Six Nations Championship 2014
The 2014 Six Nations Championship was the 15th staging of the annual European competition between England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. It began on 1 February and concluded on 15 March 2014, when Ireland were crowned champions.
Scotland drop captain Kelly Brown
Scotland dropped captain Kelly Brown in one of three changes to their side for the Six Nations match against England at Murrayfield on Saturday.
Head coach Scott Johnson opted to give Chris Fusaro his first cap at openside flanker in place of Brown following last Sunday’s 28-6 loss to Ireland in Dublin.
“I’m absolutely delighted. Being the Calcutta Cup, there’s no better game to get your first cap. I’m still pinching myself a bit,” Fusaro told the Scottish Rugby Football Union’s website.
Johnson said the 24-year-old Fusaro was picked to play a certain role.
“England are powerful. They have an edge to their side and are assertive and aggressive,” Johnson said. “They will probably consider themselves unlucky last weekend but it’s not always brute force that wins these games.”
England had victory snatched from their grasp in the dying minutes in Paris last weekend, losing 26-24 to France.
Scrum half Greig Laidlaw will captain Scotland for the fourth time while the two other changes involve Tommy Seymour coming in for the injured Sean Maitland on the right wing and Matt Scott taking Duncan Taylor’s place at centre.
Taylor is one of three changes on the bench with hooker Scott Lawson preferred to Pat MacArthur and lock Jonny Grey winning the nod from brother Richie.