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Scotland debut for Fife

13th March 2014 12:22

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Dougie Fife

Debut: Dougie Fife

Scott Johnson has confirmed his backline for Saturday's clash with Wales, handing a Test debut to Edinburgh winger Dougie Fife.

Fife, nurtured by the Boroughmuir and Currie clubs and the first former pupil of Firrhill High School in Edinburgh to play international rugby for Scotland, replaces Tommy Seymour who has not recovered sufficiently from the ankle injury he sustained against France last weekend.

On the other wing, Max Evans, who knows what it is to score a try at the Millennium Stadium, proved his fitness at training this morning and will win his 42nd cap.

On the bench, Jack Cuthbert will provide back three cover. It's Cuthbert's first involvement in a Scotland match-day 23 since the final game in the 2012 Championship.

Johnson is delighted to add Fife - Scotland's 1053rd cap - to join Chris Fusaro as a debutant during this campaign.

"We like Dougie's size and his competitive edge. He chases everything, which I like, and he has shown really good glimpses playing for Edinburgh this season," said Johnson.

"He's been ear-marked by us for a while - we've been following him for the last 12 months - and he's got his reward now. If he gets this one right, you might find that he puts a bit of pressure on (for a place) going forward, which is really good.

"I don't really think Saturday will faze Dougie. He's one of those players where it doesn't seem to matter who he marks he just goes out and plays the same."

"I'm absolutely delighted and can't wait. The Millennium Stadium with the roof closed - I don't think it could be much better to be honest," said Fife.

"When I got a run of games with Edinburgh and started doing fairly well I felt I could be on the brink(of a Scotland call) if I stuck in. Luckily I've been patient and my time has come."

Scotland: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Dougie Fife, 13 Alex Dunbar, 12 Matt Scott, 11 Max Evans, 10 Duncan Weir, 9 Greig Laidlaw, 8 Dave Denton, 7 Kelly Brown (c), 6 Ryan Wilson, 5 Jim Hamilton, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Geoff Cross, 2 Scott Lawson, 1 Ryan Grant
Replacements: 16 Ross Ford, 17 Al Dickinson, 18 Euan Murray, 19 Tim Swinson, 20 Al Strokosch, 21 Chris Cusiter, 22 Duncan Taylor, 23 Jack Cuthbert

Date: Saturday 15th March
Venue: Millenium Stadium
Referee: Jerome Garces (Fra)
Assistant referees: Chris Pollock (NZ), Greg Garner (Eng)
TMO: Graham Hughes (Eng)

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