Thursday, November 19, 2009

International Test Rugby: Tongan's to Face Scotland 'A'

Tonga v Scotland 'A' in Galashiels

Venue: Netherdale


Players selected for Scotland 'A' for Fridays international rugby match against the touring Tongan side, will be playing with Scotland's head coach Andy Robinson in the stands. This will be there opportunity to impress the coach ahead of next Saturday's test against Argentina. Scotland will play Australia at Murrayfield on Saturday.

Scotland 'A' coach has selected a fairly experienced side with seven players who part of the winning IRB Nations side that went to Bucharest in June. In addition ten players have played tests for Scotland.

Is it that nobody interviews the Tongans. Or are they just secretive, or perhaps shy? For whatever reason not a peep out of Tonga.

Previous Encounters
05.06.1993 Scotland XV 22-5 in Nuku'alofa
28.09.1974 Scotland XV 44-8 at Murrayfield

GWC Rugby Rankings do not apply

Prediction: No rest for Tonga. Scotland 'A' by 30 points.


Scotland A
15 Jim Thompson (Edinburgh)
14 Thom Evans (Glasgow Warriors)
13 Ben Cairns (Edinburgh)
12 John Houston (Edinburgh)
11 Nikki Walker (Neath Swansea Ospreys, Wales)
10 Hugo Southwell (Stade Francais, France)
9 Rory Lawson (captain, Gloucester)
8 Allister Hogg (Edinburgh)
7 Alan MacDonald (Edinburgh)
6 Kelly Brown (Glasgow Warriors)
5 Richie Gray (Glasgow Warriors
4 Scott MacLeod (Edinburgh)3 Geoff Cross (Edinburgh)
2 Scott Lawson (Gloucester)
1 Jon Welsh (Glasgow Warriors)
16 Andrew Kelly (Edinburgh)
17 Edward Kalman (Glasgow Warriors)
18 Craig Hamilton (Edinburgh)
19 Roddy Grant (Edinburgh)
20 Greig Laidlaw (Edinburgh)
21 Colin Gregor (Glasgow Warriors)
22 Mark Robertson (Edinburgh)
Head Coach: Sean Lineen


Team list as yet not available

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