Unchanged Scots face Hook's Wales
February 9, 2011
Joe Ansbro has been retained by Scotland © Getty Images
Scotland head coach Andy Robinson has named an unchanged side for Saturday's Six Nations clash with Wales at Murrayfield.
Scrum-half Rory Lawson (back) and wings Max Evans (dead leg) and Nikki Walker (knee) have shaken off knocks to retain their places following last weekend's gutsy display in a 34-21 defeat to France at the Stade de France.
Robinson, who on Wednesday agreed a new long-term deal with the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU), has been forced to make one alteration among the replacements, where Gloucester hooker Scott Lawson is included in place of the injured Dougie Hall.
Meanwhile, James Hook has been handed the fly-half jersey for Wales. The Perpignan-bound playmaker started last Friday's 26-19 loss to England at fullback but has been given the chance to influence their fortunes at first-receiver for the first time since since the 2009 Six Nations.
Stephen Jones drops to the bench after taking a limited role in training this week due to a knock suffered against England. Lee Byrne reclaims the fullback berth and former skipper Ryan Jones takes over from the injured Andy Powell at No.8.
Scotland: H Southwell (Stade Francais); N Walker (Ospreys), J Ansbro (Northampton Saints), N De Luca (Edinburgh), M Evans (Glasgow Warriors); D Parks (Cardiff Blues), R Lawson (Gloucester); A Jacobsen (Edinburgh), R Ford (Edinburgh), E Murray (Newcastle Falcons), R Gray (Glasgow Warriors), A Kellock (Glasgow Warriors, capt), N Hines (Leinster), J Barclay (Glasgow Warriors), K Brown (Saracens)
Replacements: S Lawson (Gloucester), M Low (Glasgow Warriors), R Vernon (Glasgow Warriors), R Rennie (Edinburgh), M Blair (Edinburgh), R Jackson (Glasgow Warriors), S Lamont (Scarlets)
Wales: L Byrne (Ospreys); M Stoddart (Scarlets), J Roberts (Cardiff Blues), J Davies (Scarlets), S Williams (Ospreys); J Hook (Ospreys), M Phillips (Ospreys); P James (Ospreys), M Rees (Scarlets, capt), C Mitchell (Ospreys), B Davies (Cardiff Blues), A-W Jones (Ospreys), D Lydiate (Newport Gwent Dragons), S Warburton (Cardiff Blues), R Jones (Ospreys)
Replacements: R Hibbard (Ospreys), J Yapp (Cardiff Blues), J Thomas (Ospreys), J Turnbull (Scarlets), T Knoyle (Scarlets), S Jones (Scarlets), R Priestland (Scarlets)
Referee: George Clancy (Ire)
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