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Last Updated: Friday, 17 February 2006, 14:55 GMT
Hines available again for Scots
Hines is a hugely experienced player
Hines is a hugely experienced player
Nathan Hines has made himself available for selection for next weekend's Calcutta Cup match, a year after quitting international rugby.

The 29-year-old Perpignan lock made the decision after discussions with Scotland coach Frank Hadden.

Hadden will be missing the experience of the banned Scott Murray at lock for the game against England.

"I'm excited to come back. Of course there's a bit of pressure but mostly excitement," said Hines.

Hines, who has made 31 appearances for Scotland over six years, has not played for his country since the Six Nations defeat at Twickenham in 2005.

"I'm looking forward to seeing the boys and Frank again and I'm grateful to the club for their understanding."

Hadden said he had been keen to bring Hines back to the international fold, having left during the Matt Williams reign, from the day he took over as Scotland coach.

We will have the formidable talent of Scott Murray to consider afresh after the England game
Frank Hadden

"I have been in regular contact with Nathan since I took up the position of Scotland coach and he has made it clear to me, from our first conversation, his hunger to play for his country," added Hadden.

"There were a number of issues to overcome before we could see Nathan in a Scotland squad again - his relationship with his club and a number of personal circumstances."

Hadden stressed that Hines was not an automatic choice to replace Murray against England.

"A player of his ability can go into the selection mix," he said.

"I would also stress that I am happy with the existing competition we have at lock where Alastair Kellock has stepped up to the mark this season and Scott MacLeod and Craig Hamilton are also vying as genuine Test match performers.

"In addition, we will also have the formidable talent of Scott Murray to consider afresh after the England game."

Interview: Scotland coach Frank Hadden


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