Blair looks to experience

Scotland captain welcomes back veteran trio

Last Updated: 06/11/08 8:42am

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Blair: Looking for the perfect blend

Blair: Looking for the perfect blend

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Scotland captain Mike Blair believes that the addition of experience to the pack will give the side the perfect balance.

Scotland have a number of promising young players coming through the ranks - particularly in the backs with the likes of Ben Cairns, Nick De Luca and Thom Evans.

However Frank Hadden's side are able to call on the seasoned campaigners of Nathan Hines, Simon Taylor and Jason White to face the All Blacks at Murrayfield on Saturday.

Hines, Taylor and White were among the more established players that missed the tour to Argentina in the summer.

And although Scotland won the second Test in Buenos Aires, Blair insists there is no substitute for experience.

"Obviously there are a lot of similarities in this team to the squad we had in Argentina during the summer, but the additions to the team are notable," he said.

"With Simon, Jason and Nathan back there is now a really good blend to the squad.

"The squad we took to Argentina was a very young one and we still have those young guys there, but they are being complemented by these older and wiser players.

"With the young guys there is obviously a lot of talent, but at times the anxiety can show through a bit. To have these older guys back brings a calming influence on the squad - they are guys who have been there and done it, and they know what to expect. Their experience will hopefully rub off on the other guys."

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