Scotland hand debut to Dougie Fife
March 13, 2014
Dougie Fife will make his Scotland debut © PA Photos
Scott Johnson has confirmed the Scotland back line for Saturday's game against Wales with Dougie Fife handed his debut.
Johnson has changed two in the back five with Max Evans replacing the injured Sean Lamont and Fife starting in place of Tommy Seymour. Greig Laidlaw and Duncan Weir continue at half-back.
Scotland named their starting pack earlier this week with the only change seeing Ryan Wilson restored to the back-row for the injured Johnnie Beattie.
"We like Dougie's size and his competitive edge," Johnson said. "He chases everything, which I like, and he has shown really good glimpses playing for Edinburgh this season.
"He's been ear-marked by us for a while - we've been following him for the last 12 months - and he's got his reward now. If he gets this one right, you might find that he puts a bit of pressure on [for a place] going forward, which is really good.
"I don't really think Saturday will faze Dougie. He's one of those players where it doesn't seem to matter who he marks he just goes out and plays the same."
Fife added: "I'm absolutely delighted and can't wait. The Millennium Stadium with the roof closed - I don't think it could be much better to be honest. When I got a run of games with Edinburgh and started doing fairly well I felt I could be on the brink [of a Scotland call] if I stuck in. Luckily I've been patient and my time has come."
Stuart Hogg, Dougie Fife, Alex Dunbar, Matt Scott, Max Evans, Duncan Weir, Greig Laidlaw; Ryan Grant, Scott Lawson, Geoff Cross, Richie Gray, Jim Hamilton, Ryan Wilson, Kelly Brown (captain), David Denton
Replacements: Ross Ford, Alasdair Dickinson, Euan Murray, Tim Swinson, Alasdair Strokosch, Chris Cusiter, Duncan Taylor, Jack Cuthbert
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