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Scotland Make Five Changes For Welsh Match And Name New Captain

The Scotland team to play Wales in the Six Nations this Saturday at the Murrayfield has been named and includes five changes from the team that lost to France a fortnight ago.

Ali Price is set to make his first international start for Scotland in place of the injured Greig Laidlaw. With the regular captain ruled out for the rest of Championship, Scarlets flanker John Barclay has been given the mantle of leadership for the crunch game.

“John has played a vital role in our leadership group and has led by example throughout this and previous campaigns.”

Other changes come in the form of back-row Ryan Wilson, who has recovered from the elbow infection that kept him out of the France game, replacing the injured Josh Strauss while Harlequins wing Tim Visser gets his first opportunity of the championship as a straight swap for Sean Maitland, who suffered a rib injury playing for Saracens last weekend.

A further two unforced changes see Gordon Reid and John Hardie get their first start of the campaign, trading places with their respective compatriots Allan Dell and Hamish Watson, who have been named on the bench after starting the opening two games.

TEAM TO FACE WALES AT MURRAYFIELD

Saturday 25th of February (kick-off 2.25pm GMT) – live on BBC

15. Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors) – 50 caps; 16 tries, 3 pens, 89 points
14. Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors) – 33 caps; 14 tries, 70 points
13. Huw Jones (Stormers) – 5 caps; 2 tries, 10 points
12. Alex Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors) – 21 caps; 6 tries, 30 points
11. Tim Visser (Harlequins) – 28 caps; 11 tries, 55 points
10. Finn Russell (Glasgow Warriors) – 24 caps; 2 tries, 3 cons, 3 pens, 25 points
9. Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors) – 2 caps

1. Gordon Reid (Glasgow Warriors) – 21 caps
2. Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors) – 22 caps
3. Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) – 6 caps
4. Richie Gray (Toulouse) – 62 caps; 3 tries, 15 points
5. Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors) – 30 caps; 2 tries, 10 points
6. John Barclay CAPTAIN (Scarlets) – 57 caps; 4 tries, 20 points
7. John Hardie (Edinburgh Rugby) – 14 caps; 3 tries, 15 points
8. Ryan Wilson (Glasgow Warriors) – 24 caps

Substitutes:
16. Ross Ford (Edinburgh Rugby) – 104 caps; 2 tries, 10 points
17. Allan Dell (Edinburgh Rugby) – 5 caps
18. Simon Berghan (Edinburgh Rugby) – 1 cap
19. Tim Swinson (Glasgow Warriors) – 27 caps; 1 try, 5 points
20. Hamish Watson (Edinburgh Rugby) – 7 caps; 1 try, 5 points
21. Henry Pyrgos (Glasgow Warriors) – 18 caps; 4 tries, 3 pens, 29 points
22. Duncan Weir (Edinburgh Rugby) – 25 caps; 2 tries, 7 cons, 10 pens, 1 drop, 57 points
23. Mark Bennett (Glasgow Warriors) – 19 caps; 6 tries, 30 points

What do you think of the team? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. Suprised at Hamish being left out. Think he’s been one of our most consistent performers since the Autumn tests. I assume Maitland is injured if Visser is in? Surely he wouldn’t be picked ahead of him or is that just me who thinks that.

  2. As usual with Scotland, we need to tinker rather than rewrite. The snipe like qualities of the first half against Ireland were magnificent, and I’ve rarely seen any team put their bodies on the line as per the French match. I applauded the French loss for utter bravery. Maitland will be a big loss, but Hardie v Watson is a mouth watering rivalry for the future. Laidlaw might have lost a quick pass, but he’s been the best Scottish skipper in a generation, and I hope Barclay continues to step up in terms of getting the players moving, and talking to the ref. We’ve been missing for years pre-Laidlaw in both those critical areas.

    More than anything, this is a highly talented Scottish team with both skill and guts. We can’t let this opportunity slip.

  3. Everyone slating visser, he has been on fire at harlequins and is a try scoring machine. Everyone has defensive flaws. Just look at high getting bowled over by fickou. With the back row and Dunbars skill at the breakdown and tackling we can hopefully set the likes of huw jones visser, Seymour and Hogg away.

    • He’s not complete but I agree. If he can step up to the challenge, he makes a difference. Offensively he’s better than Maitland by the numbers. We just need to adopt a different approach that favours him in the game. In a game where our counter attack will be important, I believe having Visser who is confident in taking on defenders (more so than Maitland) could be a difference maker.

      Nowhere near as bad as the critics would have us believe. Got to back the team and with Maitland’s injury, he is the most experienced and current best choice. Hoyland not prove his worth yet, Hughes back from injury and also not fully proven and then Jones not really good enough. Not sure who else is in consideration really. Visser the clear choice.

  4. Shows we finally have a bit of strength in depth. Barclay is good choice for Captain and was fantastic against France. Josh Strauss gave everything last time out but Ryan Wilson has been superb for Glasgow Warriors. Only surprise is Hamish Watson being left on the bench. Hardie is a solid player but I think Watson was fantastic going forward in the last two games. No doubt he will get a run out and could have big impact of the bench. Lets hope Visser can recreate some of his great form for Harlequins in to the Scotland side. #asone

  5. loving our attacking options from 9 to 15 🙂 scotland are now an attacking team and also a great defensive one. also an excellent bench 🙂 not forgetiing those ugly forwards 🙂 somehow i think Greg Laidlaw will till be on that park in spirit. get well soon.

  6. Interesting. Gordon Reid back fir some scrummage stability. Glasgow front row first half, Edinburgh front row second. Units working well together. Hamish will come on second half and I ject some spirit. Having two open sides is a substitution luxury. My only concern is visas er, he doesn’t have the legs for 80 minutes and his chase game is weak, however him up against George north will be a battle of Giants.

  7. Hardie in for Watson because of weak scrummaging I think Lacey’s refereeing and he always picks on our scrum. Visser top try scorer for Harlequins good replacement Although poor defence. Great to see big Gordie getting a start as the Glasgow front row has been brilliant in Europe this season

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