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Scotland add Greig Laidlaw to squad for All Blacks game

Scotland v New Zealand EMC Autumn Test
Venue: MurrayfieldDate: Saturday 13 November Kick-off: 1715 GMT
Coverage: BBC One Scotland, BBC Radio Scotland commentary available via BBC Sport website

Andy Robinson
Robinson put his squad through their paces at training on Tuesday

Scotland head coach Andy Robinson has called uncapped Grieg Laidlaw up to the bench for Saturday's autumn Test against the All Blacks.

The Edinburgh scrum-half joins the matchday 22 as Rory Lawson is injured.

There are five other changes to the starting XV, with Rory Lamont replacing Simon Danielli, while Mike Blair is captain for the 14th time.

Euan Murray takes Moray Low's place at tight-head prop, and Richie Gray and Richie Vernon also make debuts.

Gray and Vernon, both of Glasgow Warriors, come in for the injured Ally Kellock and Johnnie Beattie.

Gloucester's Lawson started Scotland's last Test against Argentina in June, but has failed to recover sufficiently from a hand injury he received while playing for his club Gloucester in June.

His deputy on the bench, Laidlaw, is the nephew of the former Scotland and British Lions scrum-half Roy Laidlaw.

Robinson said: "This is obviously disappointing for Rory but there's now an opportunity for Greig, who is tenacious and fiercely competitive and has shown the skills and mindset on his appearances for Scotland A and Scotland Sevens and on his performances for Edinburgh to underline his credentials."

Scotland's last international outing was the historic 13-9 series-clinching win against Argentina in Mar del Plata in June and Robinson issued a challenge to his players to build on their four-match unbeaten run when they run-out against New Zealand in the capital.

We have shown our appetite to drive forward our game and our aim is to improve on our best performances last season, which we know inspired the country

Scotland head coach
Andy Robinson

"It is imperative that we front up from the first whistle against the All Blacks on Saturday and play the game at a tempo where we can unveil our skills and show our discipline," said Robinson.

"Because the winning of this Test match is in our hands.

"We have shown our appetite to drive forward our game and our aim is to improve on our best performances last season, which we know inspired the country.

"As someone who loves his rugby it's been a real thrill to watch many of New Zealand's games this year and, for me, it's important that this month the Scotland team earn the respect of the southern hemisphere by the qualities we bring to bear."

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Robinson is also keen for the Scotland fans to play their part at Murrayfield, with a full capacity expected at Saturday's match.

"The support we had during our autumn Test against Australia last year was phenomenal," said Robinson.

"The crowd shared the players' belief and conviction that day and roared us on and we have to do our bit to create that same fabulous atmosphere this weekend.


Scotland: Hugo Southwell (Stade Francais), Rory Lamont (Toulon), Max Evans (Glasgow Warriors), Graeme Morrison (Glasgow Warriors), Sean Lamont (Scarlets), Dan Parks (Cardiff Blues), Mike Blair (Edinburgh) CAPTAIN, Allan Jacobsen (Edinburgh), Ross Ford (Edinburgh), Euan Murray (Northampton Saints), Richie Gray (Glasgow Warriors), Jim Hamilton (Gloucester), Kelly Brown (Saracens), Richie Vernon (Glasgow Warriors), John Barclay (Glasgow Warriors).

Replacements: Scott Lawson (Gloucester). Alasdair Dickinson (Gloucester), Nathan Hines (Leinster), Ross Rennie (Edinburgh), Rory Lawson (Gloucester), Ruaridh Jackson (Glasgow Warriors), Nikki Walker (Ospreys).



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