Six Nations:Geoff Cross, Sean Lamont to face Wales

Geoff Cross comes in for tight-head prop Euan Murray. Picture: John Devlin

Geoff Cross comes in for tight-head prop Euan Murray. Picture: John Devlin

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SEAN Lamont and Geoff Cross return to the Scotland team for the visit of Wales as head coach Vern Cotter makes two enforced changes for the second RBS 6 Nations tie.

Lamont will make his 92nd Scotland appearance after shaking off a calf injury and he replaces fellow Glasgow wing Tommy Seymour, who suffered a hip injury in the 15-8 defeat by France.

London Irish tight-head prop Cross comes in for Euan Murray, who does not play on Sundays because of his religious beliefs.

There is no place for Dougie Fife, who came off the bench to score Scotland’s only try in Paris.

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Edinburgh pair Greig Tonks and Matt Scott are named on the bench as reserve backs at the expense of Fife and Peter Horne.

Cotter said: “Last weekend’s performance, in terms of line-breaks and heart, was encouraging. We defended well and our lineout, scrum and defence stood up to a very stern French assessment.

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“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.”

There is no place for Dougie Fife, who came off the bench to score Scotland’s only try in Paris.

Edinburgh pair Greig Tonks and Matt Scott are named on the bench as reserve backs at the expense of Fife and Peter Horne.

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Cotter said: “Last weekend’s performance, in terms of line-breaks and heart, was encouraging. 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.”

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