Six Nations: Greig Laidlaw on bench for Scotland against Wales

Greig Laidlaw has played 68 times for Scotland, nonetheless has been benched by Gregor Townsend
Six International locations: Scotland v Wales
Venue: Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh Date: Saturday, 9 March Kick-off: 14:15 GMT
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Captain Greig Laidlaw has been dropped to the bench in favour of Ali Mark for Scotland’s Six International locations meeting with Wales at Murrayfield on Saturday.

It is miles without a doubt one of four changes made by Gregor Townsend for Scotland’s penultimate game of the competitors.

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Fly Darcy Graham moreover is available in for his first start as the Scots count on their second dangle of the marketing and marketing and marketing campaign against the unbeaten Welsh.

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Tight-head prop WP Nel returns to the side after making his comeback from injury for Edinburgh final weekend. Simon Berghan drops to the bench.

Peter Horne switches from flee-half to inner centre to accommodate Russell’s return, with Sam Johnson falling by the wayside of the match-day 23.

Glasgow Warriors pair Jonny Gray and Tommy Seymour will form their 50th appearances for Scotland.

“Getting to 50 caps to your country is a milestone in a participant’s career and it underlines the consistency and quality both Tommy and Jonny agree with delivered for Scotland over time,” talked about Townsend.

‘Laidlaw must shoulder some accountability’

BBC Scotland’s Andy Burke

Gregor Townsend will dispute the resolution to bench his captain in favour of Ali Mark is a resolution made with this year’s Rugby World Cup in thoughts, and clearly Scotland develop want greater than one viable option at scrum-half in Japan.

On the opposite hand, if Greig Laidlaw had been taking half in successfully and the team had been showing the rest esteem their handiest stuff in this Six International locations, there would were no advice of shedding the Clermont man. Scotland were ponderous in assault for exceptional of this championship, especially in that unpleasant mask in Paris, and Laidlaw must shoulder some of the accountability.

Finest a idiot would write the Borders man off, though. He’s considered off many challengers to his number nine jersey over time and may per chance maybe presumably honest bask in the different to mask his doubters unpleasant another time.

While Mark has unpleasant most as much as date memories of facing Wales, he became as soon as within the side that beat them at Murrayfield in 2017. This represents a mighty different for him to edge to the entrance of the queue for the scrum-half berth.

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