Scheepskipper Greig Laidlaw can not wait to release the double attack of Stuart Hogg and Finn Russell against Fiji on a sold out BT Murrayfield today.
All three were unavailable for last weekend's defeat to Wales in Cardiff, but head coach Gregor Townsend has not wasted any time recalling his start in XV.
Hogg has made a remarkable recovery from injury to take his place at full-back, while Laidlaw will join Russell in what is a formidable halfback combination.
Stuart Hogg has made a remarkable recovery from injury to make room for full-back
The Scots will rely on Laidlaw's steady hand to send the kind of deputy Russel and Hogg against a Fiji side, and not to be missed on the flairaf divide itself.
You do not want to keep Finn in check, but sometimes I give him a look and he understands it, & # 39; said the Clermont Auvergne scrum half. & # 39; Sometimes that is important in international rugby. You have to say, "When are we playing? When are we not playing?" Finn now gets more of that understanding. Leaving for the TOP14 (with Racing) helped him understand that.
He is a great talent and I look forward to playing alongside him, just like the other guys because he is very good at finding space and reading defenses. This is a good feature against a team like Fiji.
Greig Laidlaw will accompany Finn Russell in a formidable combination of half a back
It is up to Finn and myself to control the game and do our work. I am confident that we can do that. & # 39;
Laidlaw and Russell were both forced to sit out Saturday's game because it fell outside the recognized international window, with their French clubs not free to clear them.
Now they are both ready to go – and it is a huge boost, knowing that they have Hogg's world-class talents, including his increasing influence through his role as vice-captaincy.
& # 39; Hoggy is a real thinker & # 39 ;, Laidlaw continued. He has a lot of strong points with his speed and attack game, but leadership is something that Hoggy is matured in and he led the team during the summer.
& # 39; His development was brilliant and although he is still young, he has experience. Two Lions tours, Six Nations player of the tournament two years in a row. He has a great talent to have and is a very good non-commissioned officer. & # 39;
Coach Gregor Townsend wasted no time calling up the three main characters
Laidlaw has also paid tribute to Scotland's supporters for the sale of Murrayfield for today's meeting.
We know very well when the stadium is sold out so quickly and it has a positive effect on the players & # 39 ;, he continued.
& # 39; With respect in the world for the rugby team of Fiji, this game would not be sold out a few years ago. Sale shows the bond we have with the rugbypubliek.
& # 39; That expectation is there, and that's great. As I said, I remember a few years ago that the stadium was not sold out for games against parties like Fiji, but now.
& # 39; That is due to the expectation that is present for this team and because of the way the team has played.
It is important for us to perform and we have 100% confidence in each other and in the team that we can. Will it be easy? No, that's not it. We have to play 80 minutes and stick to our weapons.
& # 39; The fans come to see us play and expect us to win. It is a great feeling for a player to win that expectation. It is up to us to go and deliver now. & # 39;
Laidlaw last season held Scotland against France in the Six Nations 2017, where he picked up an ankle injury. In his absence, John Barclay and later Stuart McInally took over the captaincy.
With Barclay injured and McInally on the bench, the leading role against Fiji is given to the 33-year-old, who fights with Ali Price, George Horne, Henry Pyrgos and Sam Hidalgo-Clyne for the No 9 jersey.
"That competition is driving me in some way, but in another I have always supported myself as a player", said Laidlaw, who has his eye on leading his country to the 2019 World Cup.
& # 39; I have never kept the competition hidden. I like the fact that there is currently in the Scotland team.
Ultimately, when you walk to the locker room and your Scotland jersey hangs there, that's what I'm fighting for week after week because the feeling of playing for your country is hard to beat.
& # 39; I do not want to give up. & # 39;