Edinburgh - Scotland's New Zealander coach Vern Cotter has made two changes to
his pack on Thursday ahead of Saturday's Six Nations finale against
champions Ireland at Murrayfield.
Prop Ryan Grant, making his
first start of the championship, and flanker Adam Ashe move up from the
bench to replace Alasdair Dickinson and Rob Harley respectively.
Dickinson and Harley drop to the bench where the only other change sees
wing Tim Visser replace back row forward Johnnie Beattie as Cotter
reverts to a selection of five forwards and three backs amongst his
replacements instead of the six-two split he favoured last week against
England at Twickenham.
Tight-head Euan Murray will make history by overtaking Allan Jacobsen's record for a prop with his 66th Scotland appearance.
have lost all four games in this season's tournament so far while
Ireland are looking for a victory to help them retain the title.
are currently top of the standings, but lead Ireland and Wales only on
points difference, with the final round of matches set to determine the
Despite Scotland's failure to win so far, Cotter says
it was important to maintain consistency in a group whose performances
have suggested they should have got more out of the tournament.
"There is a strong culture in this group. Players want to do well and set the standards high," said Cotter.
played with a huge amount of spirit and courage, are putting teams
under pressure and are scoring tries, which is encouraging, but we want
to go one better this Saturday against Ireland, last year's champions.
"Both ourselves and Ireland are hugely motivated for this game.
no mistake, they are coming to Edinburgh believing they can win the
title, while we will be going out there desperate to throw everything at
our last Championship match to win the game and repay the support of
Scotland: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Dougie Fife, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Matt Scott, 11 Tommy Seymour, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Greig Laidlaw (captain), 8 David Denton, 7 Blair Cowan, 6 Adam Ashe, 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Jim Hamilton, 3 Euan Murray, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Ryan Grant
Substitutes: 16 Fraser Brown, 17 Alasdair Dickinson, 18 Geoff Cross, 19 Tim Swinson, 20 Robert Harley, 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22 Greig Tonks, 23 Tim Visser