Scotland have called up three players and made a positional switch for their opening match of the RBS 6 Nations Championship against England at Twickenham on Saturday.
From their line-up from their last Bank of Scotland Corporate Autumn Test against Australia in November, British Lion Chris Cusiter returns in place of the injured Mike Blair at scrum-half; Hugo Southwell starts at full-back with Chris Paterson replacing Simon Webster on the wing; and, making his first start for Scotland, James Hamilton is at lock instead of Scott Murray.
Hamilton, who was Scotland’s 1000th cap when he was introduced as a substitute against Romania in the Autumn, is one of four players making their Championship debuts, the others being prop Euan Murray and back-row forwards David Callam and Kelly Brown.
Scotland head coach Frank Hadden said: “Dave Callam had a quite exceptional series of games in the Autumn. We do not get carried away by statistics but his tackle count and percentage of rucks cleared was as good as anything I have come across.
“Also in the pack Alastair Kellock has been at the heart of Glasgow’s progress this season. As their captain he has grown in stature and we think he forms a formidable second-row combination alongside James Hamilton.”
Hadden welcomed the return of Cusiter who has recovered from the shoulder injury he sustained against the Pacific Islanders in the middle Autumn Test.
“I was very impressed with his performance for the Border Reivers against the Dragons in the Magners League on Friday night. I met him subsequently and was convinced there were no ill effects and that he was raring to go for what will be a massive challenge for us on Saturday.”
Saturday 3 February at Twickenham (kick-off 4pm)
15 Hugo Southwell (Edinburgh Rugby)
14 Sean Lamont (Northampton Saints)
13 Marcus Di Rollo (Edinburgh Rugby)
12 Andrew Henderson (Glasgow Warriors)
11 Chris Paterson (Edinburgh Rugby) CAPTAIN
10 Dan Parks (Glasgow Warriors)
9 Chris Cusiter (Border Reivers) *
1 Gavin Kerr (Border Reivers)
2 Dougie Hall (Edinburgh Rugby)
3 Euan Murray (Glasgow Warriors)*
4 Alastair Kellock (Glasgow Warriors)*
5 James Hamilton (Leicester Tigers)
6 Simon Taylor (Edinburgh Rugby)*
8 David Callam (Edinburgh Rugby)*
7 Kelly Brown (Border Reivers)*
16 Ross Ford (Border Reivers)*
17 Allan Jacobsen (Edinburgh Rugby)
18 Scott Murray (Edinburgh Rugby)
19 Allister Hogg (Edinburgh Rugby)*
20 Rory Lawson (Gloucester)*
21 Rob Dewey (Edinburgh Rugby)
22 Rory Lamont (Glasgow Warriors)
* = Member of Scottish Institute of Sport
Referee: Marius Jonker (South Africa). Touch-judges: Alain Rolland (Ireland) and Federico Cuesta (Argentina). Television Match Official: Donal Courtney (Ireland)