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Scotland name squad - All Blacks first visitors to Murrayfield

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    22 Oct 2010     Getty Images

The International Rugby Board's (IRB) number one ranked team will arrive at Murrayfield on November 13, the Thistles first international of their autumn international campaign, and will welcome the Springboks a week later.

It will be New Zealand's second test of a Grand Slam tour.

Scotland's third test, against Samoa, will be at Pittodrie Stadium in Aberdeen.

Four uncapped players have been named, with Glasgow Warriors fly-half Ruaridh Jackson, Edinburgh's scrum-half Greig Laidlaw and utility back Jim Thompson, and Northampton back Joe Ansbro.

Scotland, recent victors over Australia and Ireland, also recorded a draw against England, and won their first Southern Hemisphere series with a 2-0 whitewash of Argentina.

By virtue of this Scotland are currently ranked seventh in the world - their highest position since the official rankings were established over seven years ago.

Robinson said that the squad is primarily selected for the team they expect to be their toughest test, with the All Blacks undefeated against Scotland.

"We have chosen this squad solely to prepare and play against New Zealand with everybody having an opportunity to be selected in the match 22," said Robinson.

"There is a very good balance to the squad."

Unlike Wales and Ireland, who have been strengthened with returning internationals, Scotland will do without a host of senior players.

Alastair Kellock, Johnnie Beattie, Nick de Luca and Simon Danielli will play no part in the end of year matches.

"I will be looking for members of our leaders' group to step up and take on greater responsibility," said Robinson.

"As an international rugby player you cannot fail to be excited by the prospect of testing yourself in front of your own fervent support against the world's best.

"We are unbeaten in our last four games and the players are determined to build on that and produce a performance to inspire the country, so the bigger crowd we have at Murrayfield and Pittodrie the better."

Scotland squad:

Backs: Joe Ansbro (Northampton Saints), Mike Blair (Edinburgh), Ben Cairns (Edinburgh), Max Evans (Glasgow Warriors), Alex Grove (Edinburgh), Ruaridh Jackson (Glasgow Warriors), Greig Laidlaw (Edinburgh), Rory Lamont (Toulon), Sean Lamont (Scarlets), Rory Lawson (Gloucester), Graeme Morrison (Glasgow Warriors), Dan Parks (Cardiff Blues), Chris Paterson (Edinburgh), Hugo Southwell (Stade Francais), James Thompson (Edinburgh), Nikki Walker (Ospreys).

Forwards: John Barclay (Glasgow Warriors), Kelly Brown (Saracens), Geoff Cross (Edinburgh), Alasdair Dickinson (Gloucester), Ross Ford (Edinburgh), Richie Gray (Glasgow Warriors), Dougie Hall (Glasgow Warriors), Jim Hamilton (Gloucester), Nathan Hines (Leinster), Allan Jacobsen (Edinburgh), Scott Lawson (Gloucester), Moray Low (Glasgow Warriors), Alan MacDonald (Edinburgh), Scott MacLeod (Edinburgh), Euan Murray (Northampton Saints), Ross Rennie (Edinburgh), Alasdair Strokosch (Gloucester) and Richie Vernon (Glasgow Warriors).