Erikkson wins his first cap for Scotland

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Ron Erikkson, of London Scottish, will win his first senior cap for Scotland on Saturday in the first Test against New Zealand at Dunedin.

The 16st centre comes into the side as both outside centres, Scott Hastings and Graham Shiel, are unavailable after picking up knee injuries against South Islands on Tuesday.

Erikkson, 24, will play alongside the strong tackling Ian Jardine in a defensive centre combination. Ken Logan is recalled on the wing, as is Gary Armstrong at scrum-half. At lock Damian Cronin is preferred to Stewart Campbell.

SCOTLAND (v New Zealand, first Test, Dunedin, Saturday): R Shepherd (Melrose); C Joiner (Melrose), R Eriksson (London Scottish), I Jardine (Stirling County), K Logan (Stirling County); G Townsend (Northampton), G Armstrong (Newcastle); D Hilton (Bath), K McKenzie (Stirling County), P Wright (Boroughmuir), D Cronin (Bourges), G Weir (Newcastle), R Wainwright (Watsonians, capt), E Peters (Bath), I Smith (Gloucester). Replacements: A Stanger (Hawick), C Chalmers (Melrose), A Nicol (Bath), S Murray (Edinburgh Academicals), T Smith (Watsonians), G Ellis (Currie).

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