Scotland team named to play England

scotland logoScott Johnson has named the Scotland team to take on England this weekend. Tommy Seymour replaces the injured Sean Maitland on the wing, while Matt Scott returns to the centre in place of Duncan Taylor after a cameo from the bench last weekend. Taylor is on the bench, where, like England, there is no recognised fly-half replacement.

In the pack there is a debut for Chris Fusaro at openside who replaces previous captain Kelly Brown, who astonishingly drops out of the squad all together. Jonny Gray is on the bench in place of his older brother Richie.

What do you make of the team? Can they beat England on Saturday?

Scotland team to play England:
15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Alex Dunbar, 12 Matt Scott, 11 Sean Lamont, 10 Duncan Weir, 9 Greig Laidlaw, 1 Ryan Grant, 2 Ross Ford, 3 Moray Low, 4 Tim Swinson, 5 Jim Hamilton, 6 Ryan Wilson, 7 Chris Fusaro, 8 David Denton

Replacements: 16 Scott Lawson, 17 Alasdair Dickinson, 18 Geoff Cross, 19 Jonny Gray, 20 Johnnie Beattie, 21 Chris Cusiter, 22 Duncan Taylor, 23 Max Evans

12 thoughts on “Scotland team named to play England

  1. Real mixed bag this selection.

    Good things are that finally we start with an out and out openside in Fusaro, who Scotland fans like myself have been calling for to get a chance in ages! He should also be suited to the conditions on Saturday Also good to have Scott back in the XV.

    No idea why Brown’s been dropped entirely. What’s the point in naming him captain, then dropping him the following week. Absolute madness. Would have liked to have seen Denton at 6 with Fusaro at openside and Beattie at 8…

    No idea how on earth Ford has been kept in the squad let alone the team. The less said about that the better. Cusiter at 9 would’ve been preferable but I suppose Laidlaw is in with the wet conditions in mind.

  2. Scott Johnson’s dartboard must get a lot of work when selecting the team… Why has he replaced the forwards who mostly did fine work against Ireland and left in the biggest stinker of that Test, if not that weekend altogether?

  3. Ford???
    What possible strategy can this coach have in mind given that Ross Ford is a poor scrummager between two less than dominant props, cannot throw in accurately and has little or no impact in the loose.
    I take it he believes we can be competitive even without our set piece ball


  4. “Would have liked to have seen Denton at 6 with Fusaro at openside and Beattie at 8” – I’m with Sam, that looks like a better back row to me. Though I agree with the half back selection in these conditions. If weather stays bright through could be a half-time switch.


    Other than that pretty happy. I’d probably have given Jonny Gray a start ahead of Hamilton. Hamilton makes a better impact sub – especially considering his complete lack of discipline. Gray would also sort out that lineout somewhat as far as I’ve seen.

  5. At last, a specialist 7 but how can Ford and Laidlaw remain in the team after last weekend!?! Dropping Brown (unless he is carrying an injury) is just the sort of thing we have come to expect from Johnson: Brown is named captain and was not the worst forward against Ire (but would have been better at 6) and then is dropped whereas the hooker who can’t throw, hook or even show any type of aggression/nous is kept. Forget the “great rugby brain” comments, Laidlaw is a liability; slow passer and poses no threat as a runner and does not make many tackles. He spends most of the time pointing and waving his arms around. Cusiter and Lawson/Hall must have done something unmentionable to miss out this weekend. Denton tries hard but he just seeks contact, surely a Fusarao, Brown, Beattie back row has a bit more guile and balance about it?! It is constantly said that an international coach’s first job is to be a good selector and Johnson is well out of his depth, this is probably why Wales were seemingly not keen to retain him.

  6. This would be a very interesting game if both 10’s got injured in the first five minutes??!! Neither team are fielding a specialist 10 on their bench. Although I would feel happier with Twelvetrees or Goode at 10 than Hogg after watching him play there on the Lions tour.

  7. You just know the first thing that will happen is May will take a hit right on the schnoz.

    Out for the rest of the competition.

  8. What he giveth with the right hand, the left hand taketh away.

    A specialist 7 – Yay!
    Ford not dropped – Boo!

    Harsh on Brown, MacArthur and Gray Snr.

    Good to have Gray Jnr. on the bench and Scott starting. Really looking forward to Scott / Dunbar midfield.

  9. Excellent to see a 7 there. Looking forward to seeing Scott and Dunbar together.

    1 – What did Brown and Grey Sr do to deserve getting dumped?
    2 – What did Ford do to stay in? the scrum was weak and the lineout undermined some good tactical kicking.
    3 – Laidlaw has to go, he is a waste of space, the Scottish backs are ordinary to say the least, they need quick ball and he is no Patterson when it comes to kicking goals, Weir or Hogg could kick.

    I worry for Scotland, really worry

  10. I agree we have talent in the backs however they are forced to operate off the back foot at best and with little or no quality ball.
    We faced Ireland with no true openside,a hooker who cannot hook, a thrower in who cannot hit his jumpers and props who are inadequate!
    On top of this we have a scrum half who requires to take a couple of steps before releasing a pass, so whatever talent out three quarters have is forced to defend or operate off scraps whilst retreating!

    Barring appalling weather, nematodes, acts of god this coach will rack up another defeat for his ignominious record

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