Friday, October 22, 1999 Published at 15:23 GMT 16:23 UK
Tait back to face All Blacks
Alan Tait: 100% fit after a nagging ankle injury
Veteran centre Alan Tait has been recalled to bolster Scotland's midfield for the World Cup quarter-final against favourites New Zealand at Murrayfield on Sunday.
Coach Jim Telfer has also recalled prop Paul Burnell to add weight to the front row for what will undoubtedly be the home side's most physical confrontation of the competition.
Strong defensive presence
Tait failed to make Scotland's starting line-up for the comfortable 35-20 quarter-final play-off victory over Samoa.
The Scotland coach, who retires after the World Cup, has confirmed that there are no injuries in the squad and that all members have reported fit.
Scotland have never beaten New Zealand and have only ever managed one draw - 25-25 in 1983.
In fact, the All Blacks have been responsible for Scotland's demise in every World Cup bar 1991 when they lost to England at Murrayfield.
The mood in Scotland is hopeful and in the coaching duo of Telfer and Ian McGeechan, they have two of the finest tactical minds in the game.
But the likelihood is that the home side will not be able to live with the sheer pace, power and size of the ascendant New Zealanders and that their duck against the men in black is set continue.
Glen Metcalfe; Cameron Murray, Alan Tait, Jamie Mayer,
Kenny Logan; Gregor Townsend, Gary Armstrong (capt); Gordon Simpson,
Budge Pountney, Martin Leslie, Scott Murray, Doddie Weir, Paul
Burnell, Gordon Bulloch, Tom Smith.