Edinburgh points machine Chris Paterson is back on track to add to his massive tallies for both club and country after being named in Andy Robinson’s Scottish squad for a three day training camp in St Andrews later this month.
The 32-year-old was forced to miss the final quarter of Edinburgh’s Magners League campaign last season because of an injury sustained playing for Scotland in the 2010 RBS 6 Nations.
On the very day he was hoping to celebrate his 100th Scottish cap with a victory over Wales at the Millennium Stadium, he received a heavy blow to the kidneys that forced him to retire in the first-half and then spend the rest of the weekend in hospital.
Not only was he unable to play again that season – the game was on 13 February – but he also missed the triumphant Scottish tour to Argentina in the summer.
But now Paterson, who also holds the Scottish points record with 752, has made a full recovery and has been taking a full part in his club’s intense pre-season work. He returns to a 37-man training squad along with another injury victim from the Millennium Stadium six months ago, Rory Lamont., who sustained knee ligament damage in that game.
British & Irish Lions lock Nathan Hines, who missed the Argentinean tour through personal reasons, is also include for the three day camp from 9-11 August.
“St Andrews is an important camp for us. It's about restating our collective values and our commitment to strive for improvement,” said Scottish coach Robinson..
"I was pleased with how we ended last season, with three successive away Test victories, but now our focus has to be on how we start this season, especially our opening game against the All Blacks."
Scotland Training Squad
Backs: Mike Blair, Ben Cairns (Edinburgh), Chris Cusiter (Glasgow Warriors), Simon Danielli (Ulster), Nick De Luca (Edinburgh), Max Evans (Glasgow Warriors), Phil Godman, Alex Grove (both Edinburgh), Ruaridh Jackson (Glasgow Warriors), Sean Lamont (Scarlets), Rory Lamont (Toulon), Rory Lawson (Gloucester), Graeme Morrison (Glasgow Warriors), Dan Parks (Cardiff Blues), Chris Paterson (Edinburgh), Hugo Southwell (Stade Francais), Jim Thompson (Edinburgh), Nikki Walker (Ospreys)
Forwards: John Barclay (Glasgow Warriors), Kelly Brown (Saracens), Geoff Cross (Edinburgh), Alasdair Dickinson (Gloucester), Ross Ford (Edinburgh), Richie Gray (Glasgow Warriors), Jim Hamilton (Gloucester), Dougie Hall (Glasgow Warriors), Nathan Hines (Leinster), Allan Jacobsen (Edinburgh), Alastair Kellock (Glasgow Warriors), Scott Lawson (Gloucester), Moray Low (Glasgow Warriors), Alan MacDonald, Scott MacLeod (both Edinburgh), Euan Murray (Northampton Saints), Kyle Traynor (Edinburgh), Alasdair Strokosch (Gloucester) and Richie Vernon (Glasgow Warriors).
In attendance: Johnnie Beattie (Glasgow Warriors)