Scotland vs Wales Live, Stream, Online, Rugby
Scotland vs Wales Live, Stream, Online, Rugby,Scotland welcome Wales to Edinburgh for a Six Nations encounter that will make and break championship aspirations. Both sides start Saturday’s clash on the back of a defeat, having failed to see out promising situations against France and England respectively.
Scotland vs Wales Live, Stream, Online, Rugby,Each team has credit in the bank, though, and will carry hopes of a title challenge into Murrayfield courtesy of their opening round victories.
In Vern Cotter’s final season as coach, the hosts have begun to turn promise into performances. A backline drawn largely from the Glasgow Warriors, and featuring the mercurial skills of Finn Russell and Staurt Hogg, is the match for any in the northern hemisphere and put Ireland to the sword in week one. Cotter has had to contend with injuries though, and captain Greig Laidlaw has been ruled out of the tournament. In their way stands a Wales side that has shown signs of life this month, too, following a difficult 12 months. The form of the Welsh back row is evidenced by Taulupe Faletau’s inclusion as a replacement for the second game running.
It promises to be a cracking afternoon in Edinburgh. The victor will be able to concentrate on chasing down England ahead of them, while the loser must look over their shoulder with two matches left to play. The mission for both teams could not be clearer — win at all costs.
Cotter has been forced to make five changes for the visit of Wales, with captain Laidlaw joined on the sidelines by Saracens wing Sean Maitland. Scarlets back-row John Barclay will skipper the side in Edinburgh. Ali Price, Tim Visser, John Hardie, Ryan Wilson and Gordon Reid all start.
Scotland: Hogg, Visser, Dunbar, Jones, Seymour, Russell, Price; Reid, Brown, Fagerson, R Gray, J Gray, Barclay (captain), Hardie, Wilson.
Replacements: Ford, Dell, Berghan, Swinson, Watson, Pyrgos, Weir, Bennett.
Interim head coach Rob Howley has made just one change to the Wales team that lost narrowly to England last time out. George North replaces Alex Cuthbert on the right wing, with the Cardiff Blues man dropping out of the 23-man squad altogether. Ross Moriarty retains his place at No. 8, meaning Faletau is once again a replacement, where he is joined by Luke Charteris.