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Last Updated: Tuesday, 14 August 2007, 11:02 GMT 12:02 UK
Scots pick Barclay for World Cup
John Barclay is in the Scotland World Cup squad
Barclay is delighted to be flying the flag for Scotland
Uncapped Glasgow flanker John Barclay has been included in Scotland's 30-man squad for the World Cup.

With head coach Frank Hadden opting for 17 forwards and 13 backs, fly-half Gordon Ross and winger Simon Danielli are among those to miss out.

Injuries to Scott Lawson and Chris Cusiter have prompted the choice of three hookers and three scrum-halves.

"I have selected a squad that has the ability to do something special at the World Cup," said Hadden.

"The decision to omit nine players from the squad was tough.

"I spoke with all but one of those players face to face and thanked them for their huge contribution to the preparation."

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Nick De Luca, Alasdair Dickinson, Thom Evans, Alastair Kellock, Calum MacRae, Graeme Morrison and Alasdair Strokosch were the others not included in the final pool.

Twenty of the group will be experiencing World Cup rugby for the first time, while Scott Murray and Chris Paterson will get a third taste of the event.

"Overall this is a more mature group than we could have chosen two years ago," added Hadden.

"There's a fair amount of experience there and a good balance between the power that was demonstrated in our win against Ireland last weekend and a bit of footballing ability."

While happy with his selection, Hadden would welcome more options once the tournament is underway.

With only 30 guys we can't cover everywhere
Frank Hadden

"There should be 33 or 34 players in the squad," said Hadden.

"It took the Heineken Cup guys a while to work out that for the product to be enhanced you need more people available, and then some of the harder decisions could be made a lot easier.

"As it is, there are huge elements of risk everywhere in the squad. The regulations say you can't bring anyone fresh in within 48 hours before your next match.

"So imagine if Kelly Brown were to go down ill the night before a match - as he did before the French game earlier this year - and you are already carrying a few injuries in the back row.

You'd be stuffed - absolutely stuffed.

"We have to try to have as much cover as we possibly can, but with only 30 guys we can't cover everywhere.

"I'd be very surprised if the other coaches didn't feel the same way as I do on this issue."


Scotland squad for the 2007 Rugby World Cup:
Backs: H Southwell (Edinburgh), R Lamont (Sale); S Lamont (Northampton), S Webster (Edinburgh), N Walker (Ospreys); R Dewey (Ulster), M Di Rollo (Edinburgh), A Henderson (Glasgow); D Parks (Glasgow Warriors), C Paterson (Gloucester); M Blair (Edinburgh), C Cusiter (Perpignan), R Lawson (Gloucester).

Forwards: A Jacobsen (Edinburgh), G Kerr (Glasgow), E Murray (Northampton), C Smith (Edinburgh); R Ford (Glasgow), S Lawson (Sale), F Thomson (Glasgow); J Hamilton (Leicester), N Hines (Perpignan), S MacLeod (Scarlets), S Murray (Montauban); S Taylor (Stade Francais), J Barclay (Glasgow), K Brown (Glasgow), D Callam (Edinburgh), A Hogg (Edinburgh), J White (Sale, captain).

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