Take a look at Gregor Townsend's Autumn Internationals squad here.
Scotland Autumn Internationals Squad 2018
A week after the narrow loss to South Africa, Gregor Townsend has made eight changes to his Scotland side looking to end their Autumn Internationals campaign with a win against Argentina.
The most notable change is the move of Finn Russell to inside centre and Adam Hastings coming into the fly-half role. Blair Kinghorn replaces Tommy Seymour on the wing in the other change in the backline.
Then, in the pack, there are six changes with Allan Dell, Fraser Brown, Simon Berghan, Grant Gilchrist, Jamie Ritchie and Josh Strauss all coming in.
“We’ve been conscious of rotating the squad to enable as many players as possible to be in the best physical condition for each contest,” said Townsend.
“We are expecting those selected this weekend to bring energy and huge effort to the game and seize the opportunity to perform at their best level against a very good team.
“It will be another huge challenge, not only for our forward pack, but also for our defence – as Argentina play ambitious, skilful and effective attacking rugby.”
Scotland team to face Argentina in the Autumn Internationals – 24th November
Stuart Hogg; Sean Maitland, Huw Jones, Finn Russell, Blair Kinghorn; Adam Hastings; Greig Laidlaw; Allan Dell, Fraser Brown, Simon Berghan; Grant Gilchrist, Jonny Gray; Jamie Ritchie, Hamish Watson, Josh Strauss
Replacements: Stuart McInally, Alex Allan, Willem Nel, Sam Skinner, Ryan Wilson, George Horne, Alex Dunbar, Byron McGuigan
Scotland team to face South Africa in the Autumn Internationals – 17th November
Stuart Hogg; Tommy Seymour, Huw Jones, Pete Horne, Sean Maitland, Finn Russell, Greig Laidlaw; Gordon Reid, Stuart McInally, Willem Nel, Ben Toolis, Jonny Gray, Sam Skinner, Hamish Watson, Ryan Wilson.
Replacements: Fraser Brown, Allan Dell, Simon Berghan, Josh Strauss, Jamie Ritchie, Ali Price, Adam Hastings, Chris Harris.
Scotland team to face Fiji in the Autumn Internationals – 10th November
Stuart Hogg; Tommy Seymour, Alex Dunbar, Peter Horne, Sean Maitland, Finn Russell, Greig Laidlaw; Allan Dell, Fraser Brown, Willem Nel, Sam Skinner, Grant Gilchrist, Ryan Wilson, Jamie Ritchie, Matt Fagerson
Replacements: Stuart McInally, Alex Allan, Simon Berghan, Jonny Gray, Josh Strauss, George Horne, Adam Hastings, Chris Harris.
Scotland team to face Wales in the Doddie Weir Cup – 3rd November
Dell, McInally (captain), Nel, Toolis, Gray, Ritchie, Wilson, Watson, Price, Hastings, Dunbar, H.Jones, L.Jones, Kinghorn, Seymour
Replacements: Brown, Berghan, Fagerson, P.Horne, Allan, Gilchrist, G.Horne, Graham
Gregor Townsend’s Scotland will be missing Stuart Hogg, Zander Fagerson, John Barclay and Richie Gray for their upcoming Autumn International matches against Wales, Fiji, Argentina and South Africa later this year.
As a result three uncapped players have been named in the 40-man squad with Blade Thomson, Sam Johnson and England U20 representative, Sam Skinner all coming in.
Born in Australia, Johnson qualifies due to residency, and New Zealand-born Thomson qualifies through a grandfather. However Thomson and Skinner, along with other players based in England, Wales and France, will have to ask their clubs for permission to play against Wales in Cardiff because the match falls outside the Test window.
Alex Dunbar, Jonny Gray, Huw Jones, Greig Laidlaw, Sean Maitland, Willem Nel, Gordon Reid, Finn Russell, Tommy Seymour, Ryan Wilson and Hamish Watson all return to the squad after rest or injury absences.
Townsend said; “We’ve named a 40-man group for this campaign, which highlights the quality of player that is now available to us and the competition for places.”
“It also enables us to welcome more players into our training environment and hopefully give a few more players a taste of Test match rugby.
“It’s going to be an exciting year for the squad, but our primary focus is fixed on performing well against Wales – familiar opponents who have already recorded a win against us this year.”
Interestingly, Townsend has also asked Luke Crosby and Darcy Graham to train with the squad.
Take a look at the Welsh squad for…
Scotland Autumn Internationals Squad
Alex Allan (Glasgow Warriors), Simon Berghan (Edinburgh), Magnus Bradbury (Edinburgh), Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors), Allan Dell (Edinburgh), David Denton (Leicester Tigers), Matt Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors), Ross Ford (Edinburgh), Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh), Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors), Rob Harley (Glasgow Warriors), Murray McCallum (Edinburgh), Stuart McInally (Edinburgh), Willem Nel (Edinburgh), Gordon Reid (London Irish), Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh), Sam Skinner (Exeter Chiefs), Blade Thomson (Scarlets), Ben Toolis (Edinburgh), George Turner (Glasgow Warriors), Hamish Watson (Edinburgh), Ryan Wilson (Glasgow Warriors)
Alex Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors), Dougie Fife (Edinburgh), Chris Harris (Newcastle Falcons), Adam Hastings (Glasgow Warriors), George Horne (Glasgow Warriors), Pete Horne (Glasgow Warriors), Sam Johnson (Glasgow Warriors), Huw Jones (Glasgow Warriors), Lee Jones (Glasgow Warriors), Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh), Greig Laidlaw (Clermont Auvergne), Sean Maitland (Saracens), Byron McGuigan (Sale Sharks), Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors), Henry Pyrgos (Edinburgh), Finn Russell (Racing 92), Matt Scott (Edinburgh), Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors)
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