Schoeman to make Scotland debut

Edinburgh prop Pierre Schoeman is among four players who will make a starting Test debut for Scotland against Tonga at Murrayfield on Saturday.

Scotland will be represented by co-captains for the first time as Glasgow Warriors and British & Irish Lion Ali Price and Edinburgh Rugby’s Jamie Ritchie both lead the team.

Scotland will also field four uncapped players in the starting XV, two in the backs and two in the forwards.

South African-born loosehead Schoeman, who started his career at the Vodacom Bulls before moving to Edinburgh and qualifying on the residency rule, is among those players.

A further four debutants are in line for caps off the bench, which has a six-two forwards split.

Joining Schoeman in a starting debut is wing Rufus McLean, Australian-born centre Sione Tuipulotu and Edinburgh lock Jamie Hodgson.

Two other South African-born players – wing Kyle Steyn and prop Oli Kebble – will be involved, with Steyn starting and Kebble on the bench.

Scotland – 15 Darcy Graham, 14 Kyle Steyn, 13 Sione Tuipulotu, 12 Sam Johnson, 11 Rufus McLean, 10 Blair Kinghorn, 9 Ali Price (c-c), 8 Matt Fagerson, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Jamie Ritchie (c-c), 5 Rob Harley, 4 Jamie Hodgson, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 George Turner, 1 Pierre Schoeman.
Subs: 16 Stuart McInally, 17 Jamie Bhatti, 18 Oli Kebble, 19 Marshall Sykes, 20 Luke Crosbie, 21 Nick Haining, 22 Jamie Dobie, 23 Ross Thompson.

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