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Dublin: 2°C Thursday 13 May 2021

Richie Gray held in reserve with four Scots in line for Six Nations debut in Dublin

Centre partners Alex Dunbar and Duncan Taylor will be among those making their first appearance in the tournament.

Richie Gray on tour with the Lions last summer.
Richie Gray on tour with the Lions last summer.
Image: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

SCOTLAND INTERIM BOSS Scott Johnson been able to return fit-again Stuart Hogg to the fullback jersey for this Sunday’s Six Nations clash against Ireland.

The youngest member of last summer’s Lions tour missed the November internationals through injury, but now forms the centerpiece of a dangerous looking back three which also features Sean Maitland and Sean Lamont.

Johnson has resisted the urge to start lock Richie Gray, preferring to reunite Glasgow’s Tim Swinson and Jim Hamilton who formed  the second row unit against South Africa last summer while Gray was with the Lions in Australia.

“The forwards especially were a hard pick,” Johnson told, ”but we’re happy. We believe we’ve got a good combination to go in against formidable opposition.”

Duncan Weir has been given the nod at out-half with cover coming from his half-back partner Laidlaw and centre Matt Scott on the bench.

Captain Kelly Brown will win his 61st cap for his country, but it will be a Six Nations debut for Swinson, Ryan Wilson and centre pairing Alex Dunbar and Duncan Taylor.

Scotland (v Ireland): S Hogg, S Maitland, A Dunbar, D Taylor, S Lamont; D Weir, G Laidlaw: R Grant, R Ford, M Low, T Swinson, J Hamilton; R Wilson, K Brown (Capt.) D Denton.

Replacements: P Mac Arthus, A Dickinson, G Cross, R Gray, J Beattie, C Cusiter, M Scott, M Evans.

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