Webster And Mustchin Called Up For Argentine Tour

Simon Webster, the 33-times-capped wing, and his Edinburgh team-mate, Matt Mustchin, the uncapped 31-year-old lock/back-row forward, have been called up this afternoon to the Scotland squad for next month's two Test tour of Argentina. Webster, 27, who had been troubled by a hamstring injury, has undergone intensive rehabilitation with the Edinburgh physiotherapist Andrew Raselli and this afternoon undertook a fitness test with Raselli, Scotland team doctor James Robson and Scotland strength and conditioning coach Mark Bitcon.

Simon Webster, the 33-times-capped wing, and his Edinburgh team-mate, Matt Mustchin, the uncapped 31-year-old lock/back-row forward, have been called up this afternoon to the Scotland squad for next month's two Test tour of Argentina.

Webster, 27, who had been troubled by a hamstring injury, has undergone intensive rehabilitation with the Edinburgh physiotherapist Andrew Raselli and this afternoon undertook a fitness test with Raselli, Scotland team doctor James Robson and Scotland strength and conditioning coach Mark Bitcon.

Dr Robson said: "Simon passed the test with flying colours and was well-pleased with the progress he's made."

Scotland coach Frank Hadden said: _x001C_Simon has had a difficult season with injury but is now an experienced internationalist and I'm delighted he is fit to travel."

Meanwhile in the pack, Mustchin, who qualifies for Scotland through the IRB's three year residency requirement, has been introduced to fill one of the three vacancies at lock.

Mustchin joined Edinburgh in 2005 and made his 50th appearance for the team earlier this season, Hadden noting that his _x001C_abrasive qualities will complement our other second-row forwards on this tour._x001D_

Mustchin said: _x001C_Frank signed me for Edinburgh in 2005 and it's very much home for me and my family. I love the city and I've enjoyed my rugby here and being involved in coaching at club level with Murrayfield Wanderers._x001D_

As far as the two remaining vacancies are concerned, Hadden is asking Glasgow Warriors captain Alastair Kellock and Edinburgh lock Craig Hamilton to attend pre-tour training at Murrayfield next week.

Hadden is also continuing to monitor closely the possible availability of Scotland's most-capped player, Scott Murray.

Murray, now with Montauban in France, has two home league matches against Bayonne and Clermont over the next two weekends and has expressed optimism that if both matches are won he may be released for the tour.

A final decision on the two vacancies will be made next week.

MattMustchin (Edinburgh)

Lock and blind-side flanker. Born: 2.2.77 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Height: 6ft 4in (1.93m). Weight: 17st 5lb (110kg).
Matthew Lee Mustchin played for Ulster from 2003 until 2005, when he joined Edinburgh. In March 2006 he made a try-scoring debut for the Barbarians in the invitation club's 52-42 win against Leicester at Welford Road. He has represented New Zealand at under-16 and under-19 levels and played a Super 12 game for Canterbury Crusaders in 2002.

Note to editors: Scotland play Argentina on Saturday 7 June at the Gigante de Arroyito Stadium, Rosario and then on Saturday 14 June at the Velez Sarsfield Stadium, Buenos Aires. Both games kick-off at 4.10pm local time. Argentine time is four hours behind BST.