Scotland include seven uncapped players

Last updated 08:28 25/10/2012
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ANDY ROBINSON: "New Zealand are formidable opponents. They do the basics exceptionally well and play with a pace and ruthlessness. It's no coincidence that they are the best team in the world."

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Scotland coach Andy Robinson sees the All Blacks as the ultimate barometer for his side after their successful mid-year tour that included the prized scalp of the Wallabies.

The Scots host the All Blacks in Edinburgh on November 11 as New Zealand open their northern tour which also features tests against Italy, Wales and England.

Robinson has named seven uncapped players in his 34-man Scotland squad.

He continues to rebuild in the wake of their World Cup disaster that saw them miss out on the playoffs.

The first signs of success came on their southern tour in June when they collected wins against Australia, Fiji and Samoa.

But Robinson was quick to point out the step up that was required against the All Blacks.

"New Zealand are formidable opponents. They do the basics exceptionally well and play with a pace and ruthlessness.

"It's no coincidence that they are the best team in the world," Robinson said as he named his squad.

"We must look to build on the physical commitment of our players against Australia, Fiji and Samoa.

"It's a great opportunity for players to really test themselves and for us to be clear on where we are.

"For us it's about having a belief about what we're trying to do, the roles and everybody being clear in their roles going into the game, understanding how we can put New Zealand under pressure and putting in an 80-minute performance."

Stuart McInally, Alex Dunbar, Peter Horne, Peter Murchie, Tommy Seymour, Henry Pyrgos and Grant Gilchrist are the new faces in the Scotland mix.

Kelly Brown, Rory Lawson, Jim Hamilton, Kyle Traynor and Ruaridh Jackson return after being absent from the southern tour.

The Scots are ranked ninth in the world and have never beaten New Zealand.

They need a good series of results against the All Blacks, South Africa and Tonga next month to improve their chances of getting a decent pool for the 2015 World Cup when tournament draw is made in London on December 3.

SCOTLAND: Mike Blair (Brive),Nick De Luca (Edinburgh), Alex Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors), Max Evans (Castres), Stuart Hogg, Peter Horne and Ruaridh Jackson (all Glasgow Warriors), Lee Jones, Greig Laidlaw (both Edinburgh), Sean Lamont (Glasgow Warriors), Rory Lawson (Newcastle Falcons), Peter Murchie, Henry Pyrgos (both Glasgow Warriors), Matt Scott (Edinburgh), Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors), Tim Visser (Edinburgh), John Barclay (Glasgow Warriors), Kelly Brown (Saracens), Geoff Cross, David Denton, Ross Ford and Grant Gilchrist (all Edinburgh), Ryan Grant (Glasgow Warriors), Richie Gray (Sale Sharks), Dougie Hall (Glasgow Warriors), Jim Hamilton (Gloucester), Allan Jacobsen (Edinburgh), Alastair Kellock (Glasgow Warriors), Scott Lawson (London Irish), Stuart McInally and Ross Rennie (both Edinburgh), Tom Ryder (Glasgow Warriors), Alasdair Strokosch (Perpignan), Kyle Traynor (Bristol).

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