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Scotland have named experienced English-based players in their 18-man squad for the Student International against Australia at Edinburgh Academical on Sunday 12 December. Utility back Mark Webster of Thatto Heath and Liverpool Buccaneers and stand-off Michael Murphy, who spent time with Halifax and Chorley last season, are among several players facing their last year with Scotland Students having already graduated. Also included are Huddersfield Sharks? hooker Bobby Bahadori (younger brother of Underbank Rangers forward Kov Bahadori) and former Doncaster pro David Ford.
The highest profile of the six Napier University players in the squad is full cap Andy McPhail, who started both European Nations Cup matches in October, scoring with his first touch at senior level in the win over Wales at Old Anniesland. Glasgow Bulls winger McPhail is joined by teenage second row forward Ross Marshall from Arran who was also in the full squad this year without being capped. They both, like the majority of the squad, have also been capped by Scotland A.
Australia lost to France in their opening tour match but beat England 18-12 at Blackheath on Wednesday night and play Wales on Sunday. Kick off at Raeburn Place, where the first rugby international between Scotland and England took place in 1871, is 2pm.
SCOTLAND STUDENTS SQUAD:
DAVID ANDERSON - Telford College (Edinburgh)
BOBBY BAHADORI ? Northumbria University
RYAN BLACK ? Napier University
BARRY EARL ? Napier University JON FITT ? Liverpool Hope University DAVID FORD - Loughborough College ANDY GRAY ? Hopwood Hall College (Rochdale)
DAVID JONES - Birmingham University
DAVID LYNN - Napier University ROSS MARSHALL ? Ardrossan College
ANDY McPHAIL ? Napier University MIKE MURPHY ? Liverpool John Moore University
MATT POLLEY ? University of Central Lancashire DAVID SIMM - Napier University
MARK SLATTER - Sheffield University
DOUGIE THOMPSON ? Stevenson College (Edinburgh)
MIKE WALLACE - Napier University MARK WEBSTER - St Helens College