Welsh To Trouble Wales?

Written by on February 2, 2018

Jon Welsh will be “worth his weight in gold” to Scotland in the Six Nations if he cures their “Achilles heel” – the scrum – believes club-mate Ally Hogg.

The Newcastle prop earns his first cap since 2015 at tight-head in Saturday’s opener in Cardiff.

Back-row Hogg, 35, won 48 Scotland caps between 2004 and 2009, and packs down with Welsh domestically for Falcons.

“In international rugby, it doesn’t matter how fancy you are,” Hogg told ROCK SPORT.

“If you don’t get your set-piece right, you’ll be struggling. No matter how much attacking and off-loading you can do, teams will wear you down.

“Jon’s got a big role there to play. If he can hold them strong and get that scrum dominance, he’ll be worth his weight in gold.”

Head coach Gregor Townsend is without nine front-row players through injury and suspension, with Welsh, 31, recalled alongside 36-year-old Falcons team-mate Scott Lawson, whose last Test came in November 2014.

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