Al Strokosch is desperate to make amends for heavy loss

Alasdair Strokosch, front, and Jim Hamilton, walk off after defeat to South Africa. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Alasdair Strokosch, front, and Jim Hamilton, walk off after defeat to South Africa. Picture: Ian Rutherford

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Flanker Al Strokosch is pleading for a chance to right some of the wrongs in the defeat by South Africa when Australia visit Murrayfield on Saturday for the concluding viagogo Autumn rugby Test.

Referring to coach Scott Johnson, he said: “I know Scott wants to give Kelly (Brown) a chance at blindside – his preferred position. If it happens, it happens. Kelly is our captain and he is one of our best players.”

But Strokosch stressed: “I want to play and win every game especially when you lose in the manner we did to South Africa.”

• Talks which could see the Heineken European Cup go ahead with all the usual participants except England are expected to take place in Dublin on Thursday.

Reports from around Europe today suggest some French clubs are having second thoughts about joining a breakaway with the English Premiership outfits. Indications are that should some French clubs not return to the official fold then their governing body are ready to exploit any split in the ranks by centrally contracting players.

French clubs were due to hold a media conference in early November to support the rival tournament with England.