Perfect 10 For Edinburgh As Godman Selected

ImageEdinburgh stand-off Phil Godman has been picked by Scotland for the Test match against Argentina on Saturday evening (kick off 8.10pm) in a starting line-up containing 10 of the Black and Red Army.

Godman forms a half-back partnership with captain Mike Blair in a back line containing Hugo Southwell, Chris Paterson, Ben Cairns and Simon Webster.

In the forward pack, Allan Jacobsen, Ross Ford, Matt Mustchin and Allister Hogg have been chosen to start with Nick De Luca named amongst the replacements.

Edinburgh-born Godman, who was educated at Merchiston Castle and was taught by Scotland coach Frank Hadden, is in line to win his ninth Scotland cap.

Phil is in for next season and you can join him by signing up for a 2008/2009 Edinburgh Rugby Club season ticket. Call 0131 346 5180 to reserve your place at The Castle.

And the 26-year-old is looking to carry his Edinburgh form onto the Test stage with Scotland and paid tribute to the influence of Edinburgh coaches Duncan Hodge and Gregor Townsend.

He said: "I've had a good season, I'm just delighted to back involved with Scotland and I'm looking forward to Saturday's game.

"Generally I like the opportunity to move the ball but you have to be prepared to tailor your game according to conditions and circumstances in a game - for example against Cardiff away in the Magners League this season the conditions were such that you had to play what was in front of you.

"Hodgey and Gregor Townsend have been a massive help to me this season._ To have the benefit of their insight and understanding of stand-off play, kicking and general attacking play has been great."
Scotland have made six changes, two of them positional, in their team for Saturday's second Test against Argentina in Buenos Aires.
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Head coach Frank Hadden has made the alterations with the firm intent of bouncing back with a win after last weekend's narrow loss to the Pumas in Rosario.
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The changes see the Edinburgh trio of full-back Hugo Southwell, wing Simon Webster and stand-off Phil Godman drafted into the starting line-up in the backs and Glasgow Warriors openside John Barclay promoted to the back-row.
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Chris Paterson, switched from full-back to wing, will become Scotland's most-capped player with his 88th appearance, while Allister Hogg moves from flanker to No 8.
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Elsewhere Mike Blair becomes the 25th Scot to reach the landmark of 50 caps, while Nick De Luca returns to the 22 for the first time since the RBS 6 Nations Championship loss to Ireland.
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Hadden said: 'the only reason for the changes is to finish the season with a win.
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"Phil has been playing consistently well for some time now and deserves this opportunity._ It makes sense if we are to get the best out of him to surround him with familiar faces.
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"John Barclay's inclusion reflects our need to perform better at the breakdown."
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Scotland team (sponsor Murray) to play Argentina in the second Test at Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires on Saturday 14 June (kick-off 4.10pm local/8.10pm BST)
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15 Hugo Southwell (Edinburgh)
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14 Chris Paterson (Edinburgh)
13 Ben Cairns (Edinburgh)
12 Graeme Morrison (Glasgow Warriors)
11 Simon Webster (Edinburgh)
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10 Phil Godman (Edinburgh)
9 Mike Blair (Edinburgh) CAPTAIN
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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 Allister Hogg (Edinburgh)
7 John Barclay (Glasgow Warriors)
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Substitutes
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16 Dougie Hall (Glasgow Warriors)
17 Alasdair Dickinson (Gloucester)
18 Alastair Kellock (Glasgow Warriors)
19 Kelly Brown (Glasgow Warriors)
20 Rory Lawson (Gloucester)
21 Dan Parks (Glasgow Warriors)
22 Nick De Luca (Edinburgh)
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Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland). Touch-judges: Alan Lewis (Ireland) and Cobus Wessels (South Africa)._ TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa