Rugby Union: Springbok Stewart takes to the tartan

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Scotland's selectors have sprung a surprise by bringing in the 25-year-old South African Lee Stewart for Scotland Development XV's match against tourists Otago at Bridgehaugh in Stirling on Tuesday.

The strongly-built flanker, 6ft 3in and 16st 7lb, has a Glasgow-born father and joined Glasgow Academicals this season. "He was fed up with the crime in Johannesburg," said team manager, Roger Baird.

Stewart represented the emerging Springboks in 1995 and was in the Transvaal Super 12 squad as the understudy to Francois Pienaar. He gets his chance because of the unavailability of the London Scottish flanker Simon Holmes, who would have filled the openside berth. The other unavailable players were Alan Watt of Currie and the Wasps pair, Damian Cronin and Aron James.