Six Nations 2013: Duncan Weir to make first start for Scotland
Six Nations 2013: Scotland head coach Scott Johnson hands Duncan Weir his first start against Wales on Saturday
Duncan Weir will make his first start for Scotland in their Six Nations clash with Wales on Saturday in one of two changes made by interim head coach Scott Johnson.
Weir, who has won three previous caps from the bench – including against Ireland last time out – replaces Glasgow Warriors teammate Ruaridh Jackson at fly-half.
“It’s a moment I’ll cherish and hopefully I can do the coaches justice for giving me the start,” said Weir.
Elsewhere, Euan Murray, who was absent for the victory over Ireland due to his Christian faith, returns at tighthead prop with Geoff Cross moving to the bench.
Ryan Wilson, the 23-year-old Glasgow Warriors No 8 who has led his club on three occasions this season and who was captain and man of the match in Scotland A’s victory over England Saxons last month, is introduced to a match-day 23 for the first time.
Wilson is named instead of David Denton who sustained a knee injury when playing for Edinburgh Rugby against Scarlets at the weekend.
Johnson added: “Geoff (Cross) was a standout against Ireland and it’s up to Euan, who fronted up big time against Italy, to raise the bar again.
“Wales will be going for their fifth successive away victory in the championship and that would be a record for them but our focus is on ensuring we win the contact zone, continue to improve and make it three wins on the bounce.”
Scotland team to face Wales: Stuart Hogg, Sean Maitland, Sean Lamont, Matt Scott, Tim Visser, Duncan Weir, Greig Laidlaw; Ryan Grant, Ross Ford, Euan Murray, Richie Gray, Jim Hamilton, Robert Harley, Kelly Brown, Johnnie Beattie
Replacements: Dougie Hall, Moray Low, Geoff Cross, Alastair Kellock, Ryan Wilson, Henry Pyrgos, Ruaridh Jackson, Max Evans.