Scotland v Romania, Rugby World Cup, September 10
Paterson returns in strong Scottish side
September 7, 2011
Scotland boss Andy Robinson is clearly not underestimating the threat posed by Romania © PA Photos
Chris Paterson is to become the first Scotland player to appear in four World Cups after being named in Andy Robinson's starting line-up for Saturday's tournament opener against Romania in Invercargill.
In one of eight changes in personnel to the side which saw off Italy in the Scots' final warm-up clash, Paterson reclaims the fullback berth from Rory Lamont, who drops to the bench. Elsewhere in the back-line, Ruaridh Jackson gets the nod at fly-half ahead of Dan Parks, while Joe Ansbro and Sean Lamont are preferred to Nick De Luca and Graeme Morrison in midfield.
In the pack, Ross Ford returns at hooker at the expense of Scott Lawson for what will be his 50th Test appearance for his country, and he will be joined in the front-row by recalled props Alan Jacobsen and Geoff Cross. Nathan Hines, meanwhile, is forced to make do with a seat on the bench, with Richie Gray taking his place in the second-row alongside skipper Alistair Kellock. The back-row of Kelly Brown, John Barclay and Richie Vernon remains untouched.
Scotland boss Andy Robinson commented: ''We have picked a strong side. There is competition for places and we could easily have picked another XV, as we did in the warm-up games.
''As ever, our key objective this weekend is to win the game and thus get a foothold in the tournament. We really respect Romania, who are a young side who are developing together. For us we've trained really well in the last three months and it's now about going out and delivering.''
Robinson also took time out to pay tribute to Ford, saying: "I'm delighted for Ross that he will win his 50th cap. He's a great competitor who always works hard on the training pitch and is never content to just get by. His game is about always seeking to improve.''
Scotland: Chris Paterson; Max Evans, Joe Ansbro, Sean Lamont, Simon Danielli; Ruaridh Jackson, Mike Blair; Alan Jacobsen, Ross Ford, Geoff Cross; Richie Gray, Alistair Kellock (capt); Kelly Brown, John Barclay, Richie Vernon.
Replacements: Scott Lawson, Alasdair Dickinson, Nathan Hines, Ross Rennie, Chris Cusiter, Dan Parks, Rory Lamont.
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