Scots lose out in fight with Wales over Shingler

SCOTLAND have lost their international tug of war with Wales over the right to select London Irish centre Steven Shingler.

Shingler was thought to be eligible to play for Scotland through his Dumfries-born mother and was selected in Andy Robinson’s provisional Six Nations squad back in January..

Wales, for whom Shingler – born in Swansea – represented at Under-20 level last year, lodged a complaint to the International Rugby Board who ruled yesterday that the player was eligible for Warren Gatland’s side only.

Shingler’s elder brother Aaron made his full Wales debut in the 27-13 win over Scotland last month.