Cardiff - Dan Biggar has recovered from
injury to boost Wales as they look to continue their Six Nations dominance over
The outside-half limped out of last
weekend's 16-16 draw with Ireland after just 20 minutes with an ankle injury,
but is fit to start at the recently renamed Principality Stadium on Saturday.
Biggar's recovery has allowed head coach
Warren Gatland to pick an unchanged side as Wales go in search of their ninth
straight win over the Scots.
Gatland said: "Dan had to get through
today's (Thursday) training to be in the frame for selection, and he did that
and looked sharp. He has made a miraculous recovery and the boys have been
joking, calling him Lazarus.
"We feared the worst after the game
when you saw him in a (surgical) boot and on crutches. We spoke to the medics
who thought it was a three-to-five-week injury.
"But the scan came back clear and he
has worked really hard since the game in terms of his recovery so it's great to
be able to name an unchanged side."
Jonathan Davies will win his 50th
international cap in the centre, alongside long-term midfield partner Jamie
Liam Williams, an 11th-hour replacement in
Dublin for the injured Gareth Anscombe, retains his place at full-back, but
Anscombe has shrugged off a hamstring complaint to take up a place on a vastly
Rookie prop Rob Evans and flanker Justin
Tipuric have also held onto their places ahead of British and Irish Lions pair
Gethin Jenkins and Dan Lydiate.
Jenkins is one of only two players in the
Wales squad to have lost to Scotland, who have not won in Cardiff for 14 years
and arrive on the back of their worst run in the Championship - eight
successive defeats - since the 1950s.
Saracens centre Duncan Taylor is the only
change to the Scotland side beaten 15-9 by England last weekend, after Matt
Scott picked up a quadricep injury in training.
Stuart Hogg, Sean Maitland and Tommy
Seymour make up the back three, with the backs completed by flyhalf Finn
Russell and captain Greig Laidlaw.
John Barclay, who plays his rugby in west
Wales for the Scarlets, packs down in the backrow alongside John Hardie and
Brothers Jonny and Richie Gray are the
second-row pairing, behind the all-Edinburgh frontrow of Alasdair Dickinson,
Ross Ford and WP Nel.
"This group have worked exceptionally
hard this week to improve their accuracy under pressure after a frustrating
opening game against England," said head coach Vern Cotter.
"We created opportunities that could
have been capitalised upon and converted into points. As a team we know we can
perform better and believe we're capable of making improvements all over the
"We know that Wales in Cardiff will
not be easy, but our focus is on improving our attacking and defensive
The game will be played 'indoors' after
Cotter agreed for the stadium roof to be closed. Under Six Nations rules, both
teams must agree for the roof to be shut.
Gatland added: "Having the roof closed
means the weather is not going to come into play. The atmosphere is going to be
brilliant, with a sell-out crowd, and we are excited about it.
"By the looks of it, both teams want
to go out and play some rugby."