Newcastle Falcons hooker Scott Lawson has been named in the starting line-up for this Saturday’s Six Nations clash with Wales at the Millennium Stadium.
The 32-year-old has been in good form for both club and country of late, and will be hoping to round-off Scotland’s Six Nations campaign on a high following last weekend’s 19-17 defeat to France at Murrayfield.
“They [Wales] will be hurting from their loss and they are now out of the championship, so it is two sides that are hurting and wanting to put on a good performance and we're looking forward to it,” said Scotland head coach Scott Johnson.
He added: “At the moment, we are going to have quite a few of our team under duress, injury-wise, and not available for selection.
“Yes, we've missed some players, but it's given other people a chance. So can we go down there with a different group of players and compete? Yes. Will we? Yes.
“What I'm asking for is a bit more consistency. If we get the consistency, the scoreboard will look after itself.”
Scotland: S Hogg (Glasgow Warriors); D Fife (Edinburgh), A Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors), M Scott (Edinburgh), M Evans (Castres); D Weir (Glasgow Warriors); G Laidlaw (Edinburgh); R Grant (Glasgow Warriors), S Lawson (Newcastle), G Cross (Edinburgh), R Gray (Castres), J Hamilton (Montpellier), R Wilson (Glasgow Warriors), K Brown (Saracens, capt), D Denton (Edinburgh)
Replacements: R Ford (Edinburgh), A Dickinson (Edinburgh), E Murray (Worcester), T Swinson (Warriors), A Strokosch (Perpignan), C Cusiter (Glasgow Warriors), D Taylor (Saracens), J Cuthbert (Edinburgh)