NEWS | McInally to captain Scotland against Wales

Stuart McInally will captain Scotland in Saturday’s opening Autumn Test match against Wales at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff (3 November, kick-off 2.45pm), whilst Darcy Graham is named on the bench and if called upon will make his full international debut.

The team selection sees seven Edinburgh players named in the starting XV with a further three are selected on the bench as Scotland search for their first victory in Wales since 2002.

Taking place outside World Rugby’s designated international window, the sides (made up wholly of home-based players) will contest the ‘Doddie Weir Cup’ as they honour the former Scotland and British & Irish Lions player diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease and support his inspiring work to raise funds for MND research.

This week the Welsh Rugby Union and Scottish Rugby committed to donating a joint six-figure sum from the proceeds of the game, with the associated visibility for the fight against Motor Neurone Disease also providing an invaluable contribution.

An all-Edinburgh front-row sees McInally pack down alongside WP Nel and Allan Dell, whilst lock Ben Toolis is named in the second-row and earns his 13th cap.

In the back-row, Edinburgh duo Hamish Watson and Jamie Ritchie are named as openside and blindside flankers respectively.

After a standout Six Nations campaign and Summer Tour, Blair Kinghorn gets the nod at fullback and is the capital side’s only back to start the opening Autumn Test.

Simon Berghan, Grant Gilchrist and Graham are named amongst the replacements.

Scotland Head Coach, Gregor Townsend, said: "Doddie’s a great man who’s been inspirational in his fight against MND and it’s fantastic that we’re able to pay tribute to him and his achievements with this match.

"This Saturday the best way we, as a team, can pay tribute to him will be through our performance, delivering one in keeping with the occasion and that puts us in a position to make Doddie proud.

"There is an extra incentive that we are playing for a trophy in the shape of the Doddie Weir Cup.”

The Wales match will provide Test-level build-up for Scotland’s home 2018 Autumn Tests at BT Murrayfield, with sold-out crowds confirmed for the opening Tests against Fiji (Saturday 10 November) and South Africa (17 November), with the Argentina crowd close behind.

 

Scotland team to play Wales at the Principality Stadium

Saturday 3 November (kick-off 2.45pm) – live on BBC

 

15. Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh) – 5 caps

 

14. Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors) – 43 caps

13. Huw Jones (Glasgow Warriors) – 16 caps

12. Alex Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors) – 28 caps

11. Lee Jones (Glasgow Warriors) – 9 caps

 

10. Adam Hastings (Glasgow Warriors) – 3 caps

9. Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors) – 17 caps

 

1. Allan Dell (Edinburgh) – 13 caps

2. Stuart McInally CAPTAIN (Edinburgh) – 18 caps

3. Willem Nel (Edinburgh) – 22 caps

4. Ben Toolis (Edinburgh) – 12 caps

5. Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors) – 43 caps

6. Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh) – 2 caps

7. Hamish Watson (Edinburgh) – 20 caps

8. Ryan Wilson (Glasgow Warriors) – 37 caps

 

Substitutes

16. Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors) – 34 caps

17. Alex Allan (Glasgow Warriors) – 4 caps

18. Simon Berghan (Edinburgh) – 10 caps

19. Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh) – 25 caps

20. Matt Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) – 1 cap

21. George Horne (Glasgow Warriors) – 2 caps

22. Pete Horne (Glasgow Warriors) – 35 caps

23. Darcy Graham (Edinburgh) – uncapped