Rory Lawson will skipper Scotland A in the Churchill Cup
RORY LAWSON, Gloucester's new scrum-half, will skipper Scotland A for the Barclays Churchill Cup in North America next month.
A team coach Steve Bates has named Lawson as his captain in his squad announced today. Lawson, who has captained Edinburgh Gunners this season, including to a notable away victory against Cardiff Blues, also led his club side, Heriot's, winning the BT Cup in 2003.
On his chosen captain, Bates said: "Rory has a buoyant and positive influence on the squad. He is in a good position on the field to control the game and is an inspirational character off the field."
Scotland A will play England A and Canada in the pool stages of the tournament which culminates at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton for the finals.
Bates said: "I've been impressed with the attitude of the players during this three-day training camp. They are all very much looking forward to touring and have been very positive and optimistic about our pool games.
"We don't have a lot of preparation time but the guys are upbeat and positive which has helped our progress."
Speaking to the local media this week, Richard Hibbard expressed his excitement ahead of the West Country derby and that there is an extra spring in the step of the Cherry and Whites ahead of the tough challenge.
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
On a tough evening at Kingsholm, Gloucester could escape neither a suffocating Bath defence, nor the whistle of referee Greg Garner as six penalties and a penalty try paved the way to a 39-16 win for the visitors.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).