Scotland make one change for Ireland match
Updated: Wednesday, 20 Feb 2013 12:12
Scotland interim head coach Scott Johnson has made one change to the side which beat Italy two weeks ago as he prepares for the RBS 6 Nations visit of Ireland this Sunday.
Tight-head prop Euan Murray - who refuses to play on the Sabbath on religious grounds - is replaced by Edinburgh's Geoff Cross.
Cross, who scored a try against New Zealand on his last start for his country, is the only new face in the side which triumphed 34-10 over Italy earlier this month.
On the bench, hooker Dougie Hall has recovered from a knee injury while prop Jon Welsh also wins a spot as a replacement.
"We have to improve on our last game and that's been our theme at training all week," Johnson said in a statement.
"I make no apology for saying again that we have to step up our work in the contact area. Yes, we've some talented athletes in the squad, but we have to give them the opportunities."
Scotland XV: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Sean Lamont, 12 Matt Scott, 11 Tim Visser, 10 Ruaridh Jackson, 9 Greig Laidlaw, 8 Johnnie Beattie, 7 Kelly Brown, 6 Robert Harley, 5 Jim Hamilton, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Geoff Cross, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Ryan Grant.
Replacements: 16 Dougie Hall, 17 Jon Welsh, 18 Moray Low, 19 Alastair Kellock, 20 David Denton, 21 Henry Pyrgos, 22 Duncan Weir, 23 Max Evans.
Live RBS 6 Nations coverage on RTÉ Two from 2pm on Saturday 23 February and 1.15pm on Sunday 24 February (Scotland v Ireland). Live streaming Ireland only.
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