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Cleared Evans focusing on Ireland

Updated: Tuesday, 06 Mar 2012 07:33

Max Evans is focusing on the Ireland tie, having been cleared of attacking a man in an Edinburgh nightclub in 2010
Max Evans is focusing on the Ireland tie, having been cleared of attacking a man in an Edinburgh nightclub in 2010

Scotland international Max Evans is focused on Saturday's RBS 6 Nations clash in Ireland after being cleared of an assault charge.

The Castres back joined up with his Scotland team-mates yesterday afternoon after being found not guilty of attacking a man in an Edinburgh nightclub in August 2010.

The 28-year-old is now in contention for the Dublin clash after his five-day trial at Edinburgh Sheriff Court ended on the eve of head coach Andy Robinson's team selection announcement.

In a statement, Evans said: "It's been a challenging time for me and my family and friends, and I would like to thank everyone who has been supportive over the recent weeks and months.

"I would also like to thank the jury for their diligence in reaching their verdict.

"I will now put this behind me and be very focused on my rugby. It's great to be back in the Scotland camp today with the players, coaches and management."

Evans could return after missing the defeat by France and Scotland's back line is the focus of selection issues for Robinson, who is under pressure to produce his first win of the tournament.

At least one change from the 23-17 loss to France is certain after wing Rory Lamont suffered a broken leg at Murrayfield.

The absence of the Glasgow Warriors back could result in a straightforward swap - with Nick De Luca coming in at outside centre and Sean Lamont moving to the wing, as happened against France.

The alternative is numerous changes in a bid to get the back line to fire, with centre De Luca likely to start as Joe Ansbro (back) is yet to return for London Irish.

Wing Lee Jones and full-back Stuart Hogg are likely to continue after notching their debut tries against Les Bleus, while Graeme Morrison is again set to start at inside centre.

Greig Laidlaw is likely to continue at fly-half providing he has met the concussion protocols following his head knock against France. Duncan Weir and Ruaridh Jackson are in contention for the reserve place.

Mike Blair is set to continue at scrum-half, despite missing full training yesterday with a dead leg. Blair is making good progress as is flanker John Barclay, who has the same injury.