• Hogg back for Scotland

    Scotland have made four changes to their starting XV and a further positional switch for their opening Six Nations match against Ireland in Dublin on Sunday.

    Stuart Hogg returns at fullback having missed the November Tests through injury, Alex Dunbar is preferred to Nick de Luca at outside centre, Tim Swinson starts ahead of Grant Gilchrist in the second row, and Ryan Wilson is chosen at blindside flanker instead of Johnnie Beattie.

    New Zealander Sean Maitland moves to the wing to accommodate Hogg in the 15 jersey.

    Scotland – 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Alex Dunbar, 12 Duncan Taylor, 11 Sean Lamont, 10 Duncan Weir, 9 Greig Laidlaw, 8 David Denton, 7 Kelly Brown (c), 6 Ryan Wilson, 5 Jim Hamilton, 4 Tim Swinson, 3 Moray Low, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Ryan Grant.
    Subs: 16 Pat MacArthur, 17 Alasdair Dickinson, 18 Geoff Cross, 19 Richie Gray, 20 Johnnie Beattie, 21 Chris Cusiter, 22 Matt Scott, 23 Max Evans.

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    Simon Borchardt