Saint Ansbro replaces Evans for Scotland

Uncapped 25-year-old centre Joe Ansbro will make his debut for Scotland in tomorrow’s Autumn Test against South Africa at Murrayfield.

Glasgow-born Ansbro replaces Max Evans who has not recovered sufficiently from the shoulder injury he sustained against New Zealand last weekend.

Scotland team doctor James Robson said today: “Max is improving all the time and the hope and expectation is that he will be available for selection for next weekend’s international against Samoa.

“However, it was felt with the player’s welfare of paramount importance that he was not quite ready for the rigours of a Test match tomorrow.”

Scotland head coach Andy Robinson said: “Joe is a talented footballer. We have been monitoring his progress at Northampton closely and he has been getting regular game time this season.

“We took him with Scotland A to the IRB Nations Cup in Romania in 2009 and we believe he has the required qualities to perform in international rugby.”

“It’s the highlight of my rugby career so far to be called up for a game of this magnitude to represent Scotland.” Ansbro told the Scotland rugby website.

“There’s excitement, pride and a bit of nerves as well, a good mix really.”

Revised Scotland team

Hugo Southwell; Nikki Walker, Joe Ansbro, Graeme Morrison, Sean Lamont; Dan Parks, Rory Lawson (capt); Kelly Brown, Nathan Hines, John Barclay; Scott MacLeod, Richie Gray; Allan Jacobsen, Euan Murray, Ross Ford

Replacements: Dougie Hall, Moray Low, Richie Vernon, Ross Rennie, Greig Laidlaw, Ruaridh Jackson, Chris Paterson

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