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Six Nations: Jackson replaces Parks for Scotland

RBS Six Nations: Scotland v Ireland
Venue: Murrayfield Date: Sunday 27 February Kick-off: 1500 GMT
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Dan Parks
Parks has been dropped from Scotland's starting line-up

Ruaridh Jackson will replace Dan Parks at stand-off and make his first start for Scotland in Sunday's Six Nations encounter with Ireland.

Parks is one of four players axed following the defeat to Wales.

Scrum-half Rory Lawson, lock Nathan Hines and number eight Richie Vernon also fail to make the starting XV.

Full-back Chris Paterson, centre Sean Lamont, scrum-half Mike Blair, prop Moray Low, lock Richie Gray and number eight Johnnie Beattie come in.

Lawson, Hines, Vernon and Parks all drop to the bench, while tight-head prop Euan Murray is unavailable as he refuses to play on Sundays because of religious reasons.

Northampton centre Joe Ansbro and full-back Hugo Southwell, who started the Wales game, are injured, as is Toulon full-back Rory Lamont.

We have made changes with a view to securing our first win of the competition and giving our supporters the lift that they deserve

Scotland head coach Andy Robinson

A positional switch sees Nick De Luca move from inside centre to the number 13 shirt. On the bench, Geoff Cross and Simon Danielli are involved in a Scotland 22 for the first time this year.

The Scots have suffered two straight defeats in their Six Nations campaign, the opening day reverse against France in Paris and the defeat by Wales at Murrayfield.

Head coach Andy Robinson is urging the team to "restore the pride in all Scotland supporters" after the disappointing 24-6 defeat by Wales.

"We have made changes with a view to securing our first win of the competition and giving our supporters the lift that they deserve," he said.

"We know that Ireland will bring their own distinct physicality and guile to Murrayfield on Sunday and it is up to our squad to front up to that challenge.

"We must play with belief and eliminate the mistakes which have bedevilled us in our opening two games and we must produce a performance that restores the pride in all Scotland supporters."

Southwell picked up a facial injury in the defeat by Wales and team doctor James Robson revealed that he and Lamont could be out of action for a couple of weeks.

That means both could be fit in time to face England at Twickenham on 13 March.

Ansbro suffered concussion during Northampton's loss to Bath and will miss the Murrayfield clash, while Rory Lamont sustained a leg injury against Agen.

Beattie delighted at Scottish recall

"Hugo sustained quite a nasty facial injury in a collision with Lee Byrne last week against Wales which required multiple stitches," he said.

"Subsequently, it developed a slight complication with the wound, which meant that he had to go back in and have the wound cleaned up and re-sutured and that basically left him with a big swollen face for a few days.

"And, of course, it is not the kind of thing that you can go into a collision sport carrying because it would very easily open up again.

"So he needs a couple of weeks to be fully healed before he can return to contact.

"He basically sliced across his cheek and this opened a big gash up in his cheek. You don't see that injury very often. But, when you do, it demands greater care and attention."

Lamont also faces a couple of weeks out of action.

"He sustained quite a nasty dead-leg," said Robson. "A dead-leg often sounds fairly simple and people often recover from dead-legs fairly quickly.

"But Rory sustained a dead-leg where he has actually bled into the thigh and the thigh is very swollen and that is going to take a couple of weeks to resolve."

Robinson targets better Scottish start

Ansbro could yet play for his club at the weekend despite being ruled out of international duty.

"Joe Ansbro sustained a head injury, in effect a nasty concussion, at the weekend playing for Northampton and, as such, was still symptomatic last night," said Robson.

"We can return people to play within a week. If you are in a club setting, you could monitor him and he already knows the workings of the team and he knows the codes and things.

"But, at international level, the way that the protocol is such, he wouldn't actually start training with us until Wednesday or Thursday at the earliest and, by that time, we have done the bulk of our international training."

Six forwards sat out training on Monday, while Glasgow Warriors pair Jon Welsh (ribs) and Robert Harley (hip), Edinburgh flanker Ross Rennie (toe) and Leinster second row Hines (knee) all suffered knocks in Magners League action at the weekend.

Vernon is still feeling the effects of the calf knock he suffered against Wales, while hooker Dougie Hall continues to be troubled by the shoulder injury that ruled him out of the Murrayfield defeat.


Scotland: Chris Paterson (Edinburgh); Nikki Walker (Ospreys), Nick De Luca (Edinburgh), Sean Lamont (Scarlets), Max Evans (Glasgow Warriors); Ruaridh Jackson (Glasgow Warriors), Mike Blair (Edinburgh); Allan Jacobsen (Edinburgh), Ross Ford (Edinburgh), Moray Low (Glasgow Warriors), Richie Gray (Glasgow Warriors), Alastair Kellock (Glasgow Warriors), Kelly Brown (Saracens), John Barclay (Glasgow Warriors), Johnnie Beattie (Glasgow Warriors).
Replacements: Scott Lawson (Gloucester), Geoff Cross (Edinburgh), Nathan Hines (Leinster), Richie Vernon (Glasgow Warriors), Rory Lawson (Gloucester), Dan Parks (Cardiff Blues), Simon Danielli (Ulster).



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Richie Gray's Six Nations Diary
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Stringer added to Ireland squad
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Robinson rues Scottish mistakes
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Scotland 6-24 Wales
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France 34-21 Scotland
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