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Scotland call up Bath stand-off Tom Heathcote

Last Updated: 19/11/12 10:44pm

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Tom Heathcote: England U20 international joins Scotland squad

Tom Heathcote: England U20 international joins Scotland squad

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Scotland have drafted Bath stand-off Tom Heathcote into their squad for Saturday's Test against Tonga.

The 20-year-old has already represented England at U20 level, and played for England in the IRB Junior World Championship this summer, but he was born in Inverness.

He said: "I am delighted to be called up to the Scotland squad. I've always known I was eligible to play for Scotland and I'm grateful to be given this opportunity."

Scotland head coach Andy Robinson said: "Tom has worked his way into the Bath first team squad from the academy and we've been monitoring his progress for the last couple of years."

Heathcote was called up after five players were released from the squad, including Ruaridh Jackson who featured in Saturday's 21-10 defeat by South Africa.

The stand-off will prepare for Glasgow's RaboDirect Pro12 clash with Leinster on Friday along with Alex Dunbar and Tom Ryder.

Edinburgh wing Lee Jones joined prop Allan Jacobsen, who earlier announced his retirement from international rugby, in staying in the capital as the Scotland squad travelled to Aberdeen to prepare for the Pittodrie clash.

Robinson will name his team on Wednesday as Scotland look to bounce back from defeats by the Springboks and New Zealand.

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