Scotland coach Matt Williams took a huge gamble today by naming versatile Edinburgh layer Hugo Southwell at inside-centre for Saturday’s daunting RBS Six Nations Championship opener against France in the Stade de France.
The Australian has been hit by injuries and has made five changes – and two positional switches – from the side which got dismally swept aside by South Africa in the Autumn.
Southwell only has seven caps but he switches from full-back with experienced Edinburgh team-mate Chris Paterson reverting to full-back after his stint on the wing.
Williams said: “I made it clear that we had to work hard in that area and attack more and go forward with the ball in hand and I have moved Hugo there with that in mind.”
Ben Hinshelwood and Allan Jacobson are injured while star man Simon Taylor is close to a comeback after sustaining knee ligament damage in last season’s poor campaign.
Ally Hogg plays after recent knee trouble and Williams also named Leeds Tykes flanker Jon Dunbar, who was born in Germany, among the replacements.