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RugbyU: Scotland start Weir against Wales

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Glasgow fly-half Duncan Weir is set to make his first Scotland start after being selected to face Wales in the Six Nations at Murrayfield on Saturday by Australian interim coach Scott Johnson.

Weir, whose three previous caps all came as a replacement, impressed after coming off the bench in Scotland's hard-fought 12-8 win over Ireland last month -- a win that gave the Scots their first back-to-back Six Nations successes in 12 years.

Now he replaces club-mate Ruaridh Jackson, with the return of prop forward Euan Murray -- who missed the Ireland match because he refuses to play on Sundays due to his Christian beliefs -- the only other change to Scotland's starting line-up.

"It's a moment I'll cherish and hopefully I can do the coaches justice for giving me the start," Weir said Tuesday in a Scottish Rugby Union statement.

Scotland are level on points with second-placed Wales, who were due to name their side later Tuesday.

Scotland (15-1)

Stuart Hogg; Sean Maitland, Sean Lamont, Matt Scott, Tim Visser; Duncan Weir, Greig Laidlaw; Johnnie Beattie, Kelly Brown (capt), Robert Harley; Jim Hamilton, Richie Gray; Euan Murray, Ross Ford, Ryan Grant

Replacements: Dougie Hall, Moray Low, Geoff Cross, Alastair Kellock, Ryan Wilson, Henry Pyrgos, Ruaridh Jackson, Max Evans

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