Aussie born Hines unfazed by country conflict

Adopted Scot Hines has been capped 58 times

Scotland rugby star Nathan Hines will face the ultimate test of loyalty when he lines up for his adopted nation in the Autumn International Test against Australia at Murrayfield on Saturday.

Despite being born and raised in his native Australia, Hines has played an integral part for Scotland since making his debut in 2002.

The 58 times capped lock joins an illustrious list of ‘Adopted Scots’, and like his predecessors there will be no conflict of interests come Saturday.

“It’s the same as every game for me,” said Hines in a recent interview with the BBC. “It doesn’t matter who I’m playing, Ill always give my all for Scotland.

“Obviously there is the added incentive of the fact I’m playing my homeland, but Ive lived here for 15 years now and I feel Scottish.

There will be no doubts over where my loyalties will lie come Saturday.”

Scotland have previously used the ‘adopted citizen’ rule to full effect, having called up a host of foreign-born players in the past including Kiwi Glen Metcalfe and Englishman Ben Cairns.

The SRU recently courted controversy by appointing Ex-England International Andy Robinson as head coach in June 2009.

In their entire history of past coaches, the Scotland Rugby side have only appointed one foreigner, Australian Matt Williams, who was sacked in 2005 after a disastrous 2 year spell in charge, and some fans have raised doubts over the employment of another non-Scot.

However, SRU Youth Coach Michael Davidson is confident that Robinson will give nothing less than 100% when he leads his side out against a formidable Australian team on Saturday.

Davidson exclusively told EdinburghNapierNews: “He is a fantastic coach and we are very lucky to have him,”

“I don’t think it matters where he is from, he has the ability to turn the team around and that’s the most important factor for me.

“I don’t think the Scotland fans will care much about Robinsons nationality should he achieve the impossible and beat Australia.”

After last week’s comprehensive 23-10 win over Fuji at Murrayfield, Scotland will be brimming with confidence going into the clash against a country they haven’t defeated since 1982.

Fans will also be buoyed at the news Captain Mike Blair and Flanker Johnnie Beattie have both travelled with the squad ahead of the game.