Vern Cotter has named his team to take on Ireland this Saturday (KO 2.25pm) in Scotland’s opening match of the RBS Six Nations at Murrayfield.
There are a total of three changes to the starting XV that finished the Autumn Internationals against Georgia.
Stormers centre Huw Jones comes into the centre to replace Mark Bennett, who drops to bench, and sees off a stiff challenge from Matt Scott who has been in fine form for Gloucester.
“It’s nice to have an uncapped player and some reasonably new players in the team”
The other changes come in the pack with Fraser Brown coming in for Ross Ford, who also drops to the bench, whilst Josh Strauss comes in place of back-row club mate Rob Harley.
There are further changes to the forwards on the bench with uncapped Edinburgh prop Simon Berghan and Glasgow Warrior Gordon Reid, coming in following the injuries to WP Nel and Al Dickinson, and Tim Swinson coming on in place of Grant Gilchrist.
The other change in the backs replacements is the reinclusion of Duncan Weir in place of injured Peter Horne.
There is no specialised bench cover for wing or fullback, but Sean Maitland and Huw Jones can reshuffle should there be an injury.
TEAM TO FACE IRELAND
Scotland: Stuart Hogg, Sean Maitland, Huw Jones, Alex Dunbar, Tommy Seymour, Finn Russell, Greig Laidlaw (capt), Allan Dell, Fraser Brown, Zander Fagerson, Richie Gray, Jonny Gray, Ryan Wilson, Hamish Watson, Josh Strauss.
Replacements: Ross Ford, Gordon Reid, Simon Berghan, Tim Swinson, John Barclay, Ali Price, Duncan Weir, Mark Bennett.
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