Scotland Name Team To Face Ireland

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.

Tickets for the game are all sold out, but you can still get your hands on some here and here



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.

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

Watch Highlights From Last Year’s Game

1st Half

2nd Half

 Credit: RBS Six Nations

What do you think?


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  1. Well it looks like a dry day with a good wind both teams are good with ball in hand. It looks like it will be a fast game played on a good platform from the forwards. If we stay away from silly penalties and don’t panic it could be a cracker

  2. Ireland will probably want to utilise their wannabe Lions front row, but Scotland have dealt with that sort of challenge before. Fascinating match up between Jones and Ringrose. However the biggest question is whether Conor Murray will have another hissy fit.

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