2012 Scotland rugby union tour of Australia, Fiji and Samoa

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2012 Scotland rugby union tour of Australia, Fiji and Samoa
Coach(es): Andy Robinson
Tour captain(s): Ross Ford
Top test point scorer(s): Greig Laidlaw (38)
Top test try scorer(s): Tim Visser (2)
Type P W D L
Total: 3 3 0 0
Test match: 3 3 0 0
Opp. P W D L
 Australia 1 1 0 0
 Fiji 1 1 0 0
 Samoa 1 1 0 0
Statistics against Test match opponents
Next tour: Americas & SA 2014

In June 2012, the Scotland rugby union team made a tour of Australia, Fiji and Samoa, playing one test match against each.

The tour began with Scotland's second consecutive win over Australia, meaning they retained the Hopetoun Cup. (They had beaten Australia 9–8 at Murrayfield in 2009.[1]) Scotland then travelled to Fiji, becoming the first "Tier 1" nation to play a test in a Pacific Island nation since Italy visited Fiji in 2006.[2] Scotland recorded away victories over both Fiji and Samoa.

Scotland were also scheduled to play the New South Wales Waratahs on 10 June, but this match was called off on 11 May as the Waratahs were unable to field a team "due to injuries and the requirements of the Wallabies squad."[3]

Squad[edit]

Initial 28-man squad, named on 16 May.[4] Ages and caps correct as of 5 June 2012.


Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by the International Rugby Board.

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Ross Ford (c) Hooker (1984-04-23)23 April 1984 (aged 28) 58 Scotland Edinburgh
Dougie Hall Hooker (1980-09-24)24 September 1980 (aged 31) 37 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Scott Lawson Hooker (1981-09-28)28 September 1981 (aged 30) 32 England Gloucester
Geoff Cross Prop (1982-12-11)11 December 1982 (aged 29) 13 Scotland Edinburgh
Ryan Grant Prop (1985-10-08)8 October 1985 (aged 26) 0 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Euan Murray Prop (1980-08-07)7 August 1980 (aged 31) 44 England Newcastle Falcons
Jon Welsh Prop (1986-10-13)13 October 1986 (aged 25) 1 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Richie Gray Lock (1989-08-24)24 August 1989 (aged 22) 21 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Alastair Kellock Lock (1981-06-14)14 June 1981 (aged 30) 41 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Tom Ryder Lock (1985-02-21)21 February 1985 (aged 27) 0 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
John Barclay Flanker (1986-09-24)24 September 1986 (aged 25) 37 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Rob Harley Flanker (1990-05-26)26 May 1990 (aged 22) 0 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Ross Rennie Flanker (1986-03-29)29 March 1986 (aged 26) 16 Scotland Edinburgh
Alasdair Strokosch Flanker (1983-02-21)21 February 1983 (aged 29) 25 England Gloucester
Richie Vernon Number 8 (1987-07-07)7 July 1987 (aged 24) 18 England Sale Sharks
Mike Blair Scrum-half (1981-04-20)20 April 1981 (aged 31) 80 Scotland Edinburgh
Chris Cusiter Scrum-half (1982-06-13)13 June 1982 (aged 29) 59 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Greig Laidlaw Scrum-half (1985-10-12)12 October 1985 (aged 26) 7 Scotland Edinburgh
Duncan Weir Fly-half (1991-05-10)10 May 1991 (aged 21) 1 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Joe Ansbro Centre (1985-10-29)29 October 1985 (aged 26) 9 England London Irish
Nick De Luca Centre (1984-02-01)1 February 1984 (aged 28) 33 Scotland Edinburgh
Alex Grove Centre (1987-11-30)30 November 1987 (aged 24) 3 England Worcester Warriors
Matt Scott Centre (1990-09-30)30 September 1990 (aged 21) 1 Scotland Edinburgh
Max Evans Wing (1983-09-12)12 September 1983 (aged 28) 28 France Castres
Sean Lamont Wing (1981-01-15)15 January 1981 (aged 31) 65 Wales Scarlets
Tim Visser Wing (1987-05-29)29 May 1987 (aged 25) 0 Scotland Edinburgh
Tom Brown Fullback (1990-03-31)31 March 1990 (aged 22) 0 Scotland Edinburgh
Stuart Hogg Fullback (1992-06-24)24 June 1992 (aged 19) 4 Scotland Glasgow Warriors

The following players were called up during the tour:
Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by the International Rugby Board.

