Thursday 14 December 2017

Scots hail Parks after No 10 ends Test career

SCOTLAND coach Andy Robinson paid tribute to the retiring Dan Parks as he signalled his readiness to turn to a new generation of fly-halves in Sunday's Six Nations clash with Wales in Cardiff.

Parks ended his Scotland career with immediate effect yesterday after scoring 266 points - including a Scottish record 17 drop-goals - and winning 67 caps.

Edinburgh's Greig Laidlaw is set to inherit the number 10 jersey in the team named today, with Duncan Weir set to be on the bench alongside fellow uncapped Glasgow Warrior Stuart Hogg, who can play outside centre and full-back.

Robinson said: "I have really enjoyed working with Dan. He wasn't in my first Scotland squads, but through his own determination, hard work, skill and competitive spirit he forced his way back into selection. I feel Dan has made the right decision and thank him for his contribution over the years."

Parks regularly turned tight matches in Scotland's favour during an eight-year Test career, which began against Wales in 2004.

However, Parks was also much maligned and his error against England - a charged-down kick which resulted in Charlie Hodgson's try - will be part of his legacy.

Parks said: "I have some fantastic memories of playing for Scotland. I've no regrets."

Geoff Cross is set to come in for Euan Murray in Cardiff, while Mike Blair could replace Chris Cusiter at scrum-half, due to his understanding with club-mate Laidlaw.

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