Scotland squad for matches v Barbarians and Romania
Scotland's new interim coaching team today name a squad of 30 which will gather for training next week ahead of the matches against the Barbarians and Romania.
Backs - Graeme Beveridge (Glasgow Rugby), Mike Blair (Edinburgh Rugby)*, Andy Craig (Glasgow Rugby), Marcus Di Rollo (Edinburgh Rugby), Andrew Henderson (Glasgow Rugby), Ben Hinshelwood (Worcester Warriors), Rory Lamont (Glasgow Rugby), Sean Lamont (Glasgow Rugby), Stuart Moffat (The Borders), Dan Parks (Glasgow Rugby), Chris Paterson (Edinburgh Rugby), Gordon Ross (Leeds Tykes), Hugo Southwell (Edinburgh Rugby), Simon Webster (Edinburgh Rugby)
Forwards - Kelly Brown (The Borders)*, Simon Cross (Edinburgh Rugby), Bruce Douglas (The Borders), Alastair Kellock (Edinburgh Rugby)*, Stuart Grimes (Newcastle Falcons), Dougie Hall (Edinburgh Rugby), Craig Hamilton (Newcastle Falcons), Allister Hogg (Edinburgh Rugby)* Allan Jacobsen (Edinburgh Rugby), Gavin Kerr (Leeds Tykes), Scott Lawson (Glasgow Rugby), Euan Murray (Glasgow Rugby)*, Scott Murray (Edinburgh Rugby), Jon Petrie (Glasgow Rugby), Jason White (Sale Sharks), Andrew Wilson (Glasgow Rugby)*
* = Member of Scottish Institute of Sport
In addition to Scotland's three British and Irish Lions - Gordon Bulloch (Glasgow Rugby), Chris Cusiter (The Borders)* and Simon Taylor (Edinburgh Rugby) - the following players were unavailable for selection due to injury - Rob Russell, Graeme Morrison, Scott Gray, Craig Smith (all shoulder), Scott Macleod (ankle), Simon Danielli (back) and Donnie Macfadyen (ongoing recovery from knee). Nathan Hines (Edinburgh Rugby) is unavailable for family reasons but remains very much central to the coaches' thoughts, while Ross Ford (The Borders) was not chosen in order that he can concentrate on the forthcoming IRB under-21 World Championship in Argentina.
Head coach Frank Hadden said: "We have picked the best 30 players available to us at present. The coaches' meeting yesterday to discuss selection went well. It was very constructive and there is a lot of excitement among us. We're really looking forward to getting stuck in."
The squad gather for three days of training at Murrayfield on Tuesday (10 May).
Scotland will play The Barbarians at Pittodrie, Aberdeen on Tuesday 24 May (kick-off 7.30pm) and Romania at the Dinamo Stadium, Bucharest on Sunday 5 June (kick-off 5pm local time).