Blair positive on tough decisions ahead

Assistant Coach Mike Blair expects the Scotland team to better their autumn showing when challenging Wales at the Principality Stadium this Saturday (3 February, kick-off 2.15pm) – live on BBC.

He said: “You can’t stand still in international rugby. If you do you fall behind.

"There are things we have changed and look to change but we are confident in the ability of the players and their desire to work hard for the jersey.

“The NatWest 6 Nations is about momentum. If you get off to a good start then you can ride that wave and if you don’t start well you are battling straight into week two, so this really is a big game for us up first.”

Head Coach Gregor Townsend has some tough decisions with regards to team selections, especially who will be the starting scrum-half, which Blair - who won 85 caps in the role - believes is positive position for the team.

“It’s a great position to be in," added Blair.

"Greig managed 80 minutes yesterday [in ASM Clermont's one-point Top14 defeat to Montpellier] and came into training today bearing no ill effects.

"If you’ve been out injured for a long time, especially with a leg injury, you are concerned about fitness but I think Greig’s in great shape."

He added: “Ali [Price] had a fantastic autumn series for us.

"A lot of what was good about our game was the tempo he was able to bring. We also have Nathan [Fowles] and Henry [Pyrgos] who aren’t just here to make up the numbers and have been competitive in training. It’s a good situation to be in.”

It was also announced that Toulouse lock Richie Gray will miss the Wales game due to a calf injury.

Mike explained: “Richie wasn’t involved in the autumn or the summer tour so it is a situation we have been able to handle in the past.

"He is quality player and a guy we are really keen to see back in the environment to see how he fits in but he needs to get himself right and we look forward to seeing him when he’s ready."