NEWS | Eight Edinburgh players selected to face Pumas

Scotland Head Coach Gregor Townsend has named eight Edinburgh players in his squad to face Argentina at BT Murrayfield this Saturday in the final match in the 2018 Autumn Test series (24 November, kick-off 2.30pm) – live on BT Sport and BBC.

Blair Kinghorn returns to the starting XV after missing both the Fiji and South Africa matches and is selected on the wing.

In the front-row, Allan Dell is named at loosehead prop alongside club mate Simon Berghan – who makes his first start of the Autumn Tests campaign, whilst Grant Gilchrist is selected in the second-row and makes his 28th Scotland appearance.

Edinburgh duo Jamie Ritchie and Hamish Watson start at blindside and openside flanker respectively, with front-row stars Stuart McInally and WP Nel both named amongst the replacements after featuring against South Africa last weekend.

Head Coach Gregor Townsend said: “We were pleased with our performance in Argentina last summer but are under no illusions as how different a prospect their team will be on Saturday.

“Under the new coaching team Argentina registered some impressive wins and performances in the recent Rugby Championship and will ask us questions both up front and from their back division on Saturday.

“The performance in June and our home form at BT Murrayfield gives us the confidence to rotate our matchday 23 but we are very conscious we will need to work hard to build platform against the Argentinian pack, which will be another huge test.”

The game is on-course for a sell-out, generating the 11th consecutive Scotland match to be played to a 67,144 capacity at BT Murrayfield.

It was only five months ago the two teams last met as part of the 2018 Summer Tour which saw the visitors to Argentina put in an impressive performance to win by a record 44-15 in Resistencia.

A contrast to the last-minute win when Argentina last visited Scotland back in the autumn of 2016 when the home side recorded a 19-16 victory.

The Scottish pack which fronted up so well against the Springboks last weekend sees six changes, including a front row of prop Dell, hooker Fraser Brown and prop Berghan which finished the match against South Africa.

Lock Jonny Gray retains his starting place in the second row and is joined by Gilchrist in place of Edinburgh teammate, Ben Toolis.

Ritchie’s recent impressive performances see him come back into the XV at blindside flanker, with Sam Skinner, who played six last Saturday, moving to the bench after featuring in the last two matches.

Josh Strauss starts his first match since the 2017 summer tour at number eight.

In the back division there are three changes, two in personnel and one positional, with captain Greig Laidlaw continuing at scrum-half and winning his 65th Scotland cap.

Finn Russell moves to inside-centre as Adam Hastings starts at fly-half to continue an exciting combination which has finished the last two Autumn Tests versus Fiji and South Africa respectively.

Huw Jones retains his place at outside-centre with Kinghorn starting his first match since featuring against Wales three-weeks ago. Stuart Hogg has recovered from his ankle knock to stay at full-back and Sean Maitland again plays on the wing. 



 Scotland team to play Argentina at BT Murrayfield


Saturday 24 November (kick-off 2.30pm) – live on BT Sport and BBC


15. Stuart Hogg VICE CAPTAIN (Glasgow Warriors) – 64 caps


14. Sean Maitland (Saracens) – 36 caps
. Huw Jones (Glasgow Warriors) – 18 caps
12. Finn Russell (Racing 92) – 39 caps

11. Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh) – 6 caps

10. Adam Hastings (Glasgow Warriors) – 6 caps
9. Greig Laidlaw CAPTAIN (Clermont Auvergne) – 65 caps

. Allan Dell (Edinburgh) – 16 caps
2. Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors) – 37 caps 
3. Simon Berghan (Edinburgh) – 13 caps

4. Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh) – 27 caps

5. Jonny Gray VICE CAPTAIN (Glasgow Warriors) – 46 caps

6. Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh) – 5 caps
7. Hamish Watson (Edinburgh) – 22 caps
8. Josh Strauss (Sale Sharks) – 16 caps 


16. Stuart McInally (Edinburgh) – 21 caps
17. Alex Allan (Glasgow Warriors) – 6 caps
18. Willem Nel (Edinburgh) – 25 caps 

19. Sam Skinner (Exeter Chiefs) – 2 caps
20. Ryan Wilson (Glasgow Warriors) – 40 caps

21. George Horne (Glasgow Warriors) - 4 caps
22. Alex Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors) - 30 caps
23. Byron McGuigan (Sale Sharks) – 5 caps