TEAM NEWS LINE-UPS
Wales coach Warren Gatland says fly-half Dan Biggar has made a “miraculous recovery” from an ankle sprain to start Saturday’s game against Scotland.
Gareth Anscombe replaces Alex Cuthbert on the bench in the only change to the matchday squad.
Scotland centre Matt Scott injured a thigh muscle in training on Wednesday and has been replaced by Duncan Taylor of Saracens.
Veteran Sean Lamont takes Taylor’s place among the replacements.
Wales: Liam Williams; North, J Davies, Roberts, James; Biggar, G Davies; Evans, Baldwin, Lee; Charteris, Jones; Warburton (capt), Tipuric, Faletau.
Replacements: Owens, Jenkins, Francis, B Davies, Lydiate, Lloyd Williams, Priestland, Anscombe.
Scotland: Hogg; Maitland, Bennett, Taylor, Seymour; Russell, Laidlaw (capt); Dickinson, Ford, Nel; R Gray; J Gray; Barclay, Hardie, Denton.
Replacements: McInally, Reid, Fagerson, Swinson, Cowan, Hidalgo-Clyne, Weir, Lamont.
Andrew Cotter: “It’s understandable that there is a rather flat feeling around in Wales after the opening weekend. After all, they came in as Championship favourites with many people and then saw the ultimate dreams of a Triple Crown and Grand Slam drift away with the draw in Dublin.
“But the faithful followers of Gatland are reminding themselves that the title is still a very real possibility – there’s not much wrong that a bit more creative attack won’t solve. Which, of course, is pretty much Scotland’s problem as well.
“Both sides also have continuity with scarcely a change to the line-ups and, based on recent encounters between the two, tries will not be in short supply this time. An entertaining game under the roof is a real possibility.”
VIEW FROM BOTH CAMPS
Wales head coach Warren Gatland on Dan Biggar being passed fit: “He has made a miraculous recovery. The boys were joking and calling him Lazarus and stuff.
“He got through training on Thursday and looked sharp.
“I spoke to the medics, who thought that the injury was a three to five-week injury, but the scan came back clear and he has worked really hard in terms of his recovery.”
Scotland head coach Vern Cotter: “This group have worked exceptionally hard this week to improve their accuracy under pressure after a frustrating opening game against England.
“We created opportunities that could have been capitalised upon, and converted into points.
“As a team we know we can perform better and believe we’re capable of making improvements all over the park.
“We know that Wales in Cardiff will not be easy but our focus is on improving our attacking and defensive mindset.”
- Wales’ eight victories over Scotland is the longest winning streak in this fixture, surpassing the seven in a row they previously managed between 1908 and 1914.
- Scotland’s last victory against Wales was by a tryless 21-9 win at Murrayfield in 2007 and they have not triumphed in Cardiff since 2002.
- Wales are without a win in their past three Tests. They have not lost four in a row since 2012-13.
- However, they have won their past three matches at the Principality Stadium. The last time they won four in a row at home was in 2012.
- Scotland have lost their past eight Six Nations matches, their worst run in the Championship since they lost 15 in a row between 1951 and 1955.
- Defeat by England means they have lost their opening Six Nations match for 10 successive seasons.
Referee: George Clancy (IRFU)
Touch judges: John Lacey (IRFU) Federico Anselmi (UAR)
TMO: Graham Hughes (RFU)