Hadden may wield the axe
Several surprises may be in store as Scotland head coach Frank Hadden prepares to unveil his squad for the upcoming RBS Six Nations.
By Joe Drabble
Last Updated: 08/01/08 10:05am
Several surprises may be in store as Scotland head coach Frank Hadden prepares to unveil his squad for the RBS Six Nations Championship.
Names such as Glasgow wing Thom Evans, Edinburgh centre Nick de Luca and Edinburgh flanker Ross Rennie will be hoping to get the nod over some of the more established names at Hadden's disposal.
They made the grade when Hadden selected his 44-man training squad in December, and have every chance of featuring further as Hadden looks to avenge last year's torrid Six Nations campaign.
Another man who could be brought in is Edinburgh fly-half Phil Godman. The 25-year-old was axed for the World Cup, but has re-discovered his best form in recent weeks - helping his side up to third place in the Magners League.
Godman, although happy with his own form - paid tribute to the impact former England head coach Andy Robinson is having on the club since his October appointment.
The Edinburgh fly-half told www.edinburghrugby.org: "Andy Robinson is getting the best out of the players and everyone has benefited from that.
"My form has picked up, but it is not just myself I think it has coincided with everyone hitting some really good form.
"The coaches are getting the best out of the players and as a team we are getting the best out of each other as well. It is a happy squad at the moment."
Despite finishing with the wooden spoon in the Six Nations last season, Scotland's run to the World Cup quarter-finals has given some observers cause for optimism.
Although it would be unlikely for Hadden to gamble too heavily - an influx of new faces could bring fresh impetus to the side as they prepare to better last year's woeful display.
One man whose position may be in jeopardy is experienced second-row forward Scott Murray. A certain absentee will be wing Sean Lamont - who will miss the rest of the season with a cruciate knee ligament injury.
Jason White, who suffered the same injury in last season's championship seems certain to retain the captaincy he held for the World Cup.