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Alex Dunbar[5] Centre (1990-04-23)23 April 1990 (aged 22) 0 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Stuart McInally[5] Number 8 (1990-09-09)9 September 1990 (aged 21) 0 Scotland Edinbugh
Moray Low (for Jon Welsh[6]) Prop (1984-11-28)28 November 1984 (aged 27) 15 Scotland Glasgow Warriors

Matches[edit]

Australia v Scotland[edit]

5 June 2012
19:30 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia  6–9  Scotland
Pen: Harris (2/2) 32', 42'
Report Pen: Laidlaw (3/4) 22', 27', 80'
Hunter Stadium, Newcastle
Attendance: 20,088
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
FB 15 Luke Morahan
RW 14 Joe Tomane
OC 13 Anthony Fainga'a
IC 12 Mike Harris
LW 11 Digby Ioane
FH 10 Berrick Barnes
SH 9 Will Genia
N8 8 Scott Higginbotham
OF 7 David Pocock (c)
BF 6 Dave Dennis Substituted off 65'
RL 5 Nathan Sharpe
LL 4 Sitaleki Timani Substituted off 54'
TP 3 Dan Palmer Substituted off 70'
HK 2 Stephen Moore
LP 1 James Slipper
Replacements:
HK 16 Saia Fainga'a
PR 17 Ben Alexander Substituted in 70'
LK 18 Rob Simmons Substituted in 54'
FL 19 Michael Hooper Substituted in 65'
SH 20 Nick Phipps
CE 21 Pat McCabe
WG 22 Adam Ashley-Cooper
Coach:
New Zealand Robbie Deans
FB 15 Stuart Hogg
RW 14 Joe Ansbro
OC 13 Nick De Luca
IC 12 Matt Scott
LW 11 Sean Lamont Substituted off 38'
FH 10 Greig Laidlaw
SH 9 Mike Blair Substituted off 63'
N8 8 John Barclay
OF 7 Ross Rennie
BF 6 Alasdair Strokosch
RL 5 Richie Gray
LL 4 Alastair Kellock
TP 3 Euan Murray
HK 2 Ross Ford (c)
LP 1 Ryan Grant
Replacements:
HK 16 Scott Lawson
PR 17 Jon Welsh
LK 18 Tom Ryder
N8 19 Richie Vernon
SH 20 Chris Cusiter Substituted in 63'
FH 21 Duncan Weir
FB 22 Tom Brown Substituted in 38'
Coach:
England Andy Robinson

Touch judges:
Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Keith Brown (New Zealand)
Television match official:
Vinny Munro (New Zealand)

Fiji v Scotland[edit]

