Paterson and Taylor to represent Scotland in Tsunami match
2 March 2005 14:51
Full-back Chris Paterson and back-row forward Simon Taylor will represent Scotland in the IRB Rugby Aid match this Saturday.
Gordon Bulloch and Chris Cusiter were forced to withdraw from the game on the advice of the Scotland management team and medical staff.
Players involved in RBS 6 Nations teams will play for The North against the best of the Tri-Nations countries representing the southern hemisphere in the match at Twickenham.
Lions head coach Sir Clive Woodward is taking charge of the northern side for the match, which is designed to raise money for the United Nations World Food Programme and their relief efforts to assist communities affected by the Boxing Day tsunami.
But Scottish Rugby Union director of rugby Ian McGeechan has told organisers of the game that other internationals will be made available if necessary.
He said: ''We agreed with the organisers that, fitness pending, all leading players would be available for selection.
"While Gordon Bulloch and Chris Cusiter have had to withdraw, we are delighted to be providing two world class players in Simon Taylor and Chris Paterson, who were in the starting XV for our last international, and will be happy to provide others if required.''
England flanker James Haskell insists he will be pushing as hard as possible to be back from a toe injury in time to make his case for a spot in Eddie Jones' side looking to defend their RBS 6 Nations title next year.