Lamont and Cross in for Scotland

Date published: February 13 2015

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Scotland have made just two enforced changes for this week's Six Nations clash with Wales giving starts to Geoff Cross and Sean Lamont.

Lamont comes in for Tommy Seymour who came off early in last week's defeat to France.

Seymour is not fit to take his place, so Lamont comes into the starting line-up, while Cross comes in for Euan Murray, who does not play on Sundays on religious grounds.

There is good news however with both Alex Dunbar and Mark Bennett fit to start having initially been doubts for the game.

With Lamont and Cross coming into the starting lineup, their places on the bench are taken by Matt Scott and Jon Welsh. Greig Tonks also comes in to replace Peter Horne.

"Last weekend’s performance, in terms of line-breaks and heart, was encouraging," said coach Vern Cotter. 

"We defended well and our lineout, scrum and defence stood up to a very stern French assessment.

"I’m pleased we were in a situation to contest the match throughout, but we left the paddock very frustrated and disappointed that we didn’t get more from the game – and I think that’s a good measure of this squad.

"There’s a huge amount of determination in this group to improve, with the challenge now to go one step further and deliver a winning performance for our home fans at a full BT Murrayfield."

Scotland: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Sean Lamont, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Alex Dunbar, 11 Tim Visser, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Greig Laidlaw, 8 Johnnie Beattie, 7 Blair Cowan, 6 Rob Harley, 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Geoff Cross, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Alasdair Dickinson
Replacements: 16 Fraser Brown, 17 Gordon Reid, 18 Jon Welsh, 19 Jim Hamilton, 20 Alasdair Strokosch, 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22 Greig Tonks, 23 Matt Scott

Date: Sunday, February 15
Venue: Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT
Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant Referees: George Clancy, Dudley Phillips
TMO: Simon McDowell

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