16 June 2012
14:00 (UTC+12)
Fiji  25–37  Scotland
Try: Domolailai 24' m
Nayacalevu 48' c
Talebula 64' c
Con: Ralulu (2/3)
Pen: Ralulu (2/3) 5', 7'
Report Try: Laidlaw 16' c
Penalty try 21' c
Visser (2) 36' c, 72' c
Con: Laidlaw (4/4)
Pen: Laidlaw (3/3) 32', 46', 69'
Churchill Park, Lautoka
Attendance: 15,000[7]
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
FB 15 Isimeli Koniferedi Substituted off 60'
RW 14 Waisea Nayacalevu
OC 13 Vereniki Goneva
IC 12 Aloisio Buto Substituted off 58'
LW 11 Watisoni Votu
FH 10 Jonetai Ralulu
SH 9 Nikola Matawalu Substituted off 66'
N8 8 Netani Talei (c)
OF 7 Malakai Ravulo Substituted off 17'
BF 6 Iliesa Ratuva Substituted off 70'
RL 5 Leone Nakarawa
LL 4 Apisai Naikatini
TP 3 Setefano Somoca
HK 2 Viliame Veikoso Substituted off 60
LP 1 Jerry Yanuyanutawa Substituted off 58'
Replacements:
HK 16 Talemaitoga Tuapati Substituted in 60'
PR 17 Waisea Nailago Substituted in 58'
FL 18 Josefa Domolailai Substituted in 17'
LK 19 Kelepi Ketedromo Substituted in 70'
SH 20 Nemia Kenatale Substituted in 66'
WG 21 Kameli Ratuvou Substituted in 58'
FB 22 Metuisela Talebula Substituted in 60'
Coach:
Fiji Inoke Male
FB 15 Stuart Hogg
RW 14 Max Evans Substituted off 62'
OC 13 Nick De Luca
IC 12 Matt Scott
LW 11 Tim Visser
FH 10 Greig Laidlaw Substituted off 77'
SH 9 Mike Blair Substituted off 55'
N8 8 John Barclay Substituted off 58'
OF 7 Ross Rennie
BF 6 Alasdair Strokosch
RL 5 Richie Gray Substituted off 78'
LL 4 Alastair Kellock
TP 3 Euan Murray Substituted off 66'
HK 2 Ross Ford (c) Substituted off 77'
LP 1 Ryan Grant
Replacements:
HK 16 Scott Lawson Substituted in 77'
PR 17 Geoff Cross Substituted in 66'
LK 18 Tom Ryder Substituted in 78'
FL 19 Richie Vernon Substituted in 58'
SH 20 Chris Cusiter Substituted in 55'
FH 21 Duncan Weir Substituted in 77'
WG 22 Sean Lamont Substituted in 62'
Coach:
England Andy Robinson

Touch judges:
Ian Smith (Australia)
Andrew Lees (Australia)

  • Tim Visser made his debut for Scotland, only four days after becoming eligible by completing three years' residency.

Samoa v Scotland[edit]

23 June 2012
15:30 (UTC+12)
Samoa  16–17  Scotland
Try: Pisi 61' c
Con: Pisi (1/1) 62'
Pen: Pisi (2/3) 23', 42'
Drop: Pisi 15'
Report Try: Ansbro 17' c
Rob Harley 78' c
Con: Laidlaw (2/2) 18', 79'
Pen: Laidlaw (1/1) 51'
FB 15 Fa'atoina Autagavai
RW 14 Paul Perez
OC 13 Fautua Otto Substituted off 28'
IC 12 Paul Williams
LW 11 David Lemi (c)
FH 10 Tusi Pisi
SH 9 Kahn Fotuali'i Substituted off 79'
N8 8 Kane Thompson
OF 7 Maurie Fa'asavalu
BF 6 Ben Masoe Substituted off 58'
RL 5 Daniel Crichton Substituted off 40'
LL 4 Fa'atiga Lemalu
TP 3 Census Johnston Substituted off 40' Substituted in 73' Substituted off 76'
HK 2 Ti'i Paulo Substituted off 64'
LP 1 Sakaria Taulafo Substituted off 73' Substituted in 76'
Replacements:
HK 16 Ole Avei Substituted in 64'
PR 17 Logovi'i Mulipola Substituted in 40'
LK 18 Joe Tekori Substituted in 40'
FL 19 Afa Aioni Substituted in 58'
SH 20 Jeremy Su'a Substituted in 79'
FH 21 Ki Anufe
FB 22 Lolo Lui Substituted in 28'
Coach:
Samoa Stephen Betham
FB 15 Stuart Hogg
RW 14 Sean Lamont
OC 13 Joe Ansbro Substituted off 58'
IC 12 Matt Scott
LW 11 Tim Visser
FH 10 Greig Laidlaw
SH 9 Chris Cusiter Substituted off 44'
N8 8 Richie Vernon Substituted off 63'
OF 7 Ross Rennie
BF 6 Alasdair Strokosch
RL 5 Alastair Kellock Substituted off 70'
LL 4 Richie Gray
TP 3 Euan Murray
HK 2 Ross Ford (c) Substituted off 64'
LP 1 Ryan Grant
Replacements:
HK 16 Scott Lawson Substituted in 64'
PR 17 Geoff Cross
LK 18 Tom Ryder Substituted in 70'
FL 19 Rob Harley Substituted in 63'
SH 20 Mike Blair Substituted in 44'
FH 21 Duncan Weir
WG 22 Max Evans Substituted in 58'
Coach:
England Andy Robinson

