Nine stars selected for Italy opener

Nine stars selected for Italy opener

​Club co-captain Stuart McInally returns to the starting line-up as Head Coach Gregor Townsend names nine Edinburgh players in his Scotland squad to face Italy this Saturday (14 November, kick-off 12.45pm) – live on Amazon Prime.

The hooker packs down alongside prop Rory Sutherland in the front-row, while back-row duo Jamie Ritchie – once again selected as vice-captain – and Hamish Watson continue in the back-row.

Edinburgh form two thirds of the back-three with Darcy Graham and Duhan van der Merwe named on the wings.

While WP Nel, Nick Haining and Blair Kinghorn are all named on the bench for the opening match of the Autumn Nations Cup

Ahead of the fixture, Head Coach Gregor Townsend said: “It’s exciting to be a part of this new competition, and also to play in Florence for the first time.

Italy recorded a famous win against South Africa in this stadium, and we are well aware of the quality they have in their squad that they can raise their game to a similar level this weekend.

“While we gained confidence from the win over Wales, we have been working hard to improve in all areas of our game, and we believe that there is a lot more to come from this group of players.

“The energy has been great at training and we are seeing real competition for places throughout our squad. We are looking forward to this squad grabbing their opportunity to play and take the game to the opposition.”

Scotland team to play Italy at Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence.

Saturday 14 November (kick-off 12:45pm) – live on Amazon Prime

15. Stuart Hogg CAPTAIN (Exeter Chiefs) – 76 caps
14. Darcy Graham (Edinburgh) – 13 caps
13. Chris Harris (Gloucester) - 20 caps
12. Sam Johnson (Glasgow Warriors) – 13 caps
11. Duhan van der Merwe (Edinburgh) – 2 caps

10. Duncan Weir (Worcester Warriors) – 28 caps
9. Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors) – 34 caps

1. Rory Sutherland (Edinburgh) – 9 caps
2. Stuart McInally VICE CAPTAIN (Edinburgh) – 39 caps
3. Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) – 31 caps
4. Scott Cummings (Glasgow Warriors) – 14 caps
5. Jonny Gray (Exeter Chiefs) – 58 caps
6. Jamie Ritchie VICE CAPTAIN (Edinburgh) – 20 caps
7. Hamish Watson (Edinburgh) – 34 caps
8. Blade Thomson (Scarlets) – 6 caps

16. George Turner (Glasgow Warriors) – 9 caps
17. Oli Kebble (Glasgow Warriors) – 2 caps
18. WP Nel (Edinburgh) – 38 caps
19. Sam Skinner (Exeter Chiefs) – 7 caps
20. Nick Haining (Edinburgh) – 4 caps
21. Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (Exeter Chiefs) – 12 caps
22. James Lang (Harlequins) - 4 caps

23. Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh) – 23 caps

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