Dearlove goes from beach to bench
Scots call up another replacement
June 1, 2004

Matt Williams was on Tuesday forced to call uncapped loose forward Paul Dearlove off his summer holidays and straight into Scotland's 22-man squad for Wednesday's game against NSW Country after Cameron Mather's tour was ended by a twisted ankle.

Scotland's doctor James Robson confirmed Mather, who sustained the injury against Queensland last Saturday, would not recover in time to play in Friday's Test match against Samoa and he left for home on Monday night.

With Scotland facing two games in 48 hours, Williams needed to react swiftly. And with shades of the 2001 British Lions tour, when Scottish scrum-half Andy Nicol was called from the bar to the bench for the deciding Test against the Wallabies, it was simply a case of right place, right time for Dearlove.

The versatile loose forward, who moved to Glasgow last year after failing to break into the ACT Brumbies' Super 12 squad, happened to be on holiday in Sydney and was happy to answer Scotland's SOS.

"I was surprised to get the call but I am delighted to be able to join the
squad," he said.

"I will certainly do my very best to make the most of this opportunity. The
chance to pull on the jersey and represent Scotland really means so much to meand it is one I will certainly not take lightly.

"Hopefully I will be able to get on in the game and get the chance to show
what I can do on the pitch."

Dearlove was in Australia's squad at the 2000 SANZAR Under-21 Tournament in Auckland and has also represented the Australian Barbarians.

But the 25-year-old turned down the chance to play for the Australian Sevens team because he did not want to prejudice his eligibility for both Scotland andSouth Africa.

"We needed a replacement for Cammy at short notice and it was fortuitous that Paul was on holiday in Sydney," said Williams.

"We made contact with him and he has now joined the squad for the NSW Country game.

"We hoped Cammy would recover sufficiently to take part in further tour games but after an assessment it was deemed that the injury was more severe than first thought and regrettably, Cammy had to return home."

Mather is the third member of the original 40-man squad who congregated on the Gold Coast last week to be ruled out of the tour.

Prop Euan Murray was forced to fly home without playing a game after failing to shake a thigh injury and has been replaced by 28-year-old Rotherham tighthead Colin Noon, also amongst the replacements for the NSW Country game.

Fullback Robbie Kydd suffered a fractured cheekbone 20 minutes into his Scotland debut against Queensland and undergoes an operation on Tuesday to have a plate inserted just below his right eye.

Scrum-half Mike Blair suffered a 'stinger' during the Queensland game and was replaced at half-time by Graeme Beveridge, who will start against NSW Country.

Williams has reshuffled his side, making a total of nine changes in personnel to the starting XV that was thumped 41-5 by Queensland.

Dan Parks takes over at fly-half and Simon Danielli gets a run on the wing in a side captained by number eight John Petrie.

NSW Country, who are top of the table in the six-team Australian Rugby Shield, included former Australian winger Scott Staniforth and ACT Brumbies number eight Scott Fava amongst their replacements.

Scotland team to play NSW Country in Wollongong is: G Morton; S Danielli, M Di Rollo, G Morrison, H Southwell; D Parks, G Beveridge; A Jacobsen, S Scott, J Brannigan, C Hamilton, S MacLeod, A Hall, S Gray, J Petrie
(captain).

Replacements: R Russell, C Noon, A Kellock, P Dearlove, M Blair, S Cranston, B Hinshelwood.

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