Gregor Townsend will be aiming to continue Scotland's Six Nations success this autumn

Scotland Autumn Internationals Squad 2021

Gregor Townsend has made seven changes to his Scotland starting XV to face Japan after losing to South Africa last weekend.

Jamie Bhatti and George Turner make up an almost entirely new front row, with Scott Cummings at lock. Hamish Watson comes back into the No 7 shirt, which sees Jamie Ritchie move to six and Josh Bayliss at No 8.

In the backs, Darcy Graham comes back in on the wing with Sam Johnson starting at centre.

And on the bench Javan Sebastian and Dylan Richardson could win their first caps.

Scotland team to face Japan – Saturday 20 November

Stuart Hogg (captain); Darcy Graham, Chris Harris, Sam Johnson, Duhan van der Merwe; Finn Russell, Ali Price;  Jamie Bhatti, George Turner, Zander Fagerson, Scott Cummings, Grant Gilchrist, Jamie Ritchie, Hamish Watson, Josh Bayliss.

Replacements: Stuart McInally, Pierre Schoeman, Javan Sebastian, Sam Skinner, Dylan Richardson, Matt Fagerson, George Horne, Blair Kinghorn.

Scotland team to face South Africa – Saturday 13 November

Stuart Hogg (captain); Rufus McLean, Chris Harris, Matt Scott, Duhan van der Merwe; Finn Russell, Ali Price; Pierre Schoeman, Stuart McInally, Zander Fagerson, Sam Skinner, Grant Gilchrist, Nick Haining, Jamie Ritchie, Matt Fagerson.

Replacements: Ewan Ashman, Jamie Bhatti, Oli Kebble, Jamie Hodgson, Hamish Watson, George Horne,  Adam Hastings, Blair Kinghorn.

Scotland team to face Australia – Sunday 7 November

Stuart Hogg (captain); Darcy Graham, Chris Harris, Sam Johnson, Duhan van der Merwe; Finn Russell, Ali Price; Pierre Schoeman, George Turner, Zander Fagerson, Sam Skinner, Grant Gilchrist, Jamie Ritchie, Hamish Watson, Matt Fagerson.

Replacements: Ewan Ashman, Jamie Bhatti, Oli Kebble, Jamie Hodgson, Josh Bayliss, George Horne, Adam Hastings, Kyle Steyn.

Scotland team to face Tonga – Saturday 30 October

Darcy Graham; Kyle Steyn, Sione Tuipulotu, Sam Johnson, Rufus McLean; Blair Kinghorn, Ali Price; Pierre Schoeman, George Turner, Zander Fagerson, Jamie Hodgson, Rob Harley, Jamie Ritchie, Hamish Watson, Matt Fagerson.

Replacements: Stuart McInally, Jamie Bhatti, Oli Kebble, Marshall Sykes, Luke Crosbie, Nick Haining, Jamie Dobie, Ross Thompson

Scotland Autumn Internationals Squad 2021

Gregor Townsend has named a 42-man squad for the Scotland‘s upcoming Tests against Tonga, Australia, South Africa and Japan.

The head coach had named a 36-strong training squad for the Tonga fixture last week made up of home-based players given that it falls outside the international window. Exeter’s Stuart Hogg, Worcester’s Duhan van der Merwe and Racing’s Finn Russell are amongst those based out of Scotland who have been named in this expanded squad.

As well as those experienced players, Townsend has selected 12 uncapped players.

The head coach said: “There have been some notable performances from both our home-based players and those at clubs outside of Scotland, which has enabled us as coaches to select a group which are playing well and will be motivated across the four games.

“We also feel that this the right time to bring in some younger players given their early-season form. They have created opportunities for themselves to represent their country and we believe that they will thrive in the Test-match environment.”

Scotland will be looking to avenge the defeat by Japan that knocked them out of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Scotland last faced the Springboks in 2018 where they lost in a narrow 26-20 match. Australia last battled with the Scots in 2017 and Scotland were victorious in a 53-24 game while Tonga lost 37-12 to Scotland when they last met in 2014.

