NEWS | Six Edinburgh players named for Fiji test

Scotland Head Coach Gregor Townsend has named six Edinburgh players in his squad to face Fiji at BT Murrayfield this Saturday (kick-off 2.30pm) – live on BT Sport and BBC.

Second-row Grant Gilchrist is named in the starting XV after making an appearance from the bench in last weekend’s loss to Wales at the Principality Stadium, while front-row duo Allan Dell and WP Nel, and back-row Jamie Ritchie all retain their places in the starting line-up.

Elsewhere, hooker Stuart McInally – a try-scorer in last weekend’s opening Autumn Test in Cardiff – and prop Simon Berghan are both named amongst the replacements as Scotland look to record their fourth straight victory at BT Murrayfield.

Scotland Head Coach, Gregor Townsend, said: “It’s a more experienced side this week in terms of time together at this level, while we’ve rewarded some of those who performed well off the bench with the chance to start.

“We’ve had a good week in training with a slightly different focus for the challenges we expect Fiji to present this Saturday.

“They score more tries than any team in the world off turnover ball, about 66%, whereas most teams are under about 10 or 15%, so if you repeatedly give them turnover ball it’ll be a tough afternoon.

“That presents us with an opportunity to consider different approaches tactically and use different strategies to apply pressure in front of our home support.

“Our pack will have to work exceptionally hard against a very physical Fijian side and our backs will have to be alert to opportunities as a consequence of that work.

“We have to be physical and accurate, play to our strengths and put them under pressure in areas they don’t want to go into, to make sure the game is open for us but not for them.”

Full-back Stuart Hogg returns to the starting Scotland line-up after recovering from an ankle injury.

He is among nine changes to the starting Scotland line-up from Saturday’s defeat to Wales as Head Coach Gregor Townsend rewards several players who performed well off the bench, while welcoming the availability of exile players during World Rugby’s designated international window.

Four such players come into the starting line-up, where Exeter Chiefs lock Sam Skinner is set to make his debut, while half-backs Greig Laidlaw (Clermont Auvergne) and Finn Russell (Racing 92), and wing Sean Maitland (Saracens), are also set to start.

Glasgow Warriors Alex Dunbar and Tommy Seymour return to start in the backs, while Pete Horne is promoted from last week’s bench in Cardiff to partner club mate Dunbar in midfield.

Debutant Skinner is one of four changes to the pack, with hooker Fraser Brown, lock Gilchrist and back-row Matt Fagerson promoted from last week’s bench, while props Dell and Nel, and back-row forwards Ryan Wilson and Ritchie, are all reinstated.

Newcastle Falcons centre Chris Harris and Sale Sharks back-row Josh Strauss come in to the reckoning for the first time on the bench.

 

Scotland team to play Fiji at BT Murrayfield Stadium

Saturday 10 November (kick-off 2.30pm) – live on BT Sport and BBC

 

15. Stuart Hogg VICE CAPTAIN (Glasgow Warriors) – 62 caps

 

14. Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors) – 44 caps

13. Alex Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors) – 29 caps

12. Pete Horne (Glasgow Warriors) – 36 caps

11. Sean Maitland (Saracens) – 34 caps

 

10. Finn Russell (Racing 92) – 37 caps

9. Greig Laidlaw CAPTAIN (Clermont Auvergne) – 63 caps

 

1. Allan Dell (Edinburgh) – 14 caps

2. Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors) – 35 caps

3.  Willem Nel (Edinburgh) – 23 caps

4. Sam Skinner (Exeter Chiefs) – uncapped

5. Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh) – 26 caps

6. Ryan Wilson VICE CAPTAIN (Glasgow Warriors) – 38 caps

7. Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh) – 3 caps

8. Matt Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) – 2 caps

 

Substitutes:

16. Stuart McInally (Edinburgh) – 19 caps

17. Alex Allan (Glasgow Warriors) – 5 caps

18. Simon Berghan (Edinburgh) – 11 caps

19. Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors) – 44 caps

20. Josh Strauss (Sale Sharks) – 14 caps

21. George Horne (Glasgow Warriors) – 3 caps

22. Adam Hastings (Glasgow Warriors) – 4 caps

23. Chris Harris (Newcastle Falcons) – 4 caps