Chris Paterson will become the first Scot to reach the landmark of 100 caps for his country after he was named today in the Scotland team to play Wales in the RBS 6 Nations Championship in Cardiff on Saturday.
The team shows three changes in personnel from that defeated by France at the weekend. Euan Murray, who missed Sunday's match because of his religious faith, returns at tight-head prop for Moray Low; Dan Parks is preferred to Phil Godman at stand-off; and Rory Lamont is back from injury and will line-up on the left wing.
This necessitates a positional switch with Sean Lamont moving to outside centre in place of Max Evans.
Scotland head coach Andy Robinson congratulated Paterson. He said: "He has been a fantastic ambassador for the team and it's a tremendous honour for him to win his 100th cap. It's well-deserved and I'm looking forward to seeing him perform at the weekend."
Robinson added: "I'm pleased to welcome Dan back. He comes in after playing consistently well for Glasgow."
Scotland team (sponsor Murray) to play Wales in the RBS 6 Nations Championship at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff on Saturday 13 February, kick-off 2pm
15 Chris Paterson (Edinburgh) 14 Thom Evans (Glasgow Warriors) 13 Sean Lamont (Scarlets) 12 Graeme Morrison (Glasgow Warriors) 11 Rory Lamont (Toulon) 10 Dan Parks (Glasgow Warriors) 9 Chris Cusiter (Glasgow Warriors) CAPTAIN 1 Alasdair Dickinson (Gloucester) 2 Ross Ford (Edinburgh) 3 Euan Murray (Northampton Saints) 4 Nathan Hines (Leinster) 5 Alastair Kellock (Glasgow Warriors) 6 Kelly Brown (Glasgow Warriors) 7 John Barclay (Glasgow Warriors) 8 Johnnie Beattie (Glasgow Warriors)
16 Scott Lawson (Gloucester) 17 Allan Jacobsen (Edinburgh) 18 Richie Gray (Glasgow Warriors) 19 Alan MacDonald (Edinburgh) 20 Mike Blair (Edinburgh) 21 Phil Godman (Edinburgh) 22 Max Evans (Glasgow Warriors)
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.