First Cap Call Up For Warrior Evans

Thom Evans
Thom Evans will play in Rosario on Saturday
Glasgow Warriors wing, Thom Evans, is to win his first cap for Scotland against Argentina, the world's third ranked side, in Rosario on Saturday.

The 23-year-old has been in the sights of Scotland coach, Frank Hadden, since before the World Cup and the young flyer is to get his first start in the navy blue along-side fellow Warriors Graeme Morrison (12), Dan Parks (10), and Johnnie Beattie (8).

Evans is one of three debutants to be named in the starting line-up with Ben Cairns and Matt Mustchin also getting the nod - while Warriors" front men Dougie Hall, Alastair Kellock and Kelly Brown will be looking to make an impact from the bench.

A delighted Thom Evans said: "I"m over the moon to be selected - but that's the easy part. I"m going to go out and play my own game. Argentina will be very tough and physical, so it will be a massive challenge but it's one we"re all prepared for.

"I came back from a broken bone in my foot for the last five weeks of the season. I worked really hard with Andy Smith (Glasgow and Scotland's assistant strength and conditioning coach) on the physical side of things and just went out and played the best I could. That's given me extra confidence that I"m physically strong and feeling in great shape."

Thom joined Glasgow in the summer of 2006 after two seasons with London Wasps, a decision he acknowledged was a gamble. "I honestly have not looked back once since I"ve come up and a good thing about living in Glasgow is that I"m a lot more focused about my rugby."

Scotland head coach Frank Hadden said: "I"ve been discussing this selection on and off for the best part of two months with Sean Lineen, Andy Robinson and Alan Tait.

"Once it became clear who was available and who was unavailable we looked at how we were going to have to play and we"re confident we have picked a side to do what we need to do in such an important game this weekend."

On his new caps, Hadden said: "I spoke to Thom before the World Cup and told him that his whole season should be geared to getting on the plane to Argentina. He thoroughly deserves this opportunity as he's a very exciting talent."

Johnnie Beattie, 22, whose last Scotland appearance was in the 2007 RBS 6 Nations Championship against France, returns to win his fourth cap at No 8, reward from Hadden's perspective for the "greater consistency he has shown this year."

Paterson, who will equal Scott Murray's record number of 86 caps on Saturday, was typically modest in assessing his achievement._ "You have to be proud of what you have achieved but the moment to start dwelling on it is sometime in the future.

"Records are not the finishing line._ What I aim for on Saturday is to produce a performance where I have as a big an impact as possible in helping Scotland to win."

Hadden added: 'sometimes, in the pursuit of winning matches, coaches gloss over this kind of milestone but everyone has to acknowledge the significance of this landmark and one that Chris richly deserves."

Scotland team to play Argentina in the first Test at Gigante de Arroyito in Rosario on Saturday 7 June (kick-off 4.10pm BST)

15 Chris Paterson (Edinburgh)

14 Simon Danielli (Ulster)
13 Ben Cairns (Edinburgh)
12 Graeme Morrison (Glasgow Warriors)
11 Thom Evans (Glasgow Warriors)

10 Dan Parks (Glasgow Warriors)
9 Mike Blair (Edinburgh) CAPTAIN

1 Allan Jacobsen (Edinburgh)
2 Ross Ford (Edinburgh)
3 Euan Murray (Northampton Saints)
4 Matt Mustchin (Edinburgh)
5 Scott MacLeod (Llanelli Scarlets)
6 Alasdair Strokosch (Gloucester)
8 Johnnie Beattie (Glasgow Warriors)
7 Allister Hogg (Edinburgh)


16 Dougie Hall (Glasgow Warriors)
17 Alasdair Dickinson (Gloucester)
18 Alastair Kellock (Glasgow Warriors)
19 Kelly Brown (Glasgow Warriors)
20 Rory Lawson (Gloucester)
21 Phil Godman (Edinburgh)
22 Simon Webster (Edinburgh)

Referee: Alan Lewis (Ireland)._ Touch-judges: Alain Rolland (Ireland) and Cobus Wessels (South Africa). TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)