Heathcote set to start for Scotland A against the Saxons.

30 January 2013

Tom Heathcote has been named in the starting XV for Scotland A's game against the England Saxons at Kingston Park on Friday, February 1st (kick-off 8pm).

Heathcote, who earned his first and only cap to date in the 2012 EMC Tests, starts at stand-off for Head Coach Shade Munro's side in their Six Nations Championship opener.

Last season Scotland's back-up senior side ran in four unanswered tries to win 35-0 against their English counterparts at Netherdale, and now prepare for a return fixture at Kingston Park, the home of Newcastle Falcons.

Munro said: "This is the first senior representative match of 2013 for a Scottish side and, as an opener for the RBS 6 Nations Championship, we have the opportunity to put a marker down and show what Scottish rugby is about, while those selected have an excellent chance to show why they deserve to feature in the remainder of the RBS 6 Nations campaign.

"However, with just one game for the Scotland A team this season, these elements are really an aside to our main objective. Everything this team has done has been designed to put us in a position to beat the England Saxons".

Fans can watch the game live on Sky Sports 2 from 7:30pm.

Scotland A starting XV to face England Saxons

15 Greig Tonks (Edinburgh Rugby)â¨â¨

14 Duncan Taylor (Saracens)

â¨13 Alex Grove (Worcester Warriors)

12 Alex Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors)

â¨11 Nikki Walker (Worcester Warriors)

10 Tom Heathcote (Bath Rugby)

â¨9 Sean Kennedy (Glasgow Warriors)

â¨â¨1 Alasdair Dickinson (Sale Sharks) 

2 Steven Lawrie (Edinburgh Rugby)

â¨3 Jon Welsh (Glasgow Warriors)

â¨4 Tom Ryder (Glasgow Warriors)

5 Tim Swinson (Glasgow Warriors)

â¨6 Stuart McInally (Edinburgh Rugby)

â¨7 Richie Vernon (Sale Sharks)

â¨8 Ryan Wilson (Glasgow Warriors) (c)


16 Alun Walker (Edinburgh Rugby)

â¨17 Grant Shiells (Newcastle Falcons)

â¨18 Gordon Reid (Glasgow Warriors)

â¨19 Robert McAlpine (Edinburgh Rugby)â¨

20 James Eddie (Glasgow Warriors)â¨

21 Jamie Stevenson (London Scottish)

â¨22 Ben Cairns (Edinburgh Rugby)â¨

23 Dougie Fife (Edinburgh Rugby)

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