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Hogg To Captain Scotland As Townsend Wields Axe Ahead Of Second Summer Test

Stuart Hogg

Stuart Hogg will captain his country when Scotland take on the USA in the BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas on Saturday. 

Head coach Gregor Townsend has retained just three players from the 10-48 victory over Canada at the weekend.

Lock Ben Toolis, wing Blair Kinghorn and Sale Sharks wing Byron McGuigan are the three players who keep their spots in the side while Townsend hands out five further debuts to Jamie Bhatti, George Turner, Adam Hastings, Edinburgh lock Lewis Carmichael and back-row Luke Hamilton.

Scotland Head Coach, Gregor Townsend, said: “We always planned to play as much of the squad as possible on this tour, and we also deliberately picked more Edinburgh players in the first game because their season finished earlier.

“Now we welcome most of the Glasgow Warriors contingent into the team. On top of that there are seven players making their first starts for the country, which is really exciting, and we are looking forward to them going out and grabbing this opportunity.

ROME, ITALY – MARCH 17: Gregor Townsend, head coach of Scotland gives his team instructions during the warm up prior to the NatWest Six Nations match between Italy and Scotland at Stadio Olimpico on March 17, 2018 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

“The USA have won their last six games and scored a lot of points in the process. They’ve beaten two teams that have already qualified for the Rugby World Cup – Uruguay and Russia – and put 60 points on both of them. They are definitely improving as a team and are playing with a lot of confidence.

“You can see in the way they attack and defend that they are well coached, added to which there are some exceptional individuals that offer running threats throughout their side, so this will be a real test for us on Saturday.”

Scotland team to play USA, BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas [Saturday 16 June, kick-off 8pm local time (Sunday 2am UK time) – live on BBC]

15. Stuart Hogg CAPTAIN (Glasgow Warriors) – 60 caps
. Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh) – 3 caps
13. Nick Grigg (Glasgow Warriors) – 4 caps
12. Pete Horne VICE CAPTAIN (Glasgow Warriors) – 33 caps
11. Byron McGuigan (Sale Sharks) – 4 caps
. Adam Hastings (Glasgow Warriors) – 1 cap
9. George Horne (Glasgow Warriors) – uncapped
. Jamie Bhatti (Glasgow Warriors) – 9 caps
2. George Turner (Glasgow Warriors) – 3 caps
3. Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) – 16 caps
4. Lewis Carmichael (Edinburgh) – 1 cap
5. Ben Toolis (Edinburgh) – 10 caps
6. Tim Swinson VICE CAPTAIN (Glasgow Warriors) – 36 caps
7. Luke Hamilton (unattached) – 2 caps
8. Matt Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) – uncapped

16. Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors) – 32 caps
17. Allan Dell (Edinburgh) – 11 caps
18. Murray McCallum (Edinburgh) – 2caps
19. Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh) – 23 caps
20. David Denton (Leicester Tigers) – 40 caps
21. Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (Scarlets) – 10 caps
22. Mark Bennett (Edinburgh) – 21 caps
23. Dougie Fife (Edinburgh) – 6 caps

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Author: Sean McMahon

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