Scotland drop captain Brown for England
February 6, 2014
Kelly Brown will miss Saturday's game against England © PA Photos
Scotland captain Kelly Brown has been dropped for Saturday's Calcutta Cup clash against England.
Scott Johnson has sprung a huge surprise starting debutant Chris Fusaro ahead of Brown saying he prefers a 'ground-feeder' for Saturday's game. Greig Laidlaw takes on the captaincy from Brown.
"Fusaro is picked to do a certain role and we believe there's an opportunity for him to do it," Johnson said. "England are powerful, they have an edge to their side and are assertive and aggressive. They will probably consider themselves unlucky last weekend but it's not always brute force that wins these games."
Scotland have made two further changes with Tommy Seymour replacing the injured Sean Maitland on the flank and Matt Scott preferred to Duncan Taylor at inside centre. On the bench, Scott Lawson gets the nod ahead of Pat MacArthur while Jonny Gray is preferred to brother Richie.
"I spoke to Tommy [Seymour] in the summer that he needed a point of difference," Johnson explained. "One of the things that comes to mind is his aerial skills. He possesses natural aerial skills from his time in Ireland. Every time he has gone up in class his skills have transcended.
"We are all looking forward hugely to Saturday's match. You want the rivalry that exists. It's intense and great to be part of."
Stuart Hogg, Tommy Seymour, Alex Dunbar, Matt Scott, Sean Lamont, Duncan Weir, Greig Laidlaw (captain), Ryan Grant, Ross Ford, Moray Low, Tim Swinson, Jim Hamilton, Ryan Wilson, Chris Fusaro, David Denton
Replacements: Scott Lawson, Alasdair Dickinson, Geoff Cross, Jonny Gray, Johnnie Beattie, Chris Cusiter, Duncan Taylor, Max Evans
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