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Scottish Head Coach Gregor Townsend has made 4 changes to the side that narrowly lost to the All Blacks for this Saturday’s match against Australia.

The most eye catching is Sean Maitland, who replaces Lee Jones (who has dropped out of the squad altogether) and is just back from injury. The Saracen breaks the all-Glasgow monopoly in the backs, but will know the players well from his time with Warriors.

Wilson will be glad to be back after CdP failed to take his chance

Ben Toolis and Cornell du Preez drop to the bench, with Grant Gilchrist promoted to start alongside Jonny Gray and Ryan Wilson back from injury.

The other change is Simon Berghan who comes in place of Zander Fagerson, who also drops to the bench after a difficult game against the All Blacks.

“This is the third and final game of our autumn series and the players are looking forward to ending it on a high.”

Townsend said: “Last weekend’s game was a proper Test match – intense, competitive and full of drama. Unfortunately, we just fell short of our goal, and were disappointed with the loss, but take confidence going into the game against Australia.”

They’ll take even more confidence care of their victory over the Wallabies away from home this summer.

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SCOTLAND SQUAD TO FACE THE WALLABIES AT MURRAYFIELD (SATURDAY KO 2:30pm)

15: Hogg (Glasgow Warriors)
14: Seymour (Glasgow Warriors)
13: H Jones (Glasgow Warriors)
12: Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors)
11: Maitland (Saracens)
10: Russell (Glasgow Warriors)
9: Price (Glasgow Warriors)

1: Marfo (Edinburgh)
2: McInally (Edinburgh)
3: Berghan (Edinburgh)
4: Gilchrist (Edinburgh)
5: J Gray (Glasgow Warriors)
6: Barclay (Scarlets) C
7: Wilson (Glasgow Warriors)
8: Watson (Edinburgh)

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Replacements: Brown (Glasgow Warriors), Bhatti (Glasgow Warriors), Z Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors), Toolis (Edinburgh), Du Preez (Edinburgh), Pyrgos (Glasgow Warriors), Horne (Glasgow Warriors), McGuigan (Sale Sharks).

What do you think of the team named? Can the record back to back home and away wins against the Wallabies in 2017? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. Could be a fantastic game. Aussie s were already motivated, and we saw last weekend they can create and score tries , so will likely me even more so. Game plan will be important, but I love watching Scotland right now.

    • Some of the players actually prefer the heckling!! I know it is “customary” to keep quiet (at least in the UK) but the silence can be, and is, mega intimidating! Modern rugby is, well, different. I don’t mind the noise. So All OK IMHO.

  2. So many players missing throughout the autumn season. However the team have played excellent rugby. Can’t remember such strength in depth. Therefore I think that whatever team is put out by Gregor we need to believe in, he will know best what the fitness and injuries the players have. If we play the flowing rugby we showed against Samoa and the grit and hard work against New Zealand then we will beat the Australian team. We can all argue so certain team selection here and there. Come on Scotland we are one!

  3. This is probably the best Scottish rugby team for a long long time the players are competing with and able to beat the likes of new Zealand It is well enjoyable to watch them playing so good ,,,,just less mistakes will mean more wins for us and come the 6 nation’s I am expecting the Scotland might do the grand slam ,,,who knows they’re getting better all the time ,,

  4. I’m a big fan of Seymour but Jones played much better than Tommy on Saturday so l can’t see why HE’S been dropped. Also Gilchrist in place of Toolis is just a nonsense unless Toolis was injured, which he’s not.
    We need to win this game to make the autumn tests meaningful, so why not put out our strongest xv

    • Have to say gilchrist played his best on Saturday. When on form he is powerful on the carry and Clear out. Look at how he helped jonny try with ferocious clear out. Toolis had a good game too and townsend is doing well keeping them all in the mix.

  5. Pleased to see berghan starting. Despite the idiot commentator speaking as if he were a weak scrummager, the opposite is true. At the 7 man scrum the all black looseleaf drops his bind and folds in taking berghan with him. The linesman must have been blind not to see that and inform the ref.

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