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    Posted: 04 March 2019 at 12:50pm
SCOTLAND INJURY UPDATE

Flanker Hamish Watson and prop WP Nel are back in the squad ahead of the Wales game - Sam Skinner, and Glasgow duo Grant Stewart and Stafford McDowall, have also been restored.

Gregor Townsend has also called up London Irish prop Gordon Reid, as well as Matt Fagerson and Byron McGuigan.

Fly-half Finn Russell played 65 minutes and scored nine points for Racing 92 against La Rochelle, having missed Scotland's defeat by France with concussion.

Eight players have left the squad, with scrum-half George Horne, prop D'arcy Rae, hooker George Turner and centre Chris Dean dropping out due to injury.

Prop Alex Allan and forward Rob Harley have returned to Glasgow, back-row John Hardie is back with Newcastle Falcons while stand-off Duncan Weir has been released to Worcester Warriors.

But full-back Stuart Hogg will not feature as he recovers from a shoulder injury.
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Wales team to face Scotland: Williams (Saracens), North (Ospreys), J Davies (Scarlets) Parkes (Scarlets) Adams (Worcester); Anscombe (Cardiff Blues), Davies (Scarlets); Evans (Scarlets), Owens (Scarlets), Francis (Exeter Chiefs), Beard (Osprey), A-W Jones (Ospreys - captain), Navidi (Cardiff Blues), Tipuric (Ospreys), Moriarty (Dragons).

Bench: Elliot Dee (Dragons)Nicky Smith (Ospreys)Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Blues)Jake Ball (Scarlets), Aaron Wainwright (Dragons)Aled Davies (Ospreys), Dan Biggar (Saints), Owen Watkin (Ospreys)


Only change is Adam Beard in for injured Cory Hill, Jake Ball takes his place on the bench.

Otherwise, Gats & co stick with the team that beat England, so no place in 23 for Pence.

Announcement made early due to need for other news in Welsh rugby. Possibly.


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Why is it everytime he goes away with the Welsh squad, Samson gets bloody injured?
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North (Scarlets),
so soon?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote aber-fan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 March 2019 at 1:32pm
Originally posted by solva solva wrote:

North (Scarlets),
so soon?

haha!

I think Gatland decided to announce the team early to prevent all the crap about 'Scarlet Ospreys' reducing the team's focus on Scotland - they usually think (I believe) that announcing the team late maintains a bit of edge in the squad, but the boys have enough on their plates with the regional uncertainty surrounding Project Reset - they need clear heads for Saturday.
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Originally posted by solva solva wrote:

North (Scarlets),
so soon?
Embarrassed

Copied straight off the BBC website, they even spelt 'Scarlets' wrong for Foxy, which I corrected, but I missed the North typo.
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Maybe for the best this one's an away match then. Scotland are dangerous though, can be strong at home and certainly have a point to prove after their last game. Still think Foxy can have a big game and this could be it. We didn't have a single linebreak in that England match and the potential is definitely there!
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Right, then - I'm now going to focus almost exclusively on 6 Nations Round 4 in Murrayfield.

For what it's worth, I think Mergergate will help the squad in their preparations - they'll be frustrated, angry and determined to take it out on someone. The Scotland game could otherwise have treated as a relatively easy match, with one eye on a Grand Slam showdown against Ireland in Cardiff. Not now.

Gats & co did the right thing to name the team early yesterday - other than the injured Hill necessitating a second row reshuffle, it's a vote of confidence in the team that overcame England - we're always hearing about momentum in tournaments, and this gives the opportunity to build more coming back to Cardiff.

Murrayfield will be tough, as we finally discovered 2 years ago, and it's good to see the Scots getting up for it, too - they have some pride to restore at home after under-performing in Paris.

Originally posted by Allan Dell Allan Dell wrote:

Gatland’s going about saying their team has forgotten how to lose and all that. We’ve seen them lose, we’ve beaten them at club level... there will be a problem if they take us lightly.

This is the biggest game until the next one, for both sides.


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SCOTLAND TEAM:

Blair Kinghorn; Tommy Seymour, Nick Grigg, Pete Horne, Darcy Graham; Finn Russell, Ali Price; Allan Dell, Stuart McInally, Willem Nel; Grant Gilchrist, Jonny Gray; Magnus Bradbury, Jamie Ritchie, Josh Strauss.

Reps: Fraser Brown, Gordon Reid, Simon Berghan, Ben Toolis, Hamish Watson, Greig Laidlaw, Adam Hastings, Byron McGuigan.
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15. Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh) – 10 caps

14. Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors) – 49 caps
13. Nick Grigg (Glasgow Warriors) – 7 caps
12. Pete Horne (Glasgow Warriors) – 40 caps
11. Darcy Graham (Edinburgh) – 2 caps

10. Finn Russell VICE CAPTAIN (Racing 92) - 42 caps
9. Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors) – 22 caps

1. Allan Dell (Edinburgh) – 20 caps
2. Stuart McInally CAPTAIN (Edinburgh) – 25 caps
3. Willem Nel (Edinburgh) – 27 caps
4. Grant Gilchrist VICE CAPTAIN (Edinburgh) – 31 caps
5. Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors) – 49 caps
6. Magnus Bradbury (Edinburgh) – 5 caps
7. Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh) – 9 caps
8. Josh Strauss (Sale Sharks) – 20 caps


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16. Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors) – 40 caps
17. Gordon Reid (London Irish) – 33 caps
18. Simon Berghan (Edinburgh) – 17 caps
19. Ben Toolis (Edinburgh) – 16 caps
20. Hamish Watson (Edinburgh) – 23 caps
21. Greig Laidlaw (Clermont Auvergne) – 69 caps
22. Adam Hastings (Glasgow Warriors) – 9 caps
23. Byron McGuigan (Sale Sharks) – 6 caps


Kinghorn , russell and seymour are probably their more dangerous weapons

Johnny gray is a big bugger with good hands and good workrate around the field, but known for not being great in the tight. Missing the world class stuart hogg and john barclay is massive, maitland out, blade thompson out, but several others return, nel at prop too ...laidlaw dropped for price...watson back on bench big boost. hastings looks a tidy player on the bench.

I dont totally buy this scotland are wafer thin up front....thats an exageration. They do tend to pass a lot and go side to side, but they have some dangerous players. We should have an edge at scrum, they may disrupt our lineouts, I hope weve improved in the 2 weeks since England, beard may improve this area and the tight mauls...we may have an edge overall physically in the tight exchanges and collisions. Strauss is a handful he will need to be marshalled throughout, the other flankers are a bit of an unknown quantity, very inexperienced, we have to target that. Ours is proven, very hard working, very fit, very mobile and good at the breakdown. Russell is a box of tricks , a classy player with skill pace. He reminds you how vital a 10 is in opening up defences. 

I dont know what scotland to expect, crowd behind them due a big performance., it will be cold and rainy so it may not be a classic running game. Cant help thinking maybe biggar will come on sooner if anscombe continues his inaccuracy. If we believe our own hype or have one eye on a grand slam we will lose. Scotland won away in australia, they hammered england last year and they are dangerous.




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Scotland were very poor v France - the French had 3 tries overruled by the TMO - it's unlikely they'll be that bad two games in a row, but unless the Project Reset shenanigans have seriously distracted the players, I don't see us losing this... it should be fairly close, though, at Murrayfield.
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