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Preview – Scotland A v USA


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Steve Swindall, the 24-year-old Glasgow Warriors flanker, will make his Scotland A debut on Wednesday in their Churchill Cup opener against the USA in Henley.

Elsewhere there are ten full caps in the starting line-up seeking to improve on Scotland A’s runners-up spot in last season’s competition in North America.

“Steve has been part of an outstanding back-row and pack effort at Glasgow. He works hard and deserves his chance at this level,” said coach Frank Hadden.

“The Barclays Churchill Cup was introduced to create opportunity for players who might otherwise not be able to show the national coach what they can do.

“The fact the National Management Team are looking after the A team shows how important we believe this opportunity is for the players as we build towards the Rugby World Cup in the autumn.”

The USA lost 3-51 to England Saxons in their first game on Friday night at Sale but Hadden cautioned against reading too much into that result.

“We watched the game on Friday where the USA were completely dominated by a very powerful England front five,” he wsaid.

“I expect the USA will react positively to that experience and we might not find it quite so straight-forward on Wednesday.”

Rory Lawson, who led Scotland A in last season’ s Churchill Cup, where wins were posted against England Saxons and Canada, will skipper the team on Wednesday, though Hadden reiterated his intention to appoint a captain on a game by game basis throughout the tournament.

The teams:

Scotland A: 15 Rory Lamont (Glasgow Warriors), 14 Simon Webster (Edinburgh Rugby), 13 Calum MacRae (Border Reivers), 12 Graeme Morrison (Glasgow Warriors), 11 Thom Evans (Glasgow Warriors), 10 Gordon Ross (Castres), 9 Rory Lawson (Gloucester, captain), 8 Johnnie Beattie (Glasgow Warriors), 7 John Barclay (Glasgow Warriors), 6 Steve Swindall (Glasgow Warriors), 5 Iain Fullarton (Saracens), 4 Andrew Hall (Newport Gwent Dragons), 3 Bruce Douglas (Border Reivers), 2 Scott Lawson (Glasgow Warriors), 1 Alasdair Dickinson (Edinburgh Rugby).
Replacements: 16 Fergus Thomson (Glasgow Warriors), 17 Craig Smith (Edinburgh Rugby), 18 Mark Rennie (Bourgoin), 19 Alasdair Strokosch (Edinburgh Rugby), 20 Rob Chrystie (Border Reivers), 21 Phil Godman (Edinburgh Rugby), 22 Robbie Kydd (Northampton Saints).

USA: tbc

Date: Wednesday, May 23
Venue: Henley RFC
Kick-off: 18:00 BST (17:00 GMT)
Referee: Phil Smith (Canada)


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