Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Rugby | Springboks

Strokosch injury forces Scots to shuffle back row



Scotland flanker Alasdair Strokosch will miss Saturday's clash with South Africa at Murrayfield because of a calf strain, forcing head coach Andy Robinson to re-shuffle his back row.

John Barclay comes in for Strokosch to win his 40th cap with uncapped 22-year-old Edinburgh back-row forward Stuart McInally drafted on to the bench.

Barclay will play at openside, where he played to such good effect against South Africa two years ago, with Kelly Brown reverting to blindside. David Denton remains at No 8.

"We wish 'Stroker' a speedy recovery," Robinson said in a statement. "John is an experienced campaigner, while Stuart was with us on the summer tour and is raring to go.

Team: 15-Stuart Hogg, 14-Sean Lamont, 13-Nick De Luca, 12-Matt Scott, 11-Tim Visser, 10-Greig Laidlaw, 9-Mike Blair, 8-David Denton, 7-John Barclay, 6-Kelly Brown, 5-Jim Hamilton, 4-Richie Gray, 3-Euan Murray, 2-Ross Ford, 1-Ryan Grant

Replacements: 16-Dougie Hall, 17-Kyle Traynor, 18-Geoff Cross, 19-Alastair Kellock, 20-Stuart McInally, 21-Henry Pyrgos, 22-Ruaridh Jackson, 23-Peter Murchie

Shop

The Poisoned Chalice
The Springboks have had several post-isolation coaches, and if they agree on nothing else, they will concur that everyone in the job suffers enormous pressure
R157.00
Coach - Marco Botha
At 34, Heyneke Meyer was fired as head coach of a Super Rugby team for the second time
R114.00
South Africa XV Ball
South Africa XV Ball Now: R119 Was: R200 Format:Sport EquipmentProduct type:SportDelivery:Dispatched within 24 hours (1 working day) This fan ball...
R119.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Sports Talk



Brendan Venter
The price of player development
Not too long ago the Bulls boasted a very strong playing group which dominated Super Rugby....

Tony Johnson
There's nothing like a derby game
The most appealing and worthwhile element of Super Rugby to me, has always been the international...

Brenden Nel
The real problem with referees
Being a referee is tough work. Fans hurling abuse, players and coaches questioning every move you...

Gavin Rich
Plenty of positives from Loftus
The perennial questions about match officiating, particularly the parameters they work within, will...

Super Wrap
SuperWrap: Week 2, 2015
Just the other day pundits thought the Bulls would pretty much walk the South African Super Rugby...