10 Nov 2010

Blair back to lead Scotland

6:35 am on 10 November 2010

Halfback Mike Blair will resume the captaincy when Scotland bid for a first rugby win against New Zealand after being restored to the side by coach Andy Robinson.

There are five changes to the team for Sunday morning's match from the 15 who started in Scotland's last test, a 13-9 win away to Argentina in June.

Blair replaces Rory Lawson, now on the bench, while Rory Lamont's in for the recently injured Simon Danielli on the wing.

Alastair Kellock, who captained Scotland to a 2-0 series win over Argentina, is injured..

Scotland have lost 25 of their 27 Tests against New Zealand, with their best results two draws -- 0-0 in 1964 and 25-25 in 1983.

Team: Hugo Southwell; Rory Lamont, Max Evans, Graeme Morrison, Sean Lamont; Dan Parks, Mike Blair (capt); Richie Vernon, John Barclay, Kelly Brown; Jim Hamilton, Richie Gray; Euan Murray, Ross Ford, Allan Jacobsen

Replacements: Scott Lawson, Alasdair Dickinson, Nathan Hines, Ross Rennie, Rory Lawson, Ruaridh Jackson, Nikki Walker