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Dan Parks and Euan Murray return for Scotland

RBS SIX NATIONS - WALES v SCOTLAND
Venue: Millennium Stadium Date: Saturday, 13 February Kick-off: 1400 GMT
Coverage: Exclusively live on BBC ONE, BBC HD channel, Red Button and online, full commentary on BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio 5 Live, Radio Wales and Radio Cymru, live text commentary and score updates on BBC Sport website

Dan Parks and Euan Murray
Parks' return was a surprise, while Murray's had been expected

Scotland have recalled Dan Parks, Euan Murray and Rory Lamont and dropped Phil Godman, Moray Low and Max Evans for Saturday's Six Nations trip to Wales.

Sean Lamont switches to centre in place of Evans, with Rory Lamont taking his brother's spot on the left wing.

Parks replaces Godman at fly-half and, as expected, Murray takes the place of Low - who is left out of the 22 - after the 18-9 defeat by France on Sunday.

Full-back Chris Paterson will win his 100th cap, the first Scot to do so.

The 31-year-old will join 12 other players who have reached the century landmark in Test rugby, a list led by former Australia captain George Gregan with 139 caps.

Robinson, who coached Paterson at Edinburgh, said: "He has been a fantastic ambassador for the team and it's a tremendous honour for him to win his 100th cap.

I'm pleased to welcome Dan back. He comes in after playing consistently well for Glasgow

Scotland coach Andy Robinson

"It's well-deserved and I'm looking forward to seeing him perform at the weekend.

"I've really enjoyed working with Chris over the last couple of years. He's a great professional both on the pitch and also off it.

"He thoroughly deserves the honour and the tributes bestowed upon him because of the way that he's performed consistently with a number of different coaches."

The return of Murray, who was not available for selection against France on Sunday because of his religious beliefs, had been much anticipated, but Low's axing from the squad altogether came as a surprise.

The recall for Parks is particularly notable considering the Australia-born Glasgow Warriors fly-half was left out of the autumn Test series and did not even play for Scotland A against their French counterparts last week.

"I'm pleased to welcome Dan back," said Robinson. "He comes in after playing consistently well for Glasgow."

Parks, who will move to Wales with the Cardiff Blues next season, won the last of his 47 caps against Canada in November 2008.

However, Robinson revealed the inclusion of the big-kicking Parks was in order to play a more territorial game after France dominated in that department on Sunday.

"We needed to improve our owning of territory, winning the territorial battle and marrying the two together of being able to play with the ball in hand but also looking to be able to dominate territory," he said.

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"We didn't do that well enough last week and, while we showed some really good attacking intent, we turned too many balls over.

"Dan's coming in not just to kick the ball - we still want to move it, we still want to play with the ball in hand."

Robinson also admitted that Sean Lamont - Scotland's best player on Sunday - had been switched from wing to beef up the centre.

"Sean's played at centre for the Scarlets, so he's had the ability to play there," Robinson said.

"He's very physical; we think there's going to be a big physical battle in the centres but also in the way that Wales defend. They really do rush up hard."

Robinson also welcomed the recall of Murray in the scrum.

"He's a fantastic tight-head prop, he's a real rock in the way that he performs and we need that level of physicality in the game," added the coach.


Scotland: C Paterson (Edinburgh); T Evans (Glasgow), S Lamont (Scarlets), G Morrison (Glasgow), R Lamont (Toulon); D Parks (Glasgow), C Cusiter (Glasgow, capt); A Dickinson (Gloucester), R Ford (Edinburgh), E Murray (Northampton), N Hines (Leinster), A Kellock (Glasgow), K Brown (Glasgow), J Barclay (Glasgow), J Beattie (Glasgow).
Replacements: S Lawson (Gloucester), A Jacobsen (Edinburgh), R Gray (Glasgow), A MacDonald (Edinburgh), M Blair (Edinburgh), P Godman (Edinburgh), M Evans (Glasgow).



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Wales make two changes for Scots
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Blunt Scotland frustrate Robinson
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07 Feb 10 |  Rugby Union
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