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Scotland name their team to face Wales on Saturday

Scotland throw the first dice of the autumn series as head coach Gregor Townsend released his starting lineup along with the entire match day 23 to face Wales at the Principality stadium. Townsend welcomed back several experienced Scotland players into the team.


Four starters remain from the Summer Test triumph in Argentina in a team of entirely home based players that will feature this Saturday. Hooker Stuart McInally returns as captain alongside fellow Edinburgh front-row Allan Dell, while young backs Adam Hastings and Blair Kinghorn feature again as stand-off and full-back respectively.

 

This provides a great chance to test the many home grown talent that doesn’t get much of the big stage while thereafter the squad features the return of a number of seasoned campaigners for the rest of the autumn series.


The youthful feel of the team is blended with the wealth of an experienced Glasgow Warriors quintet: wingers Tommy Seymour and Lee Jones, centres Huw Jones and Alex Dunbar, and scrum-half Ali Price.

In the pack, Jonny Gray, Willem Nel, Hamish Watson and Ryan Wilson return to the pack, alongside lock Ben Toolis and back-row Jamie Ritchie.

Edinburgh back Darcy Graham earns his first appearance in a Scotland match-day 23 and could make his debut if called upon from the bench.

“This match will be special in that the collections will all go to helping the cause for Motor Neurone Disease.

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.”


Scotland team to play Wales

15. Blair Kinghorn
14. Tommy Seymour VICE CAPTAIN
13. Huw Jones
12. Alex Dunbar
11. Lee Jones
10. Adam Hastings
9. Ali Price

1.Allan Dell

2. Stuart McInally CAPTAIN

3. Willem Nel.

4. Ben Toolis

5. Jonny Gray

6. Jamie Ritchie

7. Hamish Watson

8. Ryan Wilson VICE CAPTAIN

substitutes

16. Fraser Brown

17. Alex Allan

18. Simon Berghan

19. Grant Gilchrist

20. Matt Fagerson

21. George Horne

22. Pete Horne

23. Darcy Graham

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