Wing Sean Lamont knows he may have "hacked off" Dougie Fife after pinching his Scotland slot - but insists there will be no fall out with his team-mate.
The veteran Glasgow back has replaced injured Warriors colleague Tommy Seymour for this weekend's crucial RBS 6 Nations clash with Wales at BT Murrayfield.
Edinburgh's FIfe had been the man in the driving seat to start on Sunday after he came on to score the Dark Blues' lone touchdown in Paris as they lost their championship opener 15-8 to France.
However, head coach Vern Cotter has decided 34-year-old Lamont's experience and defensive strength will be needed to combat Warren Gatland's side in Edinburgh.
Lamont - who wins his 92nd cap against - said: "I can totally understand why Dougie might be frustrated that he's been left out. He got his chance last week and took it well.
"But it's the coach's decision and unfortunately for Dougie he misses out. I'm just hoping to do as well as I can.
"I've spoken to him since the team was named. All the boys understand when things like this happen. If it affects you too much then you are in the wrong sport.
"When a player is replaced by someone else, they understand it is not the decision of the guy who has taken their place. It's the coach's.
"Yeah Dougie might be hacked off but he understands and knows this is just part and parcel of rugby."
While Fife was clinical with his try on the stroke of half-time in the Stade de France, he handed away three points back to Les Bleus when he conceded a penalty for petulantly throwing the ball away.
Cotter insists he has not held that moment of rashness against the 24-year-old and insists he can have a bright future, despite leaving him out of his match-day 23 altogether.
"It's tough for Dougie," the New Zealander admitted. "He's trained really well and is very keen. He certainly didn't do his chances for the future any harm with what he did in Paris.
"Dougie gives us great energy and he will be a fine player, He will use this time not being selected to work on his skill set to become a genuine and constant threat.
"But we have gone for an experienced guy who has been about a bit. We want to see our wingers work a lot off the ball so Sean has got the nudge."
Lamont's recall is not the only change, with London Irish tight-head prop Geoff Cross replacing Euan Murray, who does not play on Sundays because of his religious beliefs.
Edinburgh pair Greig Tonks and Matt Scott are named on the bench as reserve backs at the expense of Fife and Peter Horne.
The Welsh have also been forced into a late change, with tighthead prop Aaron Jarvis coming in for the injured Samson Lee.
Gatland's side struggled to cope with England at the set-piece last week as they went down 21-16 in Cardiff and Cotter hopes to take advantage again in Edinburgh.
He said: "They're obviously going to have to adapt to that and we'll be looking at their scrum to see if we can get the same result that England got against them by applying pressure."
The absence of George North following his double head knock in the Millennium Stadium has been painted as another reason for Scottish optimism following seven straight defeats to their neighbours from the Principality, but Lamont insists he is happy to take on whoever Wales select.
"I quite enjoy playing against George. I know him from my time with Scarlets - he's a really nice lad," said Lamont.
"He and Liam Williams, who starts instead, are both highly talented individuals - but as for George, I've played against bigger, I've played against faster. I've played a few games of rugby now and it doesn't worry me.
"Liam is quick and while people think he is slight, he punches well above his weight. But I don't mind who I face."
Sunday's game will be the fist meeting of the nations since the Dragons scorched Scotland 51-3 in last year's seven-try drubbing.
Cotter added: "We have got a humble group of players who are very proud to pull on that Dark Blue jersey.
"If those memories from last year keeps them focused and concentrated on Sunday's game and gives them added determination then that's fine. But we are certainly not motivated by revenge. That's not something we do."
The Rugby Football Union plans to recruit former England internationals to pioneer a study into the long-term effects of playing rugby as statistics yesterday revealed that the number of concussions suffered by Premiership players increased by 59 per cent last season.