Nel in line for half-century as nine selected for All Blacks Test
Tighthead prop and club centurion WP Nel is in line to make his 50th appearance for Scotland as Gregor Townsend names nine Edinburgh Rugby players in his team to face New Zealand at BT Murrayfield this Sunday (13 November, kick-off 2.15pm) – live on Premier Sports.
Nel – who made his international debut against Italy in 2015 – arrived in Scotland over a decade ago and is now set to celebrate a milestone appearance for his adopted country.
Edinburgh are once again well represented in the pack as Pierre Schoeman (loosehead prop), Grant Gilchrist (lock), Jamie Ritchie (back-row) – who once again skippers the side- and Hamish Watson (back-row) all start against the All Blacks.
Wing duo Duhan van der Merwe and Darcy Graham continue on opposite flanks while the aforementioned Nel, Blair Kinghorn and Mark Bennett are all named among the replacements.
Scotland team to face New Zealand at BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh, live on Amazon Prime, Sunday 13 November – kick-off 2:15pm
15. Stuart Hogg (Exeter Chiefs) 94 caps
14. Darcy Graham (Edinburgh Rugby) 31 caps
13. Chris Harris – Vice Captain – (Gloucester Rugby) 37 caps
12. Sione Tuipulotu (Glasgow Warriors) 9 caps
11. Duhan van der Merwe (Edinburgh Rugby) 21 caps
10. Finn Russell (Racing 92) 63 caps
9. Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors) 56 caps
1. Pierre Schoeman (Edinburgh Rugby) 14 caps
2. Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors) 55 caps
3. Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) 52 caps
4. Richie Gray (Glasgow Warriors) 68 caps
5. Grant Gilchrist – Vice Captain – (Edinburgh Rugby) 57 caps
6. Jamie Ritchie – Captain – (Edinburgh Rugby) 34 caps
7. Hamish Watson (Edinburgh Rugby) 53 caps
8. Matt Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) 26 caps
16. Ewan Ashman (Sale Sharks) 5 caps
17. Rory Sutherland (Ulster Rugby) 21 caps
18. WP Nel (Edinburgh Rugby) 49 caps
19. Jonny Gray (Exeter Chiefs) 70 caps
20. Jack Dempsey (Glasgow Warriors) 2 caps
21. Ben White (London Irish) 7 caps
22. Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh Rugby) 36 caps
23. Mark Bennett (Edinburgh Rugby) 28 caps