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Scotland Pre-Autumn Training Squad

It’s a biggie, so expect it to be well culled before the final playing squad of 30-odd is announced. Still, they should be able to have lots of probables versus possibles games and injure each other sufficiently before November rolls around.

Backs: Mike Blair (Edinburgh), Ben Cairns (Edinburgh), Chris Cusiter (Perpignan), Simon Danielli (Ulster), Nick De Luca (Edinburgh), Rob Dewey (Ulster), Max Evans (Glasgow), Thom Evans (Glasgow), Phil Godman (Edinburgh), Andrew Henderson (Glasgow), Stephen Jones (Newcastle), Rory Lamont (Sale), Sean Lamont (Northampton), Rory Lawson (Gloucester), Calum MacRae (Edinburgh), Mark McMillan (Glasgow), Graeme Morrison (Glasgow), Dan Parks (Glasgow), Chris Paterson (Edinburgh), Gordon Ross (Saracens), Hugo Southwell (Edinburgh), Nikki Walker (Ospreys), Simon Webster (Edinburgh).

Forwards: John Barclay (Glasgow), Johnnie Beattie (Glasgow), Kelly Brown (Glasgow), Dave Callam (Edinburgh), Geoff Cross (Edinburgh), Alasdair Dickinson (Gloucester), Ross Ford (Edinburgh), Dougie Hall (Glasgow), Craig Hamilton (Edinburgh), Jim Hamilton (Edinburgh), Nathan Hines (Perpignan), Allister Hogg (Edinburgh), Allan Jacobsen (Edinburgh), Alastair Kellock (Glasgow), Gavin Kerr (Edinburgh), Scott Lawson (Gloucester), Moray Low (Glasgow), Scott MacLeod (Scarlets), Euan Murray (Northampton), Scott Murray (Montauban), Matt Mustchin (Edinburgh), Ross Rennie (Edinburgh), Alasdair Strokosch (Gloucester), Simon Taylor (Stade Francais), Fergus Thomson (Glasgow), Dan Turner (Glasgow), Jason White (Sale).

Pick two teams out of that? Or even one team? That task awaits Hadden and his new coaches.

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4 Responses

  1. I’ve never been a huge fan of Hadden…not exactly breaking news! But this is the final straw…

    As every other Scotsman (and occasional Aussie, New Zealander etc) with 2 legs, a passport and a Scotland top (needn’t be current) being called up for the training squad I was outraged that neither Rory or I have made the cut…fair enough Rory lives a fair bit away and SRU travel expenses wouldn’t cover the Megabus fare, but I live just round the corner….gutted! Hadden out…….



  2. Once? Twice? In the last year?


    As for the backs coach? Christ knows, but since us Scots are born with a natural inclination for running good angles and a sound judgement for making the right pass I doubt they need a backs coach…

    …er, what do you mean we have the worst try scoring record in top level rugby…

    …and Edinburgh havn’t scored a try so far this Magners League season…

    …and since Hadden – the great exponent in running, free flowing rugby – we’ve seen the ball stuck up the jumper more often than a major US finance house goes to the wall whilst destabilising the whole world economy (still more often that Rory changes his pants!)…

    …other than those ‘minor’ points I think it all points to us not actually needing a backs coach!

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