Pierre Schoeman and WP Nel are primed to reinforce Scotland’s defence of Murrayfield against England in Sunday’s Six Nations clash.
The South Africa-born propping duo have been named on the bench for Scotland’s opener while Jonny Gray, who missed the November internationals through injury, is set to make his first Scotland start since facing Ireland in March last year.
Behind the scrum, Glasgow’s Ali Price and Racing 92’s Finn Russell will form a halfback pairing for a fourth consecutive Test.
Gloucester’s Chris Harris and Glasgow’s Sam Johnson are set to combine in midfield once again, with captain Stuart Hogg at fullback in his ninth Calcutta Cup match.
“We feel privileged to be involved in the oldest international rugby fixture on Saturday, against our nearest rivals,” said Scotland coach Gregor Townsend.
Scotland last year beat England at Twickenham for the first time since 1983 in a fixture held behind closed doors because of the lockdown restrictions.
“We are aware of how much winning at Twickenham boosted the spirits of our supporters at the start of last year’s tournament, and we’re looking forward to playing in front of them in person this year,” Townsend said.
“We are under no illusions on the tough challenge we have ahead of us against an England side who defeated the world champions (South Africa) in their last outing.”
Scotland – 15 Stuart Hogg (c), 14 Darcy Graham, 13 Chris Harris, 12 Sam Johnson, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Ali Price, 8 Matt Fagerson, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Jamie Ritchie, 5 Grant Gilchrist, 4 Jonny Gray, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 George Turner, 1 Rory Sutherland.
Subs: 16 Stuart McInally, 17 Pierre Schoeman, 18 WP Nel, 19 Sam Skinner, 20 Magnus Bradbury, 21 Ben White, 22 Blair Kinghorn, 23 Sione Tuipulotu
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