Scotland names team to play Ireland


Scott Johnson has named his Scotland team to play Ireland this weekend. Stuart Hogg returns at fullback, while Alex Dunbar is preferred in the centre to Nick De Luca.

In the pack, Tim Swinson comes into the engine room to partner Jim Hamilton, while Ryan Wilson is named on the blindside. Dave Denton is preferred to Johnnie Beattie at number eight, and captain Kelly Brown completes the back row on the openside.

Head coach Johnson acknowledged that it had been a tough selection: “The forwards especially were a hard pick but we’re happy. We believe we’ve got a good combination to go in against formidable opposition,” he said.

“We can go the length with that back three. For a seasoned campaigner Sean Lamont has some leg still. His form over the last 24 months for us has been outstanding, especially his work off the ball. Like something in my wine cabinet he’s certainly getting better with age.”

Scotland team to play Ireland:
15 Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors)
14 Sean Maitland (Glasgow Warriors)
13 Alex Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors)
12 Duncan Taylor (Saracens)
11 Sean Lamont (Glasgow Warriors)
10 Duncan Weir (Glasgow Warriors)
9 Greig Laidlaw (Edinburgh Rugby)

1 Ryan Grant (Glasgow Warriors)
2 Ross Ford (Edinburgh Rugby)
3 Moray Low (Glasgow Warriors)
4 Tim Swinson (Glasgow Warriors)
5 Jim Hamilton (Montpellier)
6 Ryan Wilson (Glasgow Warriors)
7 Kelly Brown (Saracens) CAPTAIN
8 David Denton (Edinburgh Rugby)

16 Pat MacArthur (Glasgow Warriors)
17 Alasdair Dickinson (Edinburgh Rugby)
18 Geoff Cross (Edinburgh Rugby)
19 Richie Gray (Castres)
20 Johnnie Beattie (Montpellier)
21 Chris Cusiter (Glasgow Warriors)
22 Matt Scott (Edinburgh Rugby)
23 Max Evans (Castres)

Photo by: Patrick Khachfe / Onside Images

7 thoughts on “Scotland names team to play Ireland

  1. I know nothing of Alex Dunbar, but have to say that i’m surprised that Matt Scott is only on the bench.

    Duncan Taylor has looked good for Saracens though – although looking good for Saracens is not necessarily an accurate indication of International form!!!

    1. Dunbar has been playing well for Glasgow this year. I’m surprised to see Scott on the bench, that’s only down to the lack of game time he’s had due to injury!

      Still don’t get the reliance on Denton and Ford. Ford can’t hook to save himself, and Denton has been shown up on more than one occasion in defence at 8. Would much prefer to have Beattie or Wilson at 8!

  2. With the beefy pack and the big centres, looks like it’s going to be an attempt to run over the top of Ireland. Would’ve risked starting Scott for a playmaking 12. Don’t think the ball will be getting past 13 though.

    Beattie should feel very hard done by, so much more to offer than Denton with and without ball in hand… join fellow unlucky players behind Barclay, MacArthur, Welsh, Cusiter and especially Roddy Grant!

    1. Beattie is apparently coming back from coming down with a virus, else he would likely have started at 6.

      Absolutely agree with Roddy Grant, his missing out on a call-up is a travesty.

    1. nah, just Connacht, Cardiff, Dragons and Leinster…

      Not a bad time to play Cardiff or Leinster, hellish time to play Connacht and the Dragons!

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