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Two changes for Scotland

Scotland have made two enforced changes for Sunday's RBS 6 Nations clash with Wales in Cardiff, with Greig Laidlaw set to make his first Test start.

Laidlaw has been handed the opportunity to impress at fly-half, where he is poised to win his fourth cap in place of Dan Parks, who announced his retirement from international rugby with immediate effect on Tuesday following a poor display in last Saturday's 13-6 loss to England at Murrayfield.

Edinburgh prop Geoff Cross has been recalled in place of Newcastle tighthead Euan Murray, who does not play on Sundays for religious reasons, in the only other change to the starting XV.

Uncapped Glasgow Warriors trio Ed Kalman, Duncan Weir and Stuart Hogg have been named on the replacements' bench.

Scotland head coach Andy Robinson has retained Chris Cusiter at scrum-half, with Mike Blair on the bench, opting against an all-Edinburgh combination of Blair and Laidlaw at half-back.

Cross is the only change in the pack, coming into an all-Edinburgh front row of hooker and captain Ross Ford and loosehead Allan Jacobsen, with Kalman taking his place on the bench.

Richie Gray and Jim Hamilton have been named at second row, with Alasdair Strokosch, Ross Rennie and David Denton in the back row.

Outside Cusiter and Laidlaw are Sean Lamont and Nick De Luca at centre, Max Evans and Lee Jones on the wings and Rory Lamont at full-back.

Scotland team to play Wales in the RBS 6 Nations match at the Millennium Stadium Cardiff on Sunday, February 12 (kick-off 1500): R Lamont (Glasgow Warriors); L Jones (Edinburgh), N De Luca (Edinburgh), S Lamont (Scarlets), M Evans (Castres); G Laidlaw (Edinburgh), C Cusiter (Glasgow Warriors); A Jacobsen (Edinburgh), R Ford (capt, Edinburgh), G Cross (Edinburgh), R Gray (Glasgow Warriors), J Hamilton (Gloucester), A Strokosch (Gloucester), R Rennie (Edinburgh), D Denton (Edinburgh).

Replacements: S Lawson (Gloucester), E Kalman (Glasgow Warriors), A Kellock (Glasgow Warriors), J Barclay (Glasgow Warriors), M Blair (Edinburgh), D Weir (Glasgow Warriors), S Hogg (Glasgow Warriors).


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