Scots ready for Boks

Glasgow Warriors openside flanker, Donnie Macfadyen, has been recalled to the Scottish team for the first Test against South Africa in Durban on Saturday.

It is familiar foe for Macfadyen, whose last Test was in the 45-10 thrashing by the Springboks at Murrayfield in 2004. The match on Saturday marks the 100th anniversary of the first contest between the two countries.

Macfadyen, who spent 15 months out of the game with a recurring knee injury, impressed Scotland coach Frank Hadden when he came on as a substitute in last week’s non-cap match with the Barbarians at Murrayfield, which Scotland won 66-19.

Hadden said: “Donnie did well when he came on last week. He is an experienced international player and we believe he is the man for the occasion on Saturday.”

“We’re very much looking forward to Saturday’s match. We know Scotland have never beaten South Africa here and that the Springboks are unbeaten at home for the last two years. We also know that they represent a formidable physical challenge,” he said.

Scotland team:

15 Hugo Southwell (Edinburgh Gunners), 14 Chris Paterson (Edinburgh Gunners), 13 Marcus Di Rollo (Edinburgh Gunners), 12 Andrew Henderson (Glasgow Warriors), 11 Sean Lamont (Northampton Saints), 10 Dan Parks (Glasgow Warriors), 9 Mike Blair (Edinburgh Gunners); 8 Allister Hogg (Edinburgh Gunners), 7 Donnie Macfadyen (Glasgow Warriors), 6 Jason White (Sale Sharks – captain), 5 Scott Murray (Edinburgh Gunners), 4 Nathan Hines (Perpignan), 3 Bruce Douglas (Border Reivers), 2 Scott Lawson (Glasgow Warriors), 1 Gavin Kerr (Leeds Tykes).

Replacements from: Dougie Hall (Edinburgh Gunners), Craig Smith (Edinburgh Gunners), Alastair Kellock (Edinburgh Gunners), Jon Petrie (Glasgow Warriors), Kelly Brown (Border Reivers), Sam Pinder (Glasgow Warriors), Gordon Ross (Leeds Tykes), Simon Webster (Edinburgh Gunners).