Scots brace for Island assault

Scotland have made five changes to their side for their Test against the Pacific Islands at Murrayfield on Saturday.

They trounced Romania 48-6 at the weekend and will be looking to build on that victory.

Captain Jason White will miss the match with a knee injury and will be replaced by Simon Taylor who has recently recovered from a long-term knee injury.

Chris Cusiter, Dan Parks and Andrew Henderson will play at 9,10,and 12 respectively.

There’s rotation on the wood as well, where hooker Ross Ford and Alastair Kellock come into the match-day 22.

“It’s obviously a blow to lose Jason but to be able to call upon Simon means that we have proven quality and experience in our back row,” coach Frank Hadden told BBC Sport.

“I know Simon well and I also trust the guidance of our medical team headed by Dr James Robson. I would never gamble on a player’s fitness.”

The Pacific Islanders tested Wales defensively in Cardiff last Saturday and Hadden expects them to pose a stern challenge to his team, who have scored 114 points in their last two appearances at Murrayfield

“Wales had to play out of their skins to beat the Pacific Islanders last weekend. I think both sides are well set to produce an absolute cracker on Saturday.”

Scotland: 15 Hugo Southwell, 14 Simon Webster, 13 Marcus Di Rollo, 12 Andrew Henderson, 11 Sean Lamont, 10 Dan Parks, 9 Chris Cusiter, 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 Ross Ford, 17 Allan Jacobsen, 18 Alastair Kellock, 19 Dave Callam, 20 Mike Blair, 21 Phil Godman, 22 Hugo Southwell.