Duncan Weir starts in one of four changes to the Scotland starting line up

Duncan Weir starts in one of four changes to the Scotland starting line up

Scotland have made four changes to their starting line-up for the opening match of the 2020 Autumn Nations Cup away to Italy in Florence on Saturday 14 November kick off 12:45pm GMT.

 


Three of the four changes come in the back-line from the recent win in Wales with Head Coach Gregor Townsend handing Worcester Warriors flyhalf Duncan Weir a start in his 29th cap for Scotland and joined in the half-backs by fellow Warrior, Glasgow’s Ali Price.

 

Sam Johnson earns his first appearance of the autumn at inside centre with Chris Harris selected at 13. Duhan van de Merwe starts on the wing joined by Edinburgh teammate Darcy Graham in the back three, with James Lang and Blair Kinghorn respectively joining the replacements, having featured in Llanelli.


Stuart Hogg captains the side once again from full-back, winning his 78th cap for Scotland. There is one change in the pack with Edinburgh hooker Stuart McInally starting, with props Zander Fagerson and Rory Sutherland packing down with McInally in the front row.

Glasgow Warriors’ George Turner is on the bench after Fraser Brown picked up an injury in training, ruling him out of the tie. Lock pairing Jonny Gray and Scott Cummings continue their partnership in front of an unchanged back-row of Jamie Ritchie, Hamish Watson and Blade Thomson. 


Double cup-winning Exeter Chief pair Sam Skinner and Sam Hidalgo-Clyne come into the matchday 23 for the first time in this international window and are joined by Edinburgh forwards WP Nel and Nick Haining and Glasgow Warrior, Oli Kebble in the replacements.

 
 
Scotland team to play Italy at Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence.
 
Saturday 14 November (kick-off 12:45pm GMT) – 
15. Stuart Hogg CAPTAIN (Exeter Chiefs) – 77 caps
14. Darcy Graham (Edinburgh) – 13 caps
13. Chris Harris (Gloucester) - 20 caps
12. Sam Johnson (Glasgow Warriors) – 13 caps
11. Duhan van der Merwe (Edinburgh) – 2 caps

10. Duncan Weir (Worcester Warriors) – 28 caps
9. Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors) – 34 caps

1. Rory Sutherland (Edinburgh) – 9 caps
2. Stuart McInally VICE CAPTAIN (Edinburgh) – 39 caps
3. Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) – 31 caps
4. Scott Cummings (Glasgow Warriors) – 14 caps
5. Jonny Gray (Exeter Chiefs) – 58 caps
6. Jamie Ritchie VICE CAPTAIN (Edinburgh) – 20 caps
7. Hamish Watson (Edinburgh) – 34 caps
8. Blade Thomson (Scarlets) – 6 caps

Substitutes
16. George Turner (Glasgow Warriors) – 9 caps
17. Oli Kebble (Glasgow Warriors) – 2 caps
18. WP Nel (Edinburgh) – 38 caps
19. Sam Skinner (Exeter Chiefs) – 7 caps
20. Nick Haining (Edinburgh) – 4 caps
21. Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (Exeter Chiefs) – 12 caps
22. James Lang (Harlequins) - 4 caps
23. Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh) – 23 caps

 

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