Vern Cotter has named his squad for the massive Six Nations curtain-raiser on Saturday, when Scotland take on Ireland at Murrayfield.
Under Cotter, Scotland have become a genuine force within rugby once again, playing an attacking and expansive game that, when firing on all cylinders, is right up there with the best in the sport.
As the Kiwi plans his final Six Nations campaign before he leaves to take over at Top 14 side Montpellier in the summer, many will be looking at Scotland as a potential dark horse for a title run.
Having beaten France last year and also suffered two back-to-back cruel defeats to Australia due to some less than stellar refereeing decisions, Cotter has his charges coming into the 2017 edition of the championship with their tails up.
With the Ireland squad set to announced on Thursday lunchtime, Cotter has revealed his match day 23 for the highly anticipated clash.
— Scottish Rugby (@Scotlandteam) February 2, 2017
Stacked with established internationals and British and Irish Lions hopefuls, Scotland have put forth a side that is going to ask a lot of questions of any Ireland squad Joe Schmidt might announce.
The in-form Gray brothers hold down the second row, while Greig Laidlaw and Finn Russell occupy the half-back line, from where they will look to orchestrate Ireland’s demise.
Tommy Seymour, Sean Matland and Stuart Hogg make up a formidable back line that loves to run the ball.
With bonus points on offer this year for the first time, fans can expect a more attack-minded approach to games.
Scotland are set up for just that and should they steer clear of injury this test series, they have the potential to deliver numerous upsets.
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