Six Nations
Parks secures Scotland recall
January 20, 2010
Dan Parks of Scotland runs with the ball during the RBS Six Nations Championship match between Scotland and England at Murrayfield in Edinburgh, Scotland on March 8, 2008.
Dan Parks has been called in from the cold by Scotland © Getty Images

Scotland coach Andy Robinson has recalled Glasgow fly-half Dan Parks to his squad for their opening Six Nations games against France and Wales.

Parks has not played a Test match since November 2008 but has been in commanding form for the Warriors, who he will leave at the end of the season for Cardiff Blues. Robinson has named two uncapped players in the squad, with Parks' Glasgow team-mates Richie Gray and Ruaridh Jackson given the nod. Gloucester prop Alasdair Dickinson and Edinburgh lock Jim Hamilton return to the squad after missing the November Tests through injury.

Chris Cusiter and Rory Lawson are the scrum-halves, with Edinburgh's Mike Blair invited to join the squad next week as he continues to recover from injury. Ross Rennie, Jim Thompson, who like Lawson is a grandson of the late Bill McLaren, and Glasgow Warriors prop Jon Welsh have also been asked to attend training at St Andrews.

Thom and Max Evans are both included in the squad while Hugo Southwell has been named after some strong form for Stade Francais. Sean Lamont will be joined in the squad by brother Rory should the Toulon fullback pull through a club game against Montpellier on January 27.

Northampton prop Euan Murray is in the squad despite his refusal to face France on February 7, a Sunday, due to his religious beliefs.

"Richie Gray has worked hard to win a place in the squad and has applied himself consistently when playing for Glasgow, and we were also pleased to see Ruaridh back in action there," said Robinson. "Dan has been playing well and it's an asset for us to have someone of his ability in the squad."

Scotland squad to face France and Wales in the 2010 Six Nations:

Forwards: John Barclay (Glasgow), Johnnie Beattie (Glasgow), Kelly Brown (Glasgow), Alasdair Dickinson (Gloucester), Ross Ford (Edinburgh), Richie Gray (Glasgow), Dougie Hall (Glasgow), Jim Hamilton (Edinburgh), Nathan Hines (Leinster), Allan Jacobsen (Edinburgh), Alastair Kellock (Glasgow), Scott Lawson (Gloucester), Moray Low (Glasgow), Alan MacDonald (Edinburgh), Euan Murray (Northampton), Alasdair Strokosch (Gloucester)

Backs: Chris Cusiter (Glasgow), Simon Danielli (Ulster), Nick De Luca (Edinburgh), Max Evans (Glasgow), Thom Evans (Glasgow), Phil Godman (Edinburgh), Alex Grove (Worcester), Ruaridh Jackson (Glasgow), Sean Lamont (Scarlets), Rory Lawson (Gloucester), Graeme Morrison (Glasgow), Dan Parks (Glasgow), Chris Paterson (Edinburgh), Hugo Southwell (Stade Francais)

Invited to train with the squad at St Andrews (January 25-28): Mike Blair (Edinburgh), Ross Rennie (Edinburgh), Jim Thompson (Edinburgh), Jon Welsh (Glasgow)


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