Scotland Autumn Internationals Squad 2021

Backs

(DoB/Club/Position/Test debut/caps)

Jamie Dobie (7 Jun 2001/Glasgow/Scrum-half/2021 v Tonga/1)

Darcy Graham (21 Jun 1997/Edinburgh/Wing/2018 v Wales/22)

Chris Harris  (28 Dec 1990/Gloucester/Centre/2017 v Samoa/31 (+1 for Lions))

Adam Hastings (5 Oct 1996/Gloucester/Fly-half/2018 v Canada/25)

Stuart Hogg (24 Jun 1992/Exeter Chiefs/Full-back/2012 v Wales/88 (+2 for Lions))

George Horne (12 May 1995/Glasgow/Scrum-half/2018 v USA/17)

Damien Hoyland (11 Jun 1994/Edinburgh/Full-back or wing/2015 v Italy/4)

Sam Johnson (19 Jun 1993/Glasgow Warriors/Centre/2019 v Italy/21)

Huw Jones (17 Dec 1993/Harlequins/Centre/2016 v Japan/31)

Blair Kinghorn (18 Jan 1997/Edinburgh/Wing/2018 v England/28)

Rufus McLean (2 Mar 2000/Glasgow/Full-back or wing/2021 v Tonga/2)

Ali Price (12 May 1993/Glasgow Warriors/Scrum-half/2016 v Georgia/46)

Finn Russell (23 Sep 1992/Racing 92/Fly-half/2014 v USA/58 (+1 for Lions))

Matt Scott (30 Sep 1990/Leicester Tigers/Centre/2012 v Ireland/40)

Kyle Steyn (29 Jan 1994/Glasgow/Centre/2020 v France/3)

Ross Thompson (10 Apr 1999/Glasgow/Fly-half/2021 v Tonga/1)

Sione Tuipulotu (12 Feb 1997/Glasgow/Centre/2021 v Tonga/1)

Duhan van der Merwe (4 Jun 1995/Worcester/Wing/2020 v Georgia/13 (+3 for Lions))

Forwards

Ewan Ashman (3 Apr 2000/Sale Sharks/Hooker/2021 v Australia/2)

Josh Bayliss (18 Sep 1997/Bath/Back-row/2021 v Australia/2)

Jamie Bhatti (8 Sep 1993/Bath/Prop/2017 v Samoa/22)

Magnus Bradbury (23 Aug 1995/Glasgow Warriors/No 8/2016 v Argentina/14)

Dave Cherry (2 Jan 1991/Edinburgh/Hooker/2021 v England/5)

Luke Crosbie (22 Apr 1997/Edinburgh/Flanker/2021 v Tonga/1)

Rory Darge (23 Feb 2000/Glasgow Warriors/Flanker/Uncapped)

Matt Fagerson (16 Jul 1998/Glasgow Warriors/Back-row/2018 v USA/17)

Zander Fagerson (19 Jan 1996/Glasgow Warriors/Prop/2016 v England/42)

Grant Gilchrist (9 Aug 1992/Edinburgh/Lock/2013 v France/48)

Nick Haining (1 Sep 1990/Edinburgh/Back-row or No 8/2020 v Ireland/10)

Rob Harley (26 May 1990/Glasgow Warriors/Back-row/2012 v Samoa/23)

Jamie Hodgson (19 Mar 1998/Edinburgh/Lock/2021 v Tonga/3)

Oli Kebble (18 Jun 1992/Glasgow Warriors/Prop/2020 v Georgia/10)

Murray McCallum (16 Mar 1996/Glasgow Warriors/Prop/2018 v Wales/3)

Stuart McInally (9 Aug 1990/Edinburgh/No 8 or flanker/2015 v Italy/43)

Dylan Richardson (15 Jan 1999/Cell C Sharks/Back-row/2021 v Japan/1)

Jamie Ritchie (16 Aug 1996/Edinburgh/Back-row/2018 v Canada/31)

Pierre Schoeman (7 Mar 1994/Edinburgh/Prop/2021 v Tonga/4)

Sam Skinner (31 Jan 1995/Exeter Chiefs/Back-row or lock/2018 v Fiji/15)

Rory Sutherland (24 Aug 1992/Worcester/Prop/2016 v Ireland/16 (+2 for Lions))

Marshall Sykes (29 Dec 1999/Edinburgh/Lock/2021 v Tonga/1)

George Turner (8 Oct 1992/Glasgow Warriors/Hooker/2017 v Samoa/20)

Hamish Watson (15 Oct 1991/Edinburgh/Back-row/2015 v Italy/45(+1 for Lions))

Scotland Autumn Internationals Fixtures 2021

Sat 30 October, Scotland 60-14 Tonga Men (BT Murrayfield) Kyle Steyn scores four in one-sided Scotland win

Sun 7 November, Scotland 15-13 Australia Men (BT Murrayfield) Ewan Ashman’s try on Scotland debut

Sat 13 November, Scotland 15-30 South Africa (1pm, BT Murrayfield) Live on Amazon Prime

Sat 20 November, Scotland 29-20 Japan (1pm, BT Murrayfield) Live on Amazon Prime

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