6 Jan 2012

World Cup disappointments maintain places in Scotland squad

6:38 am on 6 January 2012

The Scotland rugby coach Andy Robinson included six uncapped players but also kept faith with his World Cup flops when he named his 36-man squad for the opening two Six Nations matches against England and Wales.

Winger Lee Jones, 19-year-old fullback Stuart Hogg, first five Duncan Weir, flanker/locks Robert Harley and Fraser McKenzie and centre Steven Shingler were the new faces.

Despite their failure to get past the group stage of the World Cup for the first time, all the squad from last year's tournament in New Zealand, minus the retired Chris Paterson and Nathan Hines - are retained.

The squad will gather at St Andrews on January the 23rd before being trimmed for match-specific preparations for their opening game at home to holders England on February the 4th.

Scotland, who have not finished outside the bottom two in the championship since 2006 and not won the title since 1999, play Wales in Cardiff the following week.