Scotland keen on Swinson

Robinson want Falcons lock to switch national allegiances

Last Updated: 14/05/10 9:11am

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Swinson: Wanted man

Swinson: Wanted man

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Newcastle coach Alan Tait has revealed Scotland have been courting talented second row Tim Swinson.

The 22-year-old was born in London but he qualifies for Scotland through a grandparent - something that has not gone unnoticed by Andy Robinson and his coaching team.

As a result Scotland have been sounding out Tait about the possibility of Swinson, who has made 22 appearances in the Guinness Premiership this season, switching national allegiances.

Tait told The Journal: "Scotland are desperate to bring Tim into their setup.

"I have had a number of calls from different people there talking about him.

"He was just a young kid when I joined the club here, but even then you could see his ability and potential.

"And this season he has come right into his own: he's been consistently one of the best performers in our pack this year, he works extremely hard and is a real physical presence."

England are currently well stocked in the second row department, with Geoff Parling, Courtney Lawes, Tom Palmer, Simon Shaw and Dave Attwood touring Down Under in the summer and Graham Kitchener, Stuart Hooper and George Skivington selected for the Saxons. On top of that Steve Borthwick and Louis Deacon are sidelined through injury.

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