Scotland selects settled side vs England in Six Nations
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) Scotland went with the tried and tested for its Six Nations opener against England on Saturday, with just two changes from the side that lost narrowly to Australia in the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals in October.
Center Matt Scott and flanker John Barclay were recalled by coach Vern Cotter in the team announced on Thursday.
Only four members of the 23-man squad did not feature in the World Cup, including reserves Duncan Taylor and Stuart McInally, who missed the tournament through injury. Uncapped 20-year-old Zander Fagerson will be the youngest prop to represent Scotland since 1948 if he comes off the bench at Murrayfield.
Cotter says ''there's a huge amount of excitement and determination among the group to start well, and do well, in this championship, and show that they have learned from past experiences and developed their game.''
Scotland: Stuart Hogg, Sean Maitland, Mark Bennett, Matt Scott, Tommy Seymour, Finn Russell, Greig Laidlaw (captain); David Denton, John Hardie, John Barclay, Jonny Gray, Richie Gray, Willem Nel, Ross Ford, Alasdair Dickinson. Reserves: Stuart McInally, Gordon Reid, Zander Fagerson, Tim Swinson, Blair Cowan, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, Duncan Weir, Duncan Taylor.