Gregor Townsend changes 14 for Scotland vs Russia in Rugby World Cup | Rugby Union News

“We’ve picked a team we believe is capable of defeating an increasingly impressive and combative Russia side, who are looking to finish their pool campaign on a high,” says Townsend

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Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has made 14 changes for Wednesday’s essential Rugby World Cup conflict with Russia in Shizuoka.

Edinburgh wing Darcy Graham is the one man to maintain his place from final week’s 34-Zero thrashing of Samoa as Townsend shuffles his pack in order to maintain his prime stars contemporary for Sunday’s Pool A showdown towards hosts Japan.

Scotland must take all 5 factors on provide towards Russia earlier than beating Japan on the weekend, whereas additionally making certain the Brave Blossoms don’t outscore them on bonus factors.

With that in thoughts, Townsend has determined to take no possibilities by asking too a lot of his key gamers to prove twice in the house of 4 days.

Townsend’s choice means full-back Blair Kinghorn, centre Pete Horne, lock Ben Toolis and hooker George Turner will all get the possibility to impress towards Russia, whereas scrum-half Henry Pyrgos – a late substitute call-up for the injured Ali Price – will do the identical if he will get off the bench.

“First and foremost we’ve picked a team we believe is capable of defeating an increasingly impressive and combative Russia side, who are looking to finish their pool campaign on a high,” stated Townsend.

“A variety of our gamers are getting their first begin or Test in this match and have been itching to play their half in this World Cup, by serving to the staff ship a successful efficiency on Wednesday.

“Any profitable World Cup marketing campaign is constructed on a squad effort and people gamers who did not get the chance to start out towards Samoa actually helped present that staff with a high quality week of preparation.

“Now it’s their chance to get stuck into our next important game as we enter the final week of our pool matches.”

Scotland: 15 Blair Kinghorn, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Duncan Taylor, 12 Pete Horne, 11 Darcy Graham, 10 Adam Hastings, 9 George Horne; 1 Gordon Reid, 2 George Turner, 3 Zander Fagerson, 4 Scott Cummings, 5 Ben Toolis, 6 John Barclay, 7 Fraser Brown, 8 Ryan Wilson.

Replacements: 16 Stuart McInally, 17 Simon Berghan, 18 Willem Nel, 19 Grant Gilchrist, 20 Magnus Bradbury, 21 Jamie Ritchie, 22 Henry Pyrgos, 23 Chris Harris.


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