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2010-10-25 19:29

Captain: Alastair Kellock

Coach: Andy Robinson

RWC Appearances: 6 (First in 1987)

Best result: 4th, 1991

Scottish rugby dates back to 1871, when they beat England in the first international rugby union match at Raeburn Place. Scotland competed in the Six Nations Champions and its predecessors, the Home Nations and Five Nations Championships,  since its the inaugural tournament in 1883, winning it 14 times outright - including the last ever Five Nations in 1999 - and sharing it another 8 times.

Since the change to Six Nations, Scotland have yet to win the competition and their Rugby World Cup record is fairly average. Although they have competed in all five competitions, their best finish came in 1991, where they lost to the All Blacks in the third place play-off.

Their best form of late has come since the appointment of former England boss Andy Robinson as head coach in time for the 2009 Autumn Internationals. Scotland's form picked up immediately and the team went on to beat Fiji and defeat the Wallabies for the first time in 27 years before losing to Argentina.

Scotland went into the 2010 Six Nations with a renewed confidence, but failed to build on their autumn successes and ended the competition in fifth place after three losses, a draw and only one win.

In the 2010 Summer Internationals, Scotland toured Argentina and recorded their first ever away series victory, beating the Pumas in two tests, 24-16 (all points kicked by Dan Parks)and 13-9.

The 2011 Six Nations saw Scotland finish second from bottom on the table again, after four defeats and just one victory, but Robinson's side recovered with two victories against Ireland and Italy in their World Cup warm-up Tests during August.

Scotland will need to carry their pre-tournament form to New Zealand if they are to have any hope of qualifying for the quarter-finals.


Forwards: John Barclay, Kelly Brown, Geoff Cross, Alasdair Dickinson, Ross Ford, Richie Gray, Dougie Hall, Jim Hamilton, Nathan Hines, Allan Jacobsen, Alastair Kellock, Scott Lawson, Moray Low, Euan Murray, Ross Rennie, Alasdair Strokosch, Richie Vernon.

Backs: Joe Ansbro, Mike Blair, Chris Cusiter, Simon Danielli, Nick De Luca, Max Evans, Ruaridh Jackson, Rory Lamont, Sean Lamont, Rory Lawson, Graeme Morrison, Dan Parks, Chris Paterson.
Key Players
Dan Parks
Height: 1.80m
Weight: 90kgs

Flyhalf Dan Parks has been and will continue to be a pivotal player for the Scots, with his decisive boot and willingness to run or feed the line when the time is right.


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