Three Changes To Scotland Team For Ireland Clash

Here’s your Scotland team to take on Ireland in their last game of the 6 Nations this Saturday the 19th at the Aviva Stadium (KO 5pm live on ITV).

There have been three changes to the starting team that beat France last weekend with Duncan Weir replacing Finn Russell who picked up a head knock, Tim Swinson coming in for the injured Jonny Gray and Ryan Wilson replacing Josh Strauss who drops to the bench.

Scotland’s fly half Duncan Weir runs toward the try line during a…

Scotland’s fly half Duncan Weir runs toward the try line during a Pool B match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between South Africa and Scotland at St James’ Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, north east… Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

Duncan Weir has just started to find form again after a slow start to the season

There are also changes on the bench with Glasgow Warrior Rob Harley covering both the 2nd and back rows and Henry Pyrgos coming in for Sam Hidalgo Clyne as scrum half cover.

Let us know what you think of the team in the comments below.
15. Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors) – 42 caps; 10 tries, 3 pens, 59 points
14. Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors) – 26 caps; 13 tries, 65 points
13. Duncan Taylor (Saracens) – 16 caps; 2 tries, 10 points
12. Alex Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors)  – 15 caps; 4 tries, 20 points
11. Tim Visser (Harlequins) – 25 caps; 11 tries, 55 points
10. Duncan Weir (Glasgow Warriors) – 22 caps; 2 tries, 7 cons, 10 pens, 1 drop, 57 points
9. Greig Laidlaw CAPTAIN (Gloucester) – 50 caps; 4 tries, 62 cons, 118 pens, 498 points

1. Alasdair Dickinson (Edinburgh Rugby) – 56 caps; 2 tries, 10 points
2. Ross Ford (Edinburgh Rugby) – 98 caps; 2 tries, 10 points
3. Willem Nel (Edinburgh Rugby) – 12 caps; 1 try, 5 points
4. Richie Gray (Castres) – 55 caps; 2 tries, 10 points
5. Tim Swinson (Glasgow Warriors) – 21 caps
6. John Barclay (Scarlets) – 49 caps; 4 tries, 20 points
7. John Hardie (Edinburgh Rugby) – 9 caps; 3 tries, 15 points
8. Ryan Wilson (Glasgow Warriors) – 17 caps

16. Stuart McInally (Edinburgh Rugby) – 6 caps
17. Rory Sutherland (Edinburgh Rugby) – uncapped
18. Moray Low (Exeter Chiefs) – 31 caps
19. Rob Harley (Glasgow Warriors) – 17 caps; 1 try, 5 points
20. Josh Strauss (Glasgow Warriors) – 7 caps
21. Henry Pyrgos (Glasgow Warriors) – 17 caps; 4 tries, 20 points
22. Pete Horne (Glasgow Warriors) – 17 caps; 2 tries, 1 con, 1 pen, 15 points
23. Sean Lamont (Glasgow Warriors) – 103 caps; 14 tries, 70 points

Here’s a rare highlights from last year’s match.


And a rare Scottish attack from that game

Credit: RBS 6 Nations

What do you think?


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  1. Horne proved himself worthy of a start last week and as a fan of Strauss I’d rather see him start too. His work rate last week was phenomenal. However, Mr Cotter is the boss and I have every confidence in his selection. Good luck Scotland. #AsOne

  2. Weir has put in 2 MotM performances for the Warriors and is an actual 10. Wilson would of been picked last week but was injured and not risked. At least that is what I’ve read. Don’t like Swinson tbh would of preferred Toolis myself. Seriously lacking strength of squad in the 2nd row.

  3. Sad news about Finn Russell and Jonny Grey not being available, but we have a talented TEAM rather than a bunch of individuals. Always proud of the way Scotland plays, whatever the result, but particularly pleased of their playing over past year and believe they have been unlucky to not have had more wins.

  4. Don’t understand why Strauss has been dropped. I thought he was outstanding last weekend. Horne did well too but as someone has already said against Sexton we need an experienced Stand -off. However it’s good to have options to make changes and still field a strong team,I think they will do well.

  5. You have Horne on the bench as he covers 10 12 and 13, if you have DW on the bench he only covers 10 leaving Shaun the only cover for 11 to 15. Horne played well but we need to think tactics. What a great position to be in though to have cover for 10 12 and 13 of Horne’s quality.

  6. Vern Cotter made the right selections the previous week for a very physical game against France, Hogg stepped up beautifully when Finn was injured very early on, and am sure that this next game against Ireland will produce a different game again with a lot more movement , Strauss did play well last week but I think he is still not reproducing the same game he has been playing with the Warriors, hopefully with more exposure he will progress. I have every faith in Vern to pick the right team, he is a better coach than some of the wallie dugs we have had before.

  7. "Sometimes I wonder if the Republicans could man it up and propose a Great Compromise with the Moloch of progressive America. We'd call it a compromise -but I'm really thinking more of a sueTdnrer."rhe proposal that follows can be compared to that of a hypothetical junior officer at Verdun begging his generals to just surrender to the other side, anything to stop the carnage and civilizational death produced by this pointless and ultimately provincial in its ambitions contest.

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