NZ-bound Lions call Dundee Men

Two Dundee men will be part of head coach Sir Clive Woodward's expansive back-up team which travels with the British and Irish Lions on the tour to New Zealand next summer, one a veteran of three tours and one a rookie.

Former city GP James Robson, who originally hails from Whitehaven, has been a fixture on Lions tours since 1993 as a team doctor, the role he also fills for Scotland.

He will be joined in New Zealand by former Dundee HSFP player Gavin Scott. Scott, who played for Scotland at A level, joins the Lions in his new role as a performance analyst, a position he holds in Matt Williams' back-up team for the Scotland squad.

A former pupil of Harris Academy, Scott was a stand-out hooker for Dundee and Caledonia before becoming one of Scottish Rugby's first professionals with Glasgow, winning Scotland A caps and famously travelling the world with the full Scotland team without winning a full cap. Scott flew to Australia, New Zealand and South Africa as cover for Scotland but never got on the field, and two years ago he took a change of direction with Glasgow, moving into management.

Using his MA Hons degree in psychology and a PgDip in personnel management from Dundee University, he took on the role of team performance analyst and was poached for the Scotland set-up by McGeechan when he was in his second spell as Scotland coach.

Scott is currently studying for an MSc in performance psychology from the University of Edinburgh, and is a probationary sports and exercise psychologist along with his Scotland duties, as well as captaining Scottish Premiership one club Currie.

Taken from "The Courier", October 22, 2004