Scottish Rugby
Taylor opts out of Scotland squad
August 6, 2009
Andy Robinson coach of Edinburgh and former England coach takes part in a Scotland training session at Murrayfield ahead of this weekends RBS six nations match against France January 29, 2008 in Edinburgh,Scotland.
Andy Robinson has named his first Scotland squad since taking charge © Getty Images

New Scotland coach Andy Robinson has named eight uncapped players in his first 44-man squad for a training camp at St. Andrews later this month, but will be without Stade Francais No.8 Simon Taylor.

Taylor, who has 66 caps, has opted out of this squad voluntarily - but Robinson has stated that the door isn't closed.

"I have spoken at length with Simon and he has requested not to be involved with Scotland at this stage," said Robinson. "I am agreeing to his request but the door remains open for Simon to be involved with Scotland at a later stage and I will be monitoring his form over the next few months."

Robinson was appointed as Scotland boss in June, following the departure of Frank Hadden after another disappointing Six Nations campaign.

Seven of the eight new faces were part of the victorious Scotland 'A' squad who captured the IRB Nations Cup in June - centre/wing John Houston, openside Alan MacDonald, fullback Jim Thompson and loose-head prop Kyle Traynor (all Edinburgh), fly-half Ruaridh Jackson and No.8 Richie Vernon (both Glasgow Warriors) and Worcester Warriors centre Alex Grove. Glasgow lock Richie Gray completes the newcomers.

All four of Scotland's British & Irish Lions, prop Euan Murray, hooker Ross Ford, lock Nathand Hines and scrum-half Mike Blair have been included.

Robinson will begin preparations for the autumn Tests against Fiji, Australia and Argentina at the camp between August 17 and 19.

Backs: Mike Blair, Ben Cairns (both Edinburgh), Chris Cusiter (Glasgow Warriors), Simon Danielli (Ulster), Nick De Luca (Edinburgh), Thom Evans, Max Evans (both Glasgow Warriors), Phil Godman (Edinburgh), Alex Grove (Worcester Warriors), John Houston (Edinburgh), Ruaridh Jackson (Glasgow Warriors), Rory Lamont (Toulon), Sean Lamont (Scarlets), Rory Lawson (Gloucester), Graeme Morrison (Glasgow Warriors), Chris Paterson (Edinburgh), Hugo Southwell (Stade Francais), Jim Thompson (Edinburgh), Nikki Walker (Ospreys), Simon Webster (Edinburgh)

Forwards: John Barclay, Johnnie Beattie, Kelly Brown (all Glasgow Warriors), Geoff Cross (Edinburgh), Alasdair Dickinson (Gloucester), Ross Ford (Edinburgh), Richie Gray (Glasgow Warriors), Scott Gray (Northampton Saints), Dougie Hall (Glasgow Warriors), Craig Hamilton, Jim Hamilton (both Edinburgh), Nathan Hines (Leinster), Allister Hogg, Allan Jacobsen (both Edinburgh), Alastair Kellock (Glasgow Warriors), Scott Lawson (Gloucester), Moray Low (Glasgow Warriors), Alan MacDonald, Scott MacLeod (both Edinburgh), Euan Murray (Northampton Saints), Alasdair Strokosch (Gloucester), Kyle Traynor (Edinburgh), Richie Vernon (Glasgow Warriors), Jason White (Clermont Auvergne)


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