Touch judges:
Ian Smith (Australia)
Andrew Lees (Australia)

  • Originally, New Zealand referee Chris Pollock was meant to referee this match, but due to injury, Jaco Peyper of South Africa took over. He is the same referee who refereed both the Australia and the Fiji game.
  • It was announced just 50 minutes before kick off that Nick De Luca was out of the match due to thigh strain, and would be replaced by Joe Ansbro.

Tour statistics[edit]

Player Position Start Rep Unused
Rep
Minutes
Played
Tries Cons Pens Drops Yellow
cards
Red
cards
Total
points
Ross Ford Hooker 3 0 0 221 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dougie Hall Hooker 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scott Lawson Hooker 0 2 1 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Geoff Cross Prop 0 1 1 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ryan Grant Prop 3 0 0 240 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Moray Low Prop 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Euan Murray Prop 3 0 0 226 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jon Welsh Prop 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Richie Gray Lock 3 0 0 238 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Alastair Kellock Lock 3 0 0 230 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tom Ryder Lock 0 2 1 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
John Barclay Flanker 2 0 0 138 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rob Harley Flanker 0 1 0 17 1 0 0 0 0 0 5
Ross Rennie Flanker 3 0 0 240 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Alasdair Strokosch Flanker 3 0 0 240 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stuart McInally Number 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Richie Vernon Number 8 1 1 1 85 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mike Blair Scrum-half 2 1 0 154 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chris Cusiter Scrum-half 1 2 0 86 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Greig Laidlaw Scrum-half 3 0 0 237 1 6 7 0 0 0 38
Duncan Weir Fly-half 0 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Joe Ansbro Centre 2 0 0 138 1 0 0 0 0 0 5
Nick De Luca Centre 2 0 0 160 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Alex Dunbar Centre 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Alex Grove Centre 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Matt Scott Centre 3 0 0 240 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Max Evans Wing 1 1 0 84 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sean Lamont Wing 2 1 0 136 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tim Visser Wing 2 0 0 160 2 0 0 0 0 0 10
Tom Brown Fullback 0 1 0 42 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stuart Hogg Fullback 3 0 0 240 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Penalty try - - - - - 1 - - - - - 5
Total - - - - - 6 6 7 0 0 0 63

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australia 6 – 9 Scotland BBC Sport
  2. ^ "Inbound tours return for Pacific Islands" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 15 June 2012. Retrieved 18 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Scottish Rugby Team Website – Scotland Summer Tour Update Scottish Rugby Union. 11 May 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2012
  4. ^ Five uncapped players named in Scotland summer tour squad Scottish Rugby Union. 16 May 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2012.
  5. ^ a b Duo called up to Scotland squad Scottish Rugby Union. 31 May 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2012
  6. ^ Welsh ruled out of Scotland tour Scottish Rugby Union. 8 June 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2012
  7. ^ Rugby Union – ESPN Scrum – Fiji v Scotland at Lautoka, June 16, 2012 ESPN Scrum. 16 June 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2012.

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