Two Borderers on bench with Hogg in starting XV
A small sprinkling of Borders names graces the Scotland squad named yesterday (Wednesday) by head coach Gregor Townsend for the match against Wales which raises the curtain on the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations Championship.
Ex-Hawick ace Stuart Hogg is back in the number 15 jersey at full back and named as vice-captain – he was a very late withdrawal from the squad which amassed a record-breaking win over Australia at Murrayfield in November, after injuring a hip in the pre-match warm-up.
On the bench is Melrose and Glasgow prop Jamie Bhatti, who made his international debut in last year’s Autumn Tests, along with Jedburgh-linked scrum half Greig Laidlaw, back after injury.
There are no places in sthe starting squad for Selkirk connected players, Alex Dunbar and Lee Jones.
Townsend said: “We’ve selected a squad we believe can start the championship with the intensity and speed required to win in Cardiff.”
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Kick off at 2.15 in the Principalty Stadium, with the game live on BBC TV.