 35 points
21 Greig Laidlaw (Edinburgh Rugby) 2 caps
22 Graeme Morrison (Glasgow Warriors) 32 caps, 3 tries, 15 points

16 thoughts on “Scotland team to play England in RBS Six Nations 2012

  1. Honest reaction is disappointment. Pleased to see Lee Jones in there, but wanted to see Stuart Hogg and Duncan Weir involved, if not both starting. Sticking with Parks helps no one. Tight five is strong, but wanted Vernon in there at 8.

    1. I suppose the logic may have been not wanting two new caps in the back three? Or, more likely, Robinson wants Lamont for his size; you can see how this team is going to play. I don’t think Vernon’s been playing much at Sale, I’m happy with Denton there anyway.

    1. Yes, Ansbro is not quite recovered from a back problem. Physios have not given him the all clear, so he was ruled out.

  2. Going to be an interesting game. By the looks of things Scotland are going to try and take it to the English pack and bully them into mistakes. Lots of big runners have been picked in the back line, probably to try and bull-doze over some young, inexperienced english heads. It would catch everyone by surprise if England played with flair and width and Scotland try the direct route. Tough one to call, I’m going to say England, probably because no one can really predict what they’re going to bring. We’ve all seen how ineffective the De-luca and Lamont partnership is, with Morrison on the bench it doesnt look much better. However, the Barrit/Farrell combo hasnt offered much creativity in attack for Saracens, especially since Farrell cant play with the ball in hand and is simply a distributor. I can’t see Farrell being that involved with England unless he becomes more creative or tries different things in attack, his boot is good but five or seven points is better than three. If only Fofana was Scottish, that would spice things up.

    1. Are you implying that Scotland normally play ‘with flair and width’?!!

      Maybe you’re mistaking this with just chucking the ball around through lack of ideas, size, leadership or ability.

    2. The one thing we do know about Barritt and Farrell (and Hodgson) is that they play together every week, and will know their defensive patterns inside and out, and how each other sees the game in front of them. Barritt punches holes and draws in defenders, Farrell has the vision to distribute the ball accordingly. It’s simple and effective, and with Strettle/Sharples, Ashton and Foden on their shoulders, it could prove very effective.

  3. Dunno what people have against Dan Parks? He’s a fairly reliable attacking tool and points machine (especially from drop goals). Defence is his weakness. Why don’t they treat him like Australia treat Quade Cooper? Hide him at the back to kick defensively instead of tackling.

  4. Expect Barritt and Farrell to be all over Parks whenever they get the chance. Farrell’s favourite past time is winding up the opposition 10.
    Upset Parks and the game will open up. he will be rushing to get kicks and passes away, anything as long as he doesn’t get tackled or have to make a tackle. People used to say this about Hodgson, but he is a totally different player these days.

  5. To be honest, Dan parks is rubbish. Yes maybe he should be on the reserves. Scotland have loads more fly halves that can perform better and more consistently, for example:
    Duncan weir is a much better kicker as well as substituting Dan parks for his lazy passes
    And his no-go running. Duncan wier can’t just run, he can tackle and score as well as kick.
    Put a better fly half on Andy!

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