Six Nations: Wales v Scotland

Assessing Scotland's Six Nations chances and that vitally important opening game against Wales, Logan added: "I'm very positive".

Flankers Josh Navidi and Aaron Shingler were enormous, justifying the decision to select Lion Justin Tipuric as a replacement, and the tight five did the dirty work but also threw in some cute touches.

Adams will be joined in the back three by school friend Steffan Evans and British & Irish Lions full-back Leigh Halfpenny, while Hadleigh Parkes and Scott Williams link up in midfield. However, after a couple of offloads in the tackle nearly put through Alun Wyn Jones, his final pass to Steff Evans was knocked on and the chance was lost.

With Scotland missing up to six front five players through injury, hooker Owens insists Wales will attempt to gain the upper hand in the scrum. "It's going to be a different challenge definitely but it's one that we are looking forward to".

"Rugby's not played on paper is it so it doesn't really matter who people say are the favourites", he said.

"We went to Murrayfield past year with a view of being dominant, which we were for large parts of the game, but a couple of scrums went down, we brought the referee into it, and then some 50-50 calls went against us".

However, Wales turned the ball over and soon after, Gareth Davies picked off a Ali Price pass to run the length of the pitch to score the first try of the game.

Playing in the Principality Stadium - Barclay scored in the infamous 2010 game but doesn't remember much other than "all the injuries and the insane last ten minutes" - will inspire the Welsh but also the Scots, the skipper added.

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"Guys like like Samson (Lee) are coming back in, Aaron Shingler has just got back into the team after years of being overlooked".

Townsend has potentially taken a gamble by selecting one-cap Newcastle Falcons centre Chris Harris at centre alongside Huw Jones.

Scotland's last win in Cardiff was a 27-22 victory in April 2002, when Gregor Townsend started at fly-half.

Ali Price and Finn Russell form a unsafe half back partnership.

Back-rower Jade Konkel begins at prop, while Captain Lisa Martin comes back to inside focus, in the wake of including at scrum-half in Scotland's last match.

"The best ball you can play off is forcing turnovers and if the opposition are going to play more, that means there are more opportunities for us to get turnovers".

But the flanker is not sure his intel will be too much use to the visitors given the Scarlets' flair players will be expected to toe a much more disciplined line when they swap the red of their club for that of Gatland's side.

  • Rita Burton