KELSO hooker Ross Ford will become the 31st Scottish rugby player to reach the 50 cap landmark when he lines up against Romania in Saturday’s opening 2011 World Cup clash.
Head coach Andy Robinson named the team who will open Scotland’s Pool B campaign in Invercargill.
Joining Ford in the front row will be fellow Borderer Geoff Cross while Gala’s Chris Paterson will be play an unprecedented (for a Scot) fourth tournament, starting at full-back. Melrose man Kelly Brown will take up his usual position in the back row.
Robinson said: “I’m delighted for Ross that he will win his 50th cap. He’s a great competitor who always works hard on the training pitch and is never content to ‘just get by’. His game is about always seeking to improve.
“As ever, our key objective this weekend is to win the game and thus get a foothold in the tournament. We really respect Romania, who are a young side who are developing together.
“For us, we’ve trained really well in the last three months and it’s now about going out and delivering.”
Scotland team to play Romania, kick-off 1pm local (2am BST): Chris Paterson; Max Evans, Joe Ansbro, Sean Lamont, Simon Danielli; Ruaridh Jackson, Mike Blair; Allan Jacobsen, Ross Ford, Geoff Cross, Richie Gray, Alastair Kellock, Kelly Brown, John Barclay, Richie Vernon. Subs: Scott Lawson, Alasdair Dickinson, Nathan Hines, Ross Rennie, Chris Cusiter, Dan Parks, Rory Lamont.