Six Nations 2015: Scotland prepare for France test – Photos
Vern Cotter and Duncan Hodge oversee a training session at BT Murrayfield ahead of their match in Paris on Saturday
After a superb autumn campaign, all eyes are on Vern Cotter and his Scotland squad as he prepares for his maiden Six Nations campaign.
Expectations are high, but the Dark Blues take on Les Bleus at the Stade de France on Saturday in their first match and the Kiwi has been putting his players through their paces at BT Murrayfield, which hosts Scotland’s second match in the championship against Wales on 15 February.
The players are all smiles as they arrive for a day of hard work.
The Scotland squad are put through some drills on the artificial area beside the international pitch, but keep their distance from the beard to be feared.
London Irish tighthead prop Geoff Cross and his mighty beard get to work.
The players also get their hands on the Gilbert balls they’ll use during the game in Paris.
The Gray brothers are expected to continue their partnership in the second row after linking up for the first time and impressing in November as Scotland defeated Argentina and Tonga and came close to defeating the All Blacks, but Cotter is keeping his cards close to his chest ahead of the team announcement on Thursday.
Director of rugby Scott Johnson drops by to check in on how the current crop of players are getting on.
The Australian had been interim head coach prior to Cotter’s arrival in Edinburgh last summer and led Scotland to fifth place in last year’s championship, but have ambitions on a title push this campaign.