Callam to make first start for Scotland

Edinburgh number eight David Callam will make his first start for Scotland in the final autumn Test against Australia on Saturday.

The 23-year-old was a replacement in the opening Test wins over Romania and the Pacific Islanders. The Bedford School product has represented Scotland through the age groups and is now rewarded with his first senior start after impressing as a substitute in the previous two tests.

Callam replaces Johnny Beattie, who suffered ankle ligament damage in the win over the south seas team last weekend.

Glasgow Warriors stand-off Dan Parks keeps his place in the starting XV against the Wallabies, while Mike Blair replaces Chris Cusiter, who has undergone shoulder surgery.

Scotland head coach Frank Hadden has called on his team to keep their undefeated home record in 2006.

He said: “We are unbeaten at Murrayfield this year and everyone involved with the squad is proud of that.

“We will require a top-drawer performance from our entire 22 to maintain that on Saturday.”

Rory Lawson and Alasdair Strokosch start on the bench as they join a senior Scotland squad for the first time.

Scotland: 15 Chris Paterson (c), 14 Sean Lamont, 13 Marcus Di Rollo, 12 Andy Henderson, 11 Simon Webster, 10 Dan Parks, 9 Mike Blair, 8 David Callam, 7 Kelly Brown, 6 Simon Taylor, 5 Scott Murray, 4 Nathan Hines, 3 Euan Murray, 2 Dougie Hall, 1 Gavin Kerr
Substitutes: 16 Ross Ford, 17 Allan Jacobsen, 18 Alastair Kellock, 19 Alasdair Strokosch, 20 Rory Lawson, 21 Phil Godman, 22 Hugo Southwell

Date: 25th November 2006, 14.30 (GMT)
Venue: Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Referee: Donal Courtney (Ireland)
Touch judges: Mark Lawrence (South Africa), Hugh Watkins (Wales),
Television match official: Nigel Whitehouse (Wales)
Assessor: Michel Lamoulie (France)

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