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“We have started the process of seeing what I need to do to be able to play for Scotland” 1 Comment
Scotland will entertain the world champion All Blacks in a Murrayfield rugby Test next year, according to reports in today’s New Zealand media. 1 Comment
PAUL Ackford is one of the former international players turned journalist whose columns are always worth reading. This week he has been writing on the subject of versatility.
SCOTLAND'S readiness for the Rugby World Cup will be put to the test this evening by an Italian team confident that it can claim the Scottish scalp at Murrayfield for a second time.
SCOTLAND winger Max Evans insisted yesterday that an impending trial for alleged assault has not distracted him from his preparations for the World Cup and that he hopes tonight to clinch his spot in the squad with a good display against Italy.
THE EXCITEMENT and anticipation of playing in a World Cup is birling round the heads of rugby players across the globe this month, but Scotland scrum-half Chris Cusiter will tonight be fighting to contain a unique welter of emotions when he makes a long-awaited return to the Murrayfield pitch.
THE Scotland team will make a public appearance in Princes Street Gardens this afternoon, to thank fans for their support during the EMC World Cup warm-up matches.
ONE of Italy's South African-born second rows who will face Scotland tomorrow, Carlo Del Fava, believes Murrayfield is among the most punishing places to play.
THE challenge of making it into Scotland's World Cup squad may be uppermost in the minds of the home players who take to the field tomorrow for the final EMC warm-up Test match but, for Chris Cusiter, merely returning to the field will be a massive step forward.
YOUTHFUL enthusiasm is a great attribute for any team, but there is nothing as reassuring as Test experience when a squad enters the pressurised World Cup environment.
ALASTAIR Kellock has enjoyed the journey he has taken with Scotland over the past year, but having to smile while being shot out of a cannon just days after being told he had missed the cut for the 2007 Rugby World Cup may have played a bigger role in the forward's launch into this tournament than even he realises.
WORLD Cup memories remain clear in Dan Parks' head but the stand-off believes reaching the 2011 tournament in New Zealand would be even more of an achievement than being voted Scotland's top player, as it would reveal a strength in him to bounce back to the very top.
Cusiter and Murray have to play part against Italy to make squad
NICK DE LUCA (v Joe Ansbro and Max Evans)
World Cup spots on the line as Scotland coach Andy Robinson shakes up his side for final warm-up match against Italy
The Scotland coach will have to make crucial choices as he prepares to finalise his squad for New Zealand
The Scotland winger got a big wake-up call when he was dropped and won't be complacent again
THE NEW face and hair of Scottish rugby may be appearing across continents, climbing Everest and among soldiers in Afghanistan, but the young man himself is remarkably relaxed.