Scotland Make 6 Squad Changes For All Black Test

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Scotland Head Coach Gregor Townsend has named his squad to take on the All Blacks this Saturday (5:15pm) at Murrayfield.

In total there are 2 changes to the starting team that narrowly beat Samoa in last weekend’s try fest.

Cornell du Preez impressed when he came on last week

Both are injury enforced with Edinburgh’s Cornell du Preez coming in for Ryan Wilson (shoulder) and Glasgow’s Zander Fagerson coming in place of WP Nel (fractured arm).

The other 4 changes all come on the bench with Simon Berghan and uncapped Luke Hamilton replacing Fagerson and du Preez, whilst former Scotland captain Grant Gilchrist comes in for injured Tim Swinson.

Byron McGuigan has been in fine form for the Sharks

Finally Sale Sharks winger/fullback Byron McGuigan replaces new cap Chris Harris.

The All Blacks have delayed naming their team with captain Keiran Reid an injury doubt.

Gregor Townsend said: “The task of facing New Zealand is one of the biggest challenges in sport and one that our players relish. They have been in brilliant form this season and continue to set very high standards whenever they play.”

Scotland last faced the All Blacks in 2014 and ran then Kiwis close going down 16-24.

 

SCOTLAND SQUAD TO FACE THE ALL BLACKS AT MURRAYFIELD (SATURDAY KO 5:15pm)

15. Stuart Hogg VICE CAPTAIN (Glasgow Warriors) – 54 caps
14. Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors) – 37 caps
13. Huw Jones (Glasgow Warriors) – 9 caps
12. Alex Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors) – 27 caps
11. Lee Jones (Glasgow Warriors) – 6 caps
10. Finn Russell (Glasgow Warriors) – 30 caps
9. Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors) – 9 caps

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1. Darryl Marfo (Edinburgh Rugby) – 1 cap
2. Stuart McInally (Edinburgh Rugby) – 10 caps
3. Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) – 13 caps
4. Ben Toolis (Edinburgh Rugby) – 5 caps
5. Jonny Gray VICE CAPTAIN (Glasgow Warriors) – 36 caps
6. John Barclay CAPTAIN (Scarlets) – 64 caps
7. Hamish Watson (Edinburgh Rugby) – 13 caps
8. Cornell du Preez (Edinburgh Rugby) – 3 caps

Subs

16. George Turner (Glasgow Warriors) – 1 cap
17. Jamie Bhatti (Glasgow Warriors) – 1 cap
18. Simon Berghan (Edinburgh Rugby) – 3 caps
19. Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh Rugby) – 16 caps
20. Luke Hamilton (Leicester Tigers) – uncapped
21. Henry Pyrgos (Glasgow Warriors) – 25 caps
22. Pete Horne (Glasgow Warriors) – 26 caps
23. Byron McGuigan (Sale Sharks) – uncapped

19 COMMENTS

  1. Tactically we will be tight in defence.
    It will be adaptable.
    But unsure if we have ability to manage the changes in momentum as we have not tried this at this level. We may get burnt in the areas around kicking ball away And building pressure in defence and breakdown discipline under pressure Fingers crossed we see a more adaptable Scotland and great ball recycle and retention.

  2. I was Simon Berghan’s first coach here in NZ. Along with his identical twin bro Danny and a bunch of other great kids..Hamish Sandford Shaun O’Halloran Andy Bryant et al..all from the Sydenham Club and St Martins Primary School..and still mates today and no doubt thrilled for Simon at this milestone

  3. I think so the talent is there if they keep their heads stick to game plan and do not kick … make them work for it … but as long as they give it their all like they have been with passion you can ask no more …

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