Parks restored in Scottish line-up

Scotland have dropped Phil Godman and restored Dan Parks to their team for Saturday’s Six Nations Championship clash against Ireland at Murrayfield.

Fly-half Godman is the only player axed from the team beaten 37-17 by Italy in Edinburgh on February 24th.

Second-row forward Scott Murray will win his 83rd cap, surpassing Gregor Townsend’s Scotland record.

Parks, 28, started the Six Nations campaign as Scotland’s fly-half but was replaced after the opening defeat to England at Twickenham, with Godman occupying the role against Wales and Italy.

Godman, 24, made an costly error in the opening minute to gift Italy the first of their three early tries last month.

Glasgow Warriors man Parks comes in to win his 29th cap, while Rory Lamont is chosen on the bench in place of Nikki Walker.

“We’ve chosen Dan at stand-off as we feel he has the right qualities for this game. Rory Lamont has been preferred on the bench as he provides greater cover,” said Head coach Frank Hadden.

Scotland’s shock defeat to Italy has left them in danger of finishing the season with the wooden spoon, and Ireland will present formidable opposition.

The Irish are chasing the Triple Crown but Hadden is confident of causing an upset.

“We firmly believe we are capable of upsetting the form book and beating a very good Irish side,” Hadden added.

“Nobody would enjoy that scenario more than Scott Murray who will set a new Scottish cap record on Saturday.”

Scotland: 15 Hugo Southwell (Edinburgh Rugby), 14 Sean Lamont (Northampton Saints), 13 Marcus Di Rollo (Edinburgh Rugby), 12 Rob Dewey (Edinburgh Rugby), 11 Chris Paterson (c) (Edinburgh Rugby), 10 Dan Parks (Glasgow Warriors), 9 Chris Cusiter (Border Reivers), 8 David Callam (Edinburgh Rugby), 7 Kelly Brown (Border Reivers), 6 Simon Taylor (Edinburgh Rugby), 5 Scott Murray (Edinburgh Rugby), 4 Nathan Hines (Perpignan), 3 Euan Murray (Glasgow Warriors), 2 Dougie Hall (Edinburgh Rugby), 1 Gavin Kerr (Border Reivers).
Replacements: 16 Ross Ford (Border Reivers), 17 Allan Jacobsen (Edinburgh Rugby), 18 Jim Hamilton (Leicester Tigers), 19 Allister Hogg (Edinburgh Rugby), 20 Rory Lawson (Gloucester), 21 Andrew Henderson (Glasgow Warriors), 22 Rory Lamont (Glasgow Warriors).

Date: Saturday 10th March 2007
Time: 13.30 GMT
Venue: Murrayfield
Referee: Dave Pearson (England)
Touch judges: Nigel Owens (Wales), Tim Hayes (Wales)
Television match official: Hugh Watkins (Wales)
Assessor: Michel Lamoulie (France)


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