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Duncan Weir
Weir will be hoping to inspire a second unlikely Scotland away win.

Wales face Scotland on the final weekend of the 2014 Six Nations championship

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Wales v Scotland kicks off at 2:45pm and is live on BBC One and BBC One HD on Saturday 15 March. Live commentary is on BBC Radio 5 Live or Sports Extra.


After his hopes of claiming a record third championship were scuppered by England last weekend, Wales coach Warren Gatland has rung the changes ahead of the visit of Scotland.

Six changes have been made in all, with Leigh Halfpenny and Adam Jones the greatest omissions, the former through a shoulder injury that keeps him out for the rest of the season.

In Scott Johnson's final game as head coach of Scotland before handing over to Vern Cotter, winger Dougie Fife will make his debut in the hope the Edinburgh flyer can inspire a first win over the Welsh for a decade.

After a last-gasp win in Rome over Italy, Scotland were denied at the death by France at Murrayfield last weekend in a display defined by errors.

Both sides are playing the role of bridesmaid on a final weekend where the title will be awarded elsewhere, however ahead of summer fixtures in the southern hemisphere both sets of players will be hoping to play themselves into the reckoning.

What the Coaches Say

Warren Gatland: "They are gaining a bit of confidence after being under the pump and winning against Italy, and doing reasonably well against France.

"They will have been disappointed at not winning that game. They have asked for the [Millennium] roof to be shut, which is good, and shows they are coming with an attitude to play rugby.

"There is a lot at stake for both teams, and we want to finish the campaign on a high and go into the summer with some confidence."

Scott Johnson: "At the moment, we are going to have quite a few of our team under duress, injury-wise, and not available for selection, Yes, we've missed some players, but it's given other people a chance.

"So can we go down there with a different group of players and compete? Yes. Will we? Yes. What I'm asking for is a bit more consistency. If we get the consistency, the scoreboard will look after itself."


Wales : 15-Stuart Hogg, 14-Dougie Fife, 13-Alex Dunbar, 12-Max Scott, 11-Max Evans, 10-Duncan Weir, 9-Greig Laidlaw;; 1-Ryan Grant, 2-Scott Lawson, 3-Geoff Cross, 4-Richie Gray, 5-Jim Hamilton, 6-Ryan Wilson, 7-Kelly Brown, 8-David Denton

Replacements: 16-Ross Ford, 17-Alasdair Dickinson, 18-Euan Murray, 19-Tim Swinson, 20-Alasdair Strokosch, 21-Chris Cusiter, 22-Duncan Taylor, 23-Jack Cuthbert.

Scotland : 15-Liam Williams, 14-Alex Cuthbert, 13-Jonathan Davies, 12-Jamie Roberts, 11-George North, 10-Dan Biggar, 9-Mike Phillips; 1-Gethin Jenkins, 2-Ken Owens, 3-Rhodri Jones, 4-Luke Charteris, 5-Alun Wyn Jones, 6-Dan Lydiate, 7-Sam Warburton, 8-Taulupe Faletau

Replacements: 16-Richard Hibbard, 17-Paul James, 18-Adam Jones, 19-Jake Ball, 20-Justin Tipuric, 21-Rhodri Williams, 22-Rhys Priestland, 23-James Hook

Title permutations:

Ireland: A points difference advantage of +81 means any win over France will probably be good enough to claim the title. England must beat Italy by more than 50 points to force Ireland to look nervously at the scoreboard.

England: Any win over Italy puts pressure on Ireland to beat France in Paris. A draw or defeat ends their Six Nations hopes while only a victory by a record points margin will force Ireland's hand.

France: Can win the title regardless of England's result in Rome but defeat for Stuart Lancaster's men means it is a straight shoots out for the title in Paris. France have suffered one home defeat in 47 years to the Irish but a win for England requires a heavy victory.