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6N: Scotland make 2 enforced changes for visit by Wales

Scotland forced to make 2 changes, recall winger Lamont, prop Cross for visit by Wales

6N: Scotland make 2 enforced changes for visit by Wales

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- Winger Sean Lamont has recovered in time to replace injured Glasgow clubmate Tommy Seymour for Scotland's home opener against Wales in Six Nations rugby on Sunday.

The only other change by coach Vern Cotter on Friday was also enforced, as tighthead prop Euan Murray doesn't play on Sundays for religious reasons. The experienced Geoff Cross was promoted from the reserves, and Jon Welsh brought in.

A calf injury ruled out Lamont, the most capped player in the squad with 91, from the 15-8 loss to France in Paris last weekend.

Seymour came off in the first quarter with a hip injury, and hasn't recovered. Dougie Fife went on at the Stade de France and scored the only try just before halftime.

But Fife was dropped to make way for 21-cap center Matt Scott, who, because of injury, hasn't played for Scotland since the same fixture a year ago.

Peter Horne was also left out for South African-born utility back Greig Tonks, whose only cap for Scotland was in 2013.

"Last weekend's performance, in terms of line-breaks and heart, was encouraging," Cotter said. "We defended well and our lineout, scrum and defense stood up to a very stern French assessment.

"I'm pleased we were in a situation to contest the match throughout, but we left the paddock very frustrated and disappointed that we didn't get more from the game - and that's a good measure of this squad."

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Scotland: Stuart Hogg, Sean Lamont, Mark Bennett, Alex Dunbar, Tim Visser, Finn Russell, Greig Laidlaw (captain); Johnnie Beattie, Blair Cowan, Rob Harley, Jonny Gray, Richie Gray, Geoff Cross, Ross Ford, Alasdair Dickinson. Reserves: Fraser Brown, Gordon Reid, Jon Welsh, Jim Hamilton, Alasdair Strokosch, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, Greig Tonks, Matt Scott.


Updated : 2021-09-21 11:39 GMT+08:00