Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hadden Going through the Permutations

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hadden Going through the Permutations

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Scotland coach Frank Hadden insists he will explore every reasonable option at stand-off after Dan Parks lost his place to Phil Godman for Saturday's Murrayfield clash against Wales.

Godman lines up in the Six Nations Championship clash, despite Hadden describing Parks' kicking performance against England last weekend as "unbelievable".

Since taking over as head coach 17 months ago, Hadden has given four different players game time at stand-off ( Godman, Parks, Chris Paterson and Gordon Ross. But none of them has emerged as his 'go-to' man, and with the World Cup seven months away Hadden wants to assess candidates to be No 10 in competitive conditions.

Hadden said: "I don't think I would be doing my job if I didn't look under every available stone, not just for the best combination going into the World Cup but also for whatever happens next."

Godman will be one of nine Edinburgh players in Hadden's side, after inside centre Rob Dewey and second-row forward Scott Murray came in at the expense of Glasgow's Andrew Henderson, Dan Parks and Alastair Kellock. Dewey, who injured a knee injury on his Scotland debut in November, made a try-scoring appearance off the bench last week.

The Glasgow trio were omitted to accommodate the Edinburgh players, who join club-mates Hugo Southwell, Marcus Di Rollo, Scotland captain Chris Paterson, Dougie Hall, Simon Taylor and David Callam in the starting XV.

Meanwhile head coach Gareth Jenkins backs "bionic man" Mark Jones to help Wales rediscover their killer instinct. Jones, 27, has recovered from an ankle injury and returns to the Wales side for the trip to Murrayfield in place of Hal Luscombe, who is struggling to overcome a bang to the knee.

Other changes after the 19-9 home defeat to Ireland are all in the scrum, Jenkins giving starts to Ospreys props Duncan and Adam Jones plus lock Robert Sidoli.

Ireland coach Eddie O'Sullivan yesterday correct hailed Shane Horgan's return from knee injury as "phenomenal" at the Leinster winger's shock inclusion to face France.

Horgan had surgery to cartilage damage on Heineken Cup duty at Gloucester last month and had targeted the February 24 date with England. …

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