Robinson names seven uncapped players

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Alex Dunbar is one of seven uncapped players in the squad to face New Zealand
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Alex Dunbar is one of seven uncapped players in the squad to face New Zealand

Head coach Andy Robinson has named seven uncapped players in his Scotland squad for the autumn Test with New Zealand.

The 34-man squad for the November 11 Test with the world champions and the preceding training camp at St Andrews includes Edinburgh pair Stuart McInally and Grant Gilchrist as well as Alex Dunbar, Peter Horne, Peter Murchie, Tommy Seymour and Henry Pyrgos, all from Glasgow Warriors.

McInally and centre Dunbar were late call-ups to Scotland's summer tour to Australia, Fiji and Samoa, but did not play.

McInally's back-row colleague David Denton and wing Lee Jones return after missing the tour through injury, with lock Jim Hamilton back after suspension saw him miss the June trip.

Scrum-half Chris Cusiter was among 13 not considered for selection due to injury, with Mike Blair (Brive) and Rory Lawson (Newcastle Falcons) selected despite not playing top-division rugby. Pyrgos is also an option at number nine.

Edinburgh hooker Ross Ford captained the side during the RBS 6 Nations and the summer, but that position could be under threat with Saracens back-row Kelly Brown fit again.

Scotland endured a miserable 2011-12 season, eliminated from the Rugby World Cup at the group stages and defeated in all five Six Nations matches to finish with the wooden spoon.

Robinson's position was under scrutiny but Scotland responded with victories in Australia, Fiji and Samoa in June to end a seven-match winless run, their worst since 1998.

The squad will be considered once again after the All Blacks clash and ahead of the November 17 Test with South Africa and the clash with Tonga in Aberdeen a week later.

Scotland squad for St Andrews training camp and EMC Autumn Test with New Zealand on November 11: M Blair (Brive), N De Luca (Edinburgh), A Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors), M Evans (Castres), S Hogg, P Horne, R Jackson (all Glasgow Warriors), L Jones, G Laidlaw (both Edinburgh), S Lamont (Glasgow Warriors), R Lawson (Newcastle Falcons), P Murchie, H Pyrgos (both Glasgow Warriors), M Scott (Edinburgh), T Seymour (Glasgow Warriors), T Visser (Edinburgh), J Barclay (Glasgow Warriors), K Brown (Saracens), G Cross, D Denton, R Ford, G Gilchrist (all Edinburgh), R Grant (Glasgow Warriors), R Gray (Sale Sharks), D Hall (Glasgow Warriors), J Hamilton (Gloucester), A Jacobsen (Edinburgh), A Kellock (Glasgow Warriors), S Lawson (London Irish), S McInally, R Rennie (both Edinburgh), T Ryder (Glasgow Warriors), A Strokosch (Perpignan) and K Traynor (Bristol).

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