Robbo relishing French test
Scotland head coach Andy Robinson believes he has picked a starting XV capable of outwitting France on Sunday.
By James Mason
Last Updated: 02/02/10 4:14pm
Scotland head coach Andy Robinson believes he has picked a starting XV capable of outwitting pre-tournament favourites France on Sunday.
The former England coach has made six changes from the side that was beaten by Argentina in the final autumn test, with the 45-year-old opting for the in-form players heading into the RBS Six Nations.
Robinson has recalled four Glasgow Warriors stars, with centres Max Evans and Graeme Morrison coming into the side, along with flankers Kelly Brown and John Barclay.
Gloucester prop Alasdair Dickinson is also included in the squad, as is record points scorer Chris Paterson - making his 99th appearance for Scotland.
Head coach Robinson has been impressed with the performances of the players and is keen to see what the squad deliver come Sunday.
He said: "We looked at the balance of the side and some of the tactics we'll use going into the game.
"Young Dickinson playing at loose-head is getting his first (Scotland) start of the season.
"I've been pleased with the way that he's come back and played for Gloucester - good ball carrier.
"I'm looking forward to seeing how he delivers in the game.
"Also, Kelly Brown has played well since the autumn when he didn't get selected and he was frustrated about that.
"He's gone back to Glasgow and, after a number of man-of-the-match performances, has worked his way back into the team."
Scotland's chances have been boosted going into the match with the news that Sebastien Chabal of France will not play due to injury.
However Robinson admitted that he wanted the forward to play as confidence is high in the Scotland camp.
He said: "We were hoping that Chabal was going to play.
"France are a quality side; they have strength in depth - a lot of the players that are playing - but also a number of young players are coming in there.
"We're pleased with the way the training's going but, like all things, it's about how we deliver on Sunday.
"We'll know how well the training's been after Sunday's performance. It's about challenging each other during this week and getting the combinations working hard together.
"The main thing is that everybody's ready for a big start on Sunday."