Huw Jones has been picked to play in the Six Nations against Ireland
Jones scored two tries against Australia on his Murrayfield debut in November but was injured a week later when setting up a score for Sean Maitland against Argentina.
He has now shaken off the foot problem and will resume midfield duties alongside Alex Dunbar, while Glasgow hooker Fraser Brown has been given the nod over 103-cap Ross Ford.
Scotland assistant coach Jason O’Halloran said: Huw has brought us pace, great footwork, he can grubber kick and distribute either way. He’s got one of the most rounded skill sets I’ve seen.”
And Cotter reckons he has all the ingredients he needs to upset one of the pre-tournament favourites.
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He’s got one of the most rounded skill sets I’ve seen
“It’s a team that had a bit of time together in the autumn,” he said. “The midfield pairing did well for us, the back three have been playing well.
“Fraser is very good defensively around ruck time. Ireland go to one-pass or two-pass plays and we need to be robust around that area. He also carries well, as does Josh [Strauss]. He has really kicked on since November.
“The Gray brothers and the loose forwards give us a mixture of defending their lineouts and carrying the ball forward, putting a bit of speed into the game, especially around the ruck.”
Jason O'Halloran is a fan of Huw Jones
It is 11 years since Scotland opened a Six Nations campaign with a win, and Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has named a strong pick in a bid to extend that run.
Flanker Sean O’Brien has recovered from a calf injury to join Jamie Heaslip and CJ Stander in the same back row that started Ireland’s bruising loss to New Zealand in Dublin last November.
Paddy Jackson take the injured Jonny Sexton’s place at fly-half while Schmidt has opted for the exciting young Leinster combination of Robbie Henshaw and Garry Ringrose in midfield.
Scotland: Hogg; Maitland, Jones, Dunbar, Seymour; Russell, Laidlaw (capt); Dell, Brown, Fagerson, R Gray, J Gray, Wilson, Watson, Strauss. Replacements: Ford, Reid, Berghan, Swinson, Barclay, Price, Weir, Bennett.
Ireland: Kearney; Earls, Ringrose, Henshaw, Zebo; Jackson, Murray; McGrath, Best (capt), Furlong, Toner, Henderson, Stander, O’Brien, Heaslip. Replacements: Scannell, Healy, Ryan, Dillane, Van der Flier, Marmion, Keatley, Bowe