Jason White has urged forward Scott Murray and Nathan Hines to justify their controversial selection in Scotland's team to play Ireland at Lansdowne Road on Saturday.
National coach Frank Hadden has chosen the experienced duo ahead of Alistair Kellock and Scott MacLeod, who performed heroically for Scotland in their famous victory over England 13 days ago.
Murray had missed that match while serving a three-week ban after being sent off in the defeat to Wales on February 12.
Hines was on the bench for the England game, having only just reversed his decision at the end of last season to retire from international rugby.
White, who will captain Scotland for the seventh time in Dublin, said: "It was a big call for Frank to drop the two guys who played very well against England.
"But Nathan and Scott are great rugby players and I'm sure you will see them put in a great performance on Saturday."
White hopes the experience these two forwards bring will help the forwards unleash their backs for the first time in this season's Six Nations.
The Scots' two thrilling victories over pre-tournament favourites France and World Cup holders England were built on some heroic defending, exceptional kicking and tireless rucking.
However, White believes his team are capable of more and thinks it is time to let the creative genius of players such as Sean Lamont, Chris Paterson and Marcus Di Rollo run free. He added: "We've got some great attackers in the team and on Saturday it would be great to see the backs making breaks and the centres and the wingers scoring tries."