Nine Edinburgh players selected as McInally returns to captain Scotland

Edinburgh’s Stuart McInally has recovered from injury to captain Scotland’s third and final Test match against Argentina at the Estadio Centenario this Saturday (23 June, kick-off 4.40pm; 8.40pm UK time)– live on channel 4.

The 17-times capped hooker has been given the all-clear to start in Resistencia having been ruled out of the first and second Tests against Canada and USA by a calf strain sustained on the eve of the tour.

McInally is one of eight changes to the starting side named today by Head Coach Gregor Townsend, while the squad – which contains a mix of youth and experience – features nine Edinburgh players.

An all-capital front-row sees props Allan Dell and Simon Berghan return to join McInally in the front-row, with lock and vice-captain Grant Gilchrist coming in to partner Tim Swinson.

A new back-row trio is also named, with Edinburgh’s Magnus Bradbury joined by David Denton and Fraser Brown in the loose forwards.

The only change to the backs sees winger Dougie Fife – try-scorer against USA last weekend – promoted from the bench to earn his first start since 2015, alongside returning outside backs Stuart Hogg (vice-captain) and Blair Kinghorn.

Scotland Head Coach Gregor Townsend, said: “The players have responded well in training this week with focus, effort and accuracy. This is our last Test of the tour and we’re determined to finish on a high.

“With the majority of the squad involved in two Tests, we believe that we’ll be in a much better position in the future, having exposed more players to Test-level rugby, for the season ahead and beyond.

“We’ve learned a lot on this tour about this group of players. Now we have to use that learning to put in a very good performance to beat Argentina on their home patch.

“We’re looking forward to a passionate atmosphere in a football stadium with the crowd very close to the pitch.”

“Argentina will bring their passion and physicality where they have traditionally been strong – set piece, ball carrying and in the contact area.

"They also have a host of excellent attacking players, and the last few seasons have seen a much more expansive brand of rugby since joining the Rugby Championship and, more recently, the performances of Jaguares in Super Rugby.”

Scotland and Argentina and have met 16 times in their history, with the Scot’s record standing at won seven, lost nine.

Excluding the two matches on neutral grounds (Rugby World Cup 2007 and 2011), the head-to-head count over 14 Tests is split evenly at seven apiece.

Momentum stands in the favour of the Scots, however, who have won the last three meetings between the sides in Cordoba (2014) and Edinburgh (2014 and 2016).

 

Scotland team to face Argentina at the Estadio Centenario, Resistencia

Kick-off 4.40pm, 8.40pm UK time – live on Channel 4

 

15. Stuart Hogg VICE CAPTAIN (Glasgow Warriors) – 61 caps

 

14. Dougie Fife (Edinburgh) – 7 caps

13. Nick Grigg (Glasgow Warriors) – 5 caps

12. Pete Horne (Glasgow Warriors) – 34 caps

11. Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh) – 4 caps

 

10. Adam Hastings (Glasgow Warriors) – 2 caps

9. George Horne (Glasgow Warriors) – 1 cap

 

1. Allan Dell (Edinburgh) – 12 caps

2. Stuart McInally CAPTAIN (Edinburgh) – 17 caps

3. Simon Berghan (Edinburgh) – 9 caps

4. Tim Swinson (Glasgow Warriors) – 37 caps

5. Grant Gilchrist VICE CAPTAIN (Edinburgh) – 24 caps

6. Magnus Bradbury (Edinburgh) – 3 caps

7. Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors) – 33 caps

8. David Denton (Leicester Tigers) – 41 caps

 

Substitutes:

16. George Turner (Glasgow Warriors) – 4 caps

17. Jamie Bhatti (Glasgow Warriors) – 10 caps

18. Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) – 17 caps

19. Ben Toolis (Edinburgh) – 11 caps

20. Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh) – 1 cap

21. Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (Scarlets) – 11 caps

22. James Lang (Harlequins) – 1 cap

23. Chris Harris (Newcastle Falcons) – 3 caps


2018
 SUMMER TOUR
Saturday 9 June
: Canada 10-48 Scotland
Saturday 16 June: USA 30-29 Scotland
Saturday 23 June: Argentina v Scotland; Estadio Centenario (kick-off 4.40pm, 8.40pm UK time) – live on Channel 4