Six Nations: Fly-half Duncan Weir believes Scotland can upset Ireland in Dublin

Last Updated: 31/01/14 2:44pm

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Duncan Weir: Confident Scotland can cause an upset in Dublin on Sunday

Duncan Weir: Confident Scotland can cause an upset in Dublin on Sunday

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Scotland's Duncan Weir insists he is not worried by what awaits his side when they open their Six Nations campaign against Ireland on Sunday.

The Irish came within a minute-and-a-half of a famous victory over New Zealand in their last match at the Aviva Stadium.

But fly-half Weir is confident the Dark Blues can record an opening-round win for the first time since 2006 and secure another victory over the same opponents they defeated 12-8 during last year's competition.

"I believe we can go and attack them. We showed that our defence is solid last year after having just 20 per cent of the possession and still grinding out a win."
Duncan Weir

"They nearly drove the world's best team off the pitch but it's a really good challenge for us to try to match a side capable of that," said the 22-year-old, who has now fully recovered from the broken leg which saw him miss the summer tour to South Africa.

"I believe we can go and attack them. We showed that our defence is solid last year after having just 20 per cent of the possession and still grinding out a win.

"The task is now for our attack to go there against a real physical defence that will look to hold us up with the choke tackle and succeed. I believe we are good enough to do the job."

Bit surprised

Weir has been chosen to start ahead of team-mate Ruaridh Jackson with his Glasgow colleague not even been selected in the matchday 23 despite kicking-off two of the country's three November Tests.

The 25-year-old was culpable for two of the four tries conceded in the 29-0 drubbing by South Africa at Murrayfield but Weir has backed his friend to put up a fight for the number 10 jersey ahead of England's visit to Edinburgh on February 8.

"It was a bit of a surprise to be picked ahead of Jacko," he said. "Even though I felt like I had put in some great performances for Glasgow lately and given the side a bit of spark, I didn't expect to get the nod to start the game on Sunday.

"Jacko is a good friend and we talk a lot about rugby, about our attacking shape and how we can punish teams.

"I know he will be disappointed but he's still been training well despite getting that bad news earlier this week, so I know he will be doing whatever he can to be back in the mix for the England match."

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