Cronin fitness doubt for Scots

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Damian Cronin, the Scotland lock who has not played for 10 weeks since damaging tendons in his right arm against France, pulled up in training with a strained hamstring and is doubtful for Saturday's game against Spain in Madrid.

The stand-off Craig Chalmers, who was also named in the side, failed to complete yesterday's training because of a stomach upset but he should be fit to play.

Douglas Morgan, the Scotland coach, was swift to criticise his side after they struggled to beat a Madrid side 27-16 in a warm-up match on Tuesday. "Australia or New Zealand would have taken sides like Madrid to the cleaners," Morgan said. "We must learn to do the same."

Louis Luyt, president of the South African Rugby Football Union, flies to Sydney today to discuss future contacts between South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. The SARFU chief executive officer, Edward Griffiths, said that the talks would be wide-ranging. "SARFU wants to make it clear that it has no intention of participating in any competition which does not fall under the jurisdiction and regulation of the International Rugby Football Board," Griffiths said. The statement referred to a possible expansion of the Super 10 competition, mooted by the New Zealand Rugby Football Union.

SCOTLAND (v Spain, Madrid, Saturday): G Hastings (Watsonians, capt); C Joiner (Melrose), T Stanger (Hawick), G Shiel (Melrose), K Logan (Stirling County); C Chalmers (Melrose), B Redpath (Melrose); D Hilton (Bath), K McKenzie (Stirling County), P Wright (Boroughmuir), D Cronin (Bourges), G Weir (Melrose), R Wainwright (West Hartlepool), I Morrison (London Scottish), E Peters (Bath).

n Jason Little, the Australian centre, will consider offers to switch to rugby league when he returns from the World Cup in South Africa. Little said yesterday that he had not been made any offers by Rupert Murdoch's Super League but would be willing to consider switching.