Robinson names Simon Danielli in starting XV for second Argentina Test

SIMON Danielli returns on the left wing as Scotland make one change in personnel from the team that defeated Argentina last weekend for the second and final Test of the series in Mar del Plata on Saturday.

The Ulster winger (pictured) impressed as a late substitute in the RBS 6 Nations victory over Ireland in March and earns his 26th cap this weekend.

His introduction means there are two further positional switches, with Sean Lamont moving to the right wing and Max Evans redeployed in his more familiar position of outside centre.

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As a consequence, Nick De Luca is omitted from the starting XV and is now on the bench as Jim Thompson drops out of the 22, while Alasdair Dickinson has recovered from an abdominal upset to oust Geoff Cross from the replacements bench.

Head coach Andy Robinson has warned his players not to read too much into last week's 24-16 success in Tucuman as they seek their first Test series win in the southern hemisphere.

He said: "That's in the past now. It's a new game on Saturday. The scoreboard starts at 0-0 and the Pumas await.

"I've brought in Simon Danielli and moved Max Evans to his normal centre spot, which he plays for Glasgow, having looked at the way we want to attack Argentina in the outside channels.

"Simon runs hard, is pretty direct and I've been impressed by his form for Ulster in the Magners League, where he has been a regular try scorer.

"Both Max and Nick De Luca did well in the first Test. I felt Max made a number of line-breaks and looked pretty dangerous throughout and it was for him to start because of that.

"Selection was a tough call for a number of players and, as management, we've expressed our admiration for the commitment of the entire squad to securing a win on Saturday."

Scotland team to play Argentina in the second Test at Mar del Plata on Saturday, June 19, kick-off 7.45pm BST

H Southwell (Stade Francais)

S Lamont (Scarlets)

M Evans (Glasgow Warriors)

G Morrison (Glasgow Warriors)

S Danielli (Ulster)

D Parks (Glasgow Warriors)

R Lawson (Gloucester)

A Jacobsen (Edinburgh)

R Ford (Edinburgh)

M Low (Glasgow Warriors)

J Hamilton (Edinburgh)

A Kellock (Glasgow Warriors)

K Brown (Glasgow Warriors)

J Beattie (Glasgow Warriors)

J Barclay (Glasgow Warriors).

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Replacements: S Lawson (Gloucester), A Dickinson (Gloucester), S MacLeod (Edinburgh), A Strokosch (Gloucester), M Blair (Edinburgh), P Godman (Edinburgh), N De Luca (Edinburgh).