Cotter rotates squad for USA match

Date published: September 25 2015

All eight players who started on the bench during Scotland's Pool B win against Japan on Wednesday, have been promoted to the starting XV ahead of the fixture against the United States on Sunday.

In addition, Tim Visser, Alasdair Strokosch, Tim Swinson and Duncan Wier will also be included in the matchday squad for the trip to Elland Road in Leeds. Visser and Strokosch will start, while Swinson and Wier will come on off the bench.

Head coach Vern Cotter said the significant changes merely reinforced his message that the entire Scotland squad would have a role to play in this tournament.

What the changes also mean is that there will be a change in leadership ahead of the United States fixture. Scrum-half Henry Pyrgos will assume the captaincy this weekend. He has 16 caps for Scotland and has scored 20 points at international level.

Scotland:15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Peter Horne, 11 Tim Visser, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Henry Pyrgos, 8 Josh Strauss, 7 John Hardie, 6 Alasdair Strokosch, 5 Grant Gilchrist, 4 Richie Gray,3 Jon Welsh , 2 Fraser Brown, 1 Ryan Grant 
Replacements:16 Ross Ford,17 Alasdair Dickinson, 18 Willem Nel, 19 Tim Swinson,20 Ryan Wilson,21 Greig Laidlaw, 22 Duncan Weir,23 Matt Scott  

Venue: Elland Road, Leeds
Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: John Lacey (Ireland), Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
Television match official: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)