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 with the local media before the Gloucester team set off on the long trip north to Newcastle, Director of Rugby David Humphreys discussed his team selection and stated that Friday night's meeting will be a challenging one.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, Matt Kvesic was looking forward to the trip to Newcastle Falcons, and the captain is looking to lead from the front with plenty for the Cherry and Whites to work on.
Gloucester saw a 12-0 lead overturned by Harlequins on Friday night as the visitors ran out 22-15 winners. After the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke about missed opportunities on the night.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, James Hudson explained his excitement for tonight's game with Harlequins and that he is backing the Cherry and White squad to impress during the next set of Aviva Premiership games.
Despite a dream start at Kingston Park, scoring a try after just 26 seconds, Gloucester couldn't capitalise against a dogged Newcastle Falcons side. Too many penalties were conceded and too many errors made as the Falcons prevailed 20-10.
There are three changes to Gloucester Rugby's starting line-up for Friday evening's Aviva Premiership fixture away at Newcastle Falcons. Steve McColl will make his first Premiership start for the club.