Scotland drop captain Brown
Kelly Brown (Getty Images)
London - Scotland have dropped captain Kelly Brown for the Calcutta Cup Six Nations clash against England at Murrayfield on Saturday.
openside flanker's place has gone to Glasgow's Chris Fusaro, who will
be making his Test debut, with scrum-half Greig Laidlaw taking over the
Scotland coach Scott Johnson said it had been a
difficult decision to drop Brown in one of three changes he made to the
starting XV following last weekend's 28-6 first round defeat by Ireland
Ireland ultimately had the better of some bruising
forward exchanges and Australian coach Johnson said ball-winner Fusaro
had been selected for a specific task against an England side looking to
bounce back from a last gasp 26-24 loss to France.
"Fusaro is picked to do a certain role and we believe there's an opportunity for him to do it," Johnson said.
are powerful, they have an edge to their side and are assertive and
aggressive. They will probably consider themselves unlucky last weekend
but it's not always brute force that wins these games."
changes to the starting side saw Tommy Seymour replace injured Glasgow
team-mate Sean Maitland on the wing, while Edinburgh centre Matt Scott
was promoted from the bench, with Duncan Taylor now among the
"I spoke to Tommy Seymour in the summer that he needed a point of difference," Johnson explained.
of the things that comes to mind is his aerial skills. He possesses
natural aerial skills from his time in Ireland. Every time he has gone
up in class his skills have transcended."
15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Alex Dunbar, 12 Matt Scott, 11 Sean Lamont, 10 Duncan Weir, 9 Greig Laidlaw (captain), 8 David Denton, 7 Chris Fusaro, 6 Ryan Wilson, 5 Jim Hamilton, 4 Tim Swinson, 3 Moray Low, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Ryan Grant
Substitutes: 16 Scott Lawson, 17 Alasdair Dickinson, 18 Geoff Cross, 19 Jonny Gray, 20 Johnnie Beattie, 21 Chris Cusiter, 22 Duncan Taylor, 23 Max Evans