World Cup - Team Guide: Scotland

Thu, 08 Sep 17:12:00 2011

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SCOTLAND

Colours: Dark blue shirt, white shorts.

World ranking: 7

Coach: Andy Robinson.

The former England boss signed a new four-year contract in February on the back of some impressive results in 2010, including a shock win over South Africa, but it has been largely downhill for Scotland since then, with only a home win over Italy preventing a Six Nations whitewash, so Robinson now faces a tough test to turn things round.

Squad:

BACKS Born Caps Tries Cons Pens DGs Pts

Joe Ansbro 29/10/85 7 1 0 0 0 5

Mike Blair 20/4/81 72 6 0 0 0 30

Chris Cusiter 13/6/82 53 3 0 0 0 15

Simon Danielli 8/9/79 30 6 0 0 0 30

Nick de Luca 1/2/84 26 1 0 0 0 5

Max Evans 28/9/83 20 3 0 0 0 15

Ruaridh Jackson 12/2/88 8 0 2 1 1 10

Rory Lamont 10/10/82 25 6 0 0 0 30

Sean Lamont 15/1/81 56 8 0 0 0 40

Rory Lawson 12/3/81 28 0 0 0 0 0

Graeme Morrison 17/10/82 30 3 0 0 0 15

Dan Parks 26/5/78 62 4 15 48 14 236

Chris Paterson 30/3/78 105 22 89 163 3 786

FORWARDS

John Barclay 24/9/86 29 2 0 0 0 10

Kelly Brown 8/6/82 46 4 0 0 0 20

Geoff Cross 11/12/82 6 0 0 0 0 0

Alasdair Dickinson 11/9/83 21 1 0 0 0 5

Ross Ford 23/4/84 49 2 0 0 0 10

Richie Gray 24/8/89 12 0 0 0 0 0

Dougie Hall 24/9/80 36 1 0 0 0 5

Jim Hamilton 17/11/82 32 1 0 0 0 5

Nathan Hines 29/11/76 73 2 0 0 0 10

Allan Jacobsen 22/9/78 56 0 0 0 0 0

Alastair Kellock 14/6/81 34 1 0 0 0 5

Scott Lawson 28/9/81 28 2 0 0 0 10

Moray Low 28/11/84 15 0 0 0 0 0

Euan Murray 7/8/80 39 2 0 0 0 10

Ross Rennie 29/3/86 8 0 0 0 0 0

Alasdair Strokosch 21/2/83 20 1 0 0 0 5

Richie Vernon 7/7/87 12 0 0 0 0 0

Key player: Dan Parks.

The Cardiff Blues points machine was a major factor in Scotland’s first Test series win in Argentina and their stunning victory over South Africa in 2010, but he lost form in this year’s Six Nations and, as a result, the Scots slumped. The fly-half needs to rediscover his touch if Scotland are to threaten again.

2010-11 form:

13/11/10 v New Zealand (Edinburgh) L 3-49

20/11/10 v South Africa (Edinburgh) W 21-17

27/11/10 v Samoa (Aberdeen) W 19-16

5/2/11 v France (Paris) L 21-34

12/2/11v Wales (Edinburgh) L 6-24

27/2/11 v Ireland (Edinburgh) L 18-21

13/3/11 v England (Twickenham) L 16-22

19/3/11 v Italy (Edinburgh) W 21-8

6/8/11 v Ireland (Edinburgh) W 10-6

20/8/11 v Italy (Edinburgh) W 23-12

World Cup pedigree:

Fourth: 1991.

Quarter-finals: 1987, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007.

Record: P29, W17, D1, L11.

Most appearances: Doddie Weir 14.

Most points: Gavin Hastings 227.

Most tries: Gavin Hastings 9.

High:

Reaching the semi-finals for the one and only time in their history in 1991 by winning all their group matches, including a 24-15 victory over Ireland, and then thrashing Western Samoa 28-6 in the quarter-finals.

Low:

Losing 9-6 to the auld enemy, England, in the semi-finals at Murrayfield in 1991. Scotland have never got as close to qualifying for the final since. Indeed, they have scarcely looked like progressing to the last four again, although they did finish only six points adrift of Argentina in the 2007 quarter-finals.

Hero: Gavin Hastings.

With 227 points from 13 matches, the former captain and full-back is the second highest points-scorer in World Cup history. His total of 39 conversions is also a World Cup record and he was the main reason behind the Scots’ best ever placing of fourth in 1991.

Villain: Gavin Hastings.

May be this is a bit harsh, but how on earth did Scotland’s most reliable goalkicker fluff a penalty from almost in front of the posts in the 1991 semi-final against England? It let the auld enemy off the hook and allowed them to reach the final for the first time.

2011 prospects:

A 2010 series victory in Argentina – Scotland’s first – and an encouraging performance in defeat at Twickenham in March should give the Scots hope of avoiding a first World Cup exit at the group stage, but they are unlikely to get any further than the quarter-finals.

Group matches:

10/9/11 v Romania (Invercargill)

14/9/11 v Georgia (Invercargill)

25/9/11 v Argentina (Wellington)

1/10/11 v England (Auckland)

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