Hadden strives for progress

Scotland coach Frank Hadden has included two young debutants in his starting side to face Romania at Murrayfield.

Glasgow Warriors No 8 Johnnie Beattie (20) and Edinburgh centre Rob Dewey (23) will run out for their first caps on Saturday. Phil Godman and Euan Murray will also get their first Test starts in the positions of flyhalf and tighthead prop respectively, but have already played for their country off the bench.

“There were a number of players I was particularly keen to see playing at this level – Godman, Dewey, Beattie, Euan Murray and Hamilton, and on that basis, I’ve looked at the balance of the rest of the side and how best these players can be accommodated,” he explained.

“That said, what this match is about is building on the progress we made last season [in the Six Nations] and fielding a winning Scotland team. I’m not sacrificing our goal of winning a fourth successive game at Murrayfield for the first time in 11 years simply to introduce new players.”

“I know we have very good players in their positions and I expect Rob and Johnnie to rise to that. If they want to see themselves as contenders for the Scotland team they have to show me that desire on Saturday.”

The Scotland coach has gone with a forward-heavy bench, with only Chris Cuister and Chris Paterso offering relief to the backline.

Scotland: 15 Hugo Southwell, 14 Simon Webster, 13 Marcus Di Rollo, 12 Rob Dewey, 11 Sean Lamont, 10 Phil Godman, 9 Mike Blair, 8 Johnnie Beattie, 7 Kelly Brown, 6 Jason White (c), 5 Scott Murray, 4 Nathan Hines, 3 Euan Murray, 2 Dougie Hall, 1 Gavin Kerr.
Replacements: 16 Scott Lawson, 17 Allan Jacobsen, 18 Craig Smith, 19 James Hamilton, 20 David Callam, 21 Chris Cusiter, 22 Chris Paterso.