Beattie to turn out for Scotland A
Glasgow Warriors forward Johnnie Beattie is among six members of Andy Robinson's RBS 6 Nations squad who will feature for Scotland A against Ireland Wolfhounds on Friday night.
Beattie, who returned from summer shoulder surgery this month, will start at number eight at Netherdale.
The 25-year-old has played once for Glasgow in the Magners League since his recovery, before Heineken Cup eligibility rules forced him to continue his comeback with two matches for Ayr in the British and Irish Cup.
Lock Scott MacLeod, captain Greig Laidlaw, hooker Dougie Hall are also in the team with Moray Low and Rob Harley on the bench, the latter having received nine stitches to a cut above the eye sustained during Glasgow's Heineken Cup win over Newport on Sunday.
Coach Nick Scrivener said: "There's a definite added incentive for our guys knowing they're being watched with the RBS 6 Nations Championship in mind, but, as we've been saying to them all week, their most important performance is their next one, and that's for Scotland A on Friday.
"Playing well individually and collectively, and winning this game, is everyone's sole focus."
Seven players who started the 25-0 victory over USA in November have retained their place, including two-try hero Lee Jones.
Former Wales rugby league international Hefin O'Hare will make his Scotland A debut at centre. The 31-year-old Glasgow player has represented Scotland sevens after qualifying through residency rules.
English-born Glasgow forward Ryan Wilson, 21, who qualifies through his Motherwell-born mother, will also make his debut while a third Warrior, Peter Murchie, could make his first appearance from the bench.