Scotland v New Zealand
Scotland unchanged for Kiwi clash
ESPN Staff
November 13, 2014
Man of the match against Argentina Greig Laidlaw leads Scotland once again © Getty Images

Scotland have named an unchanged team to face the All Blacks at Murrayfield on Saturday. Vern Cotter has kept faith in the XV that beat Argentina 41-31 in his first home game in charge. It was the first time they've scored five tries against tier one opposition since 1999.

In the absence of regular skipper Grant Gilchrist, Greig Laidlaw continues as captain on the back of his man of the match performance against the Pumas. He's joined in the backline by six Glasow players - last week's try-scoring back three of Stuart Hogg, Sean Maitland and Tommy Seymour, as well as centres Alex Dunbar and Mark Bennett, who wins his second cap, and fly-half Fin Russell.

In the pack, Alastair Dickinson, Ross Ford and Euan Murray continue in the front row, while the Gray brothers, Richie and Jonny, are in the second row. Back rows Rob Harley, Blair Cowan and Adam Ashe complete the XV.

Despite the unchanged starting XV, Cotter has made four changes to his bench. Johnnie Beattie returns in place of Alastair Strokosch, Fraser Brown and Tim Swinson replace Scott Lawson and Jim Hamilton, who was sin-binned four minutes after coming on against Argentina. Former captain Chris Cusiter replaces the injured Henry Pyrgos.

"I really enjoyed watching the players play for each other against Argentina," said Cotter. "They picked themselves up time and time again, and encouraged each other to keep on working for our collective cause. It was fantastic to see, as was our ability to get over the line and score tries, all of which contributed to a strong case for reselection.

"In saying that, the All Blacks are the world's best at exposing errors so we'll also have to be absolutely clinical in both our decision making and execution if we are to go one better than the 1983 team that drew with New Zealand here at BT Murrayfield."

Kiwi Cotter has named two New Zealand-born players in his side, Sean Maitland and Blair Cowan. Skipper Laidlaw earlier in the week called on his side to become the first Scottish team in history to defeat the All Blacks.

The All Blacks have made 13 changes for the clash, including naming fly-half Colin Slade on the wing, hooker James Parsons for a debut and recalling Dan Carter at No10.


Stuart Hogg; Sean Maitland, Mark Bennett, Alex Dunbar, Tommy Seymour; Finn Russell, Greig Laidlaw (capt); Alastair Dickinson, Ross Ford, Euan Murray; Richie Gray, Jonny Gray; Rob Harley, Blair Cowan, Adam Ashe.

Replacements: Fraser Brown, Gordon Reid, Geoff Cross, Tim Swinson, Johnnie Beattie; Chris Cusiter, Duncan Weir, Sean Lamont.

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