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Last Updated: Thursday, 6 November, 2003, 05:12 GMT
Scots turn to White
Ross Beattie and Jason White in training for Scotland
White (right) gets the nod over Beattie (left)
Scotland have made one change to their forward pack for their Rugby World Cup quarter-final with Australia on Saturday.

Coach Ian McGeechan opted for Sale flanker Jason White instead of Ross Beattie, who drops out of the 22-man squad that edged Fiji 22-20 last weekend.

McGeechan said: "We want a ball carrier - Jason played very well when he came on last week, and it helps keep the balance we want in the back row."

He played down Wallaby coach Eddie Jones' talk of Scotland playing "last-resort" rugby against Australia.

The Australian media have harked back to 1989, when McGeechan's Lions employed what one paper recalled as "thuggish" tactics to square the series after losing the opening match.

The Scotland coach said: "Eddie's got a good memory, that's a long time ago.

"But, in actual fact we all are playing 'last-resort rugby' - it applies to Australia as much as us.

"Eddie likes to talk to referees in a different way, and I feel quite flattered by his remarks."

Chris Paterson keeps his place at fly-half, with Gregor Townsend staying at outside centre.

Townsend believes a crucial aspect of the game will be Scotland's ability to chase after any kicks ahead with discipline so as to pressure the Wallaby back three.

Mat Rogers, Wendell Sailor and Lote Tuqiri all started out in rugby league and doubts persist over their defence.

"They're very good footballers," Townsend said. "There's been a lot of chat in the papers that they can't defend and kick very well, but they seem to have done it well so far.

"As long as we kick well and get our chase right then that's our main aims.

"They are runners first and foremost. Rogers is a very good kicker. But if we send one or two runners up they are going to beat us, so hopefully we'll be kicking with a good line."


Scotland: G Metcalfe, S Danielli, G Townsend, A Henderson, K Logan, C Paterson (Edinburgh), B Redpath (capt), T Smith, G Bulloch, B Douglas, N Hines, S Grimes, J White, C Mather, S Taylor.
Replacements: R Russell, G McIlwham, S Murray, J Petrie, M Blair, J McLaren, B Hinshelwood.





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