Simon Danielli returns for the final Test match against Argentina

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  • Simon Danielli returns for the final Test match against Argentina

Simon Danielli is a professional rugby player who currently plays on the wing for Scotland Ulster. Danielli made his return back on the left wing as Scotland made one change in the team that earlier defeated Argentina last week for the second and last test of the series that will take place in Mar del Plata on Saturday June 19. The Ulster winger bewildered the fans as a late substitute in the Six Nations victory over Ireland in March. Simon Danielli will earn his 26th cap this weekend and will play an important role in the final match against Argentina. His coming back in the team means that two further changes would be made in the position as Sean Lamont will move to the right wing and Max Evans will be posted back to his familiar position of outside centre. As Simon is making his way back in the squad so Nick De Luca is not picked for the starting XV and is right now on the bench. Whereas Jim Thompson is dropped, out of the 22, while Alasdair Dickinson after recovering from an abdominal pain has taken off Geoff Cross from the substitute’s bench.
Simon Danielli felt delighted to be handed his 26th cap and is ready to play for Scotland in the second and the final test this Saturday's against Argentina. The 30 year old look’s fit and is ready to face more violent rivals than last weekend. Danielli earlier missed first test match which Scotland wined with 24-16 over the Pumas last Saturday in Tucuman. But later Scotland coach Andy Robinson decided that Danielli should be included in the starting XV for their second and final test match at the Estadio Jose Maria Minella in Mar del Plata. Danielli later on said that he always wanted to be involved in the match. He said that before coming here to play I asked the coach if I could get a chance in the match and I was sure to get at least one game. Danielli has been given the chance he wanted and is in the squad for the match. Robinson revealed that the only reason he picked Danielli for the team was because of his good form for Ulster in the Magners League. The 30 year old at the moment is practicing hard for the match and hoping to repay the confidence the coach showed in him by performing in this coming match. Scotland sides head coach Andy Robinson has warned his players not to look into last week’s 24-16 victory. The coach wants his team to focus on the match ahead as what is done is past. Robinson said that the scoreboard on Saturday will start from 0-0 therefore the team should be focused and should remember the previous score as the Pumas would be more aggressive than before. Simon runs fast between the fields, is pretty direct and has impressed the fans and especially me with his form while playing for Ulster in the Magners League. He had been a regular try scorer for Ulster and we hope that he will show the same results during the match on Saturday, added Robinson. Robinson also commented that Max and Nick De Luca also played well in the first test, as Max in the match made couple of line breaks and looked dangerous in the whole game with the ball.
Robinson brought Simon Danielli in the team and had moved Max Evans to his favourite position the centre spot the one in which he played for Glasgow. The team now looks in perfect shape and as Robinson said that they want to attack Argentina in the outside channel. The selection for the Saturday’s match was a tough call; therefore only one major change was made and the rest of the team remained the same as was in the first test. The coach has lot of hopes on his new selection and it is yet to see if he is disappointed or not.

 

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