Scotland Team to Face Wales
Hall Dropped; Di Rollo Injury Worry
The only change in the starting line-up from Scotland's opening 20-16 win against France last weekend sees Gunners hooker Dougie Hall drop out of the team and the squad. Scott Lawson, the 24-year-old Glasgow Warriors hooker, will make his first start in the RBS 6 Nations Championship when he plays against Wales at the Millennium Stadium on Sunday. Ross Ford (Border Reivers) is rewarded for his consistent displays in the Celtic League with the bench spot.
Scotland coach Frank Hadden said: "The decision at hooker was an incredibly difficult one to make. I've said all along that we have three top quality performers in that position. Now is the opportunity for the other two to show what they can do.
"It's unfair to suggest that Dougie is carrying the can for any problems in our lineout last weekend. We challenged ourselves in that area by deciding to go for full lineouts to enhance our driving maul and full lineouts are the easiest to defend against."
The other major point of interest also concerned a Gunner, with Marcus Di Rollo named in the team despite injury worries. Hadden noted that Marcus is continuing to make progress from his sore hamstring in the French game. "We will be monitoring him closely this week and obviously we will be considering other options. Ben MacDougall (Borders) and Graeme Morrison (Glasgow) will both be with us in training," he added. Indications are that should Marcus not recover, one of these two will start in his place, with super-sub Gunner Simon Webster again starting on the bench.
RBS Six Nations Championship
WALES v SCOTLAND
Sunday 12 February 2006
Millennium Stadium, 3:00pm
SCOTLAND (sponsor The Famous Grouse)
15. Hugo Southwell (Edinburgh Gunners)
14. Chris Paterson (Edinburgh Gunners)
13. Marcus Di Rollo (Edinburgh Gunners)
12. Andrew Henderson (Glasgow Warriors)
11. Sean Lamont (Northampton Saints)
10. Dan Parks (Glasgow Warriors)
9. Mike Blair (Edinburgh Gunners)
1. Gavin Kerr (Leeds Tykes)
2. Scott Lawson (Glasgow Warriors)
3. Bruce Douglas (Border Reivers)
4. Alastair Kellock (Edinburgh Gunners)
5. Scott Murray (Edinburgh Gunners)
6. Jason White (Sale Sharks) (captain)
7. Allister Hogg (Edinburgh Gunners)
8. Simon Taylor (Edinburgh Gunners)
16. Ross Ford ( Border Reivers)
17. Craig Smith (Edinburgh Gunners)
18. Scott MacLeod (Border Reivers)
19. Jon Petrie (Glasgow Warriors)
20. Chris Cusiter (Border Reivers)
21. Gordon Ross (Leeds Tykes)
22. Simon Webster (Edinburgh Gunners)