Capital seven to face Italy

Capital seven to face Italy

Gregor Townsend has included seven Edinburgh Rugby stars in Scotland's line up for Saturday's Famous Grouse Nations Series clash against Italy at Scottish Gas Murrayfield

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Four Edinburgh men will start for their country this Saturday in the curtain raiser of a trio of summer Tests at Scottish Gas Murrayfield, as the build up to France 2023 heats up.

In the pack, Sam Skinner and Luke Crosbie start at lock and blindside flanker respectively. As well as starting, Skinner is also handed a leadership role as vice-captain of the side.

Incoming fly-half Ben Healy starts in the famous 10 jersey, and will look to replicate his form that helped steer Munster to the 2022/23 BKT United Rugby Championship title.

Darcy Graham earns a starting berth on the right wing, looking to continue his scintillating form that saw him earn a spot in the BKT United Rugby Championship Elite XV.

New signing Javan Sebastian is named on the bench, alongside club centurions Blair Kinghorn and Stuart McInally, with the latter announcing his retirement from club rugby at the end of the 2022/23 season.

Scotland team to face Italy in The Famous Grouse Nations Series on Saturday 29 July at Scottish Gas Murrayfield, kick-off 3.15pm, live on Amazon Prime:

1. Rory Sutherland
2. George Turner
3. Murphy Walker
4. Sam Skinner (vc)
5. Scott Cummings
6. Luke Crosbie
7. Rory Darge (C)
8. Matt Fagerson

9. Ali Price
10. Ben Healy
11. Kyle Steyn
12. Stafford McDowall
13. Chris Harris (vc)
14. Darcy Graham
15. Ollie Smith


16. Stuart McInally
17. Jamie Bhatti
18. Javan Sebastian
19. Cameron Henderson
20. Josh Bayliss
21. Jamie Dobie
22. Blair Kinghorn
23. Cam Redpath

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