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Last Updated:  Wednesday, 26 February, 2003, 20:28 GMT
Wales XV to face Scotland
Mark Taylor
Taylor retains his place after blowing a try against England.
Steve Hansen has picked the side to face Scotland.

See the team below and tell us if you think he has made the right decisions.

Wales team to face Scotland

Full-back - Kevin Morgan (Swansea)
His superb run around Ben Cohen in the England game will only have affirmed Hansen' faith in the Swansea man's world-class abilities.

Right wing - Rhys Williams (Cardiff)
Mark Jones was back in contention for a place, but Williams' leg injury has healed so he starts against Scotland.

Outside centre - Mark Taylor (Swansea)
It is unfortunate for the Swansea man that all that is remembered of his performance against England was 'the try that never was'. That one glaring mistake apart, Taylor had a strong game and his break to create the opportunity was vintage.

Inside centre - Tom Shanklin (Saracens)
Stephen Jones
Jones gets an immediate recall to the side.
Injured against England, but is fit to play at Murrayfield. The Saracen man's power and pace have stood out in the opening two games.

Left wing - Gareth Thomas (Bridgend)
The Bridgend maverick has become one of Wales' most reliable performers.

Fly-half - Stephen Jones (Llanelli)
Hansen sees him as so vital to the Wales cause that he has catapulted him straight back into the side. Harsh on Ceri Sweeney and Iestyn Harris, who have done little wrong in their time at 10.

Scrum-half - Gareth Cooper (Bath)
Brought a more mature edge to scrum-half play against England and holds onto his place.

Loosehead prop - Iestyn Thomas (Llanelli)
Renowned as the man in the Wales pack who does the hard, unseen work, gets his starting place.

Hooker - Gareth Williams (Bridgend)
A shoulder injury means Jonathan Humphreys drops out and so Hansen has opted for Williams. The youngster made an immediate impact as a replacement against England.

Gavin Thomas
Thomas keeps Charvis out of the team.
Tighthead prop - Ben Evans (Swansea)
An improved performance against England, Evans keeps his place because Martyn Madden is injured.

Lock - Steve Williams (Northampton)
Remains under pressure from Gareth Llewellyn, but the well-travelled Northampton lock gets the nod.

Lock - Robert Sidoli (Pontypridd)
A stunning, man-of-the-match performance against England as the Pontypridd lock confirmed the promise he showed in the autumn internationals. Needs another big performance against the feared Scotland line out.

Blindside flanker - Dafydd Jones (Llanelli)
Eager and aggressive against England, the young Llanelli flanker has a big future.

Number eight - Gavin Thomas (Bath)
Gavin Thomas had a committed 40 minutes against England. Keeps Charvis out of the team, but will need to improve his control at the back of the scrum.

Openside flanker - Martyn Williams (Cardiff, captain)
The first name on the team sheet and the ideal player to lead by example - Hansen has given him the captains armband..

Reps: M Davies (Pontypridd), G Jenkins (Pontypridd), G Llewellyn (Neath), C Charvis (Swansea), D Peel (Llanelli), I Harris (Cardiff), M Watkins, (Llanelli).




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