Lawson to skipper Scotland

Blair ruled out through concussion

Last Updated: 17/11/10 5:44pm

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Lawson: Captaincy

Lawson: Captaincy

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Scotland have confirmed that Rory Lawson will skipper the side in Saturday's Test against South Africa.

Lawson has been handed the reins after Mike Blair was ruled out of the contest at Murrayfield with concussion.

Blair suffered a blow to the head during the 49-3 hammering against the All Blacks last week - opening the door for Lawson.

The Gloucester No.9 has recovered from the hand injury that forced him to sit out that defeat.

The return of Lawson is one of four changes for the match, with Nikki Walker, Scott MacLeod and Nathan Hines also coming into the side.

Rory Lamont, Jim Hamilton and Richie Vernon are the players to miss out.

Coach Andy Robinson has also made changes on the bench, with Dougie Hall, Moray Low and Chris Paterson earning call-ups.

Robinson said: "We have to show Scotland's supporters this weekend that we are ready to face up to the intensely physical challenge that the South Africans always present.

"The players are pledged to deliver a much-improved performance this weekend and I believe they can restore pride in the Scotland jersey."

Scotland team to face South Africa: 15-Hugo Southwell, 14-Nikki Walker, 13-Max Evans, 12-Graeme Morrison, 11-Sean Lamont, 10-Dan Parks, 9-Rory Lawson; 1-Allan Jacobsen, 2-Ross Ford, 3-Euan Murray, 4-Scott MacLeod, 5-Richie Gray, 6-Nathan Hines, 7-John Barclay, 8-Kelly Brown
Replacements: Dougie Hall, Moray Low, Richie Vernon, Ross Rennie, Greig Laidlaw, Ruaridh Jackson, Chris Paterson

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