Scotland name team to take on South Africa

scotlandScotland have named three debutants in a team showing seven changes from the one that went down 17-27 to Samoa last weekend. The new caps are fullback Peter Murchie, wing Tom Seymour and lock Tim Swinson.

Head coach Scott Johnson told “I’m hard pressed to remember so many injuries from the one Test match but it’s a fact and we just have to get on with it. I’d said from before we left Scotland that we wanted to find out about players through this tour and, perhaps, because of circumstances, some of that is being accelerated.

“But there’s no doubt for me that our three new caps, for example, have had strong seasons for Glasgow and have worked really diligently on the training fields out here to earn their chance. We’ve faced South Africa a fair bit in the last decade and right now they’re the second best team in the world, playing on their own paddock, and with a win against Italy already under their belts. We have to be competitive and, once again, I’ll reiterate that we have to get our accuracy and aggression 100% at breakdown to give ourselves the opportunity.”

Scotland team to play South Africa, Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit, Saturday 15 June, KO 5.15pm (local time)

15 Peter Murchie (uncapped)
14 Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors) uncapped
13 Alex Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors) 1 cap
12 Matt Scott (Edinburgh Rugby) 13 caps
11 Sean Lamont (Glasgow Warriors) 77 caps
10 Ruaridh Jackson (Glasgow Warriors) 20 caps
9 Greig Laidlaw (Edinburgh Rugby) CAPTAIN 19 caps

1 Alasdair Dickinson (Edinburgh Rugby) 25 caps
2 Scott Lawson (Newcastle Falcons) 36 caps
3 Euan Murray (Worcester Warriors) 54 caps
4 Tim Swinson (Glasgow Warriors) uncapped
5 Jim Hamilton (Gloucester) 47 caps
6 Alasdair Strokosch (Perpignan) vice-captain 33 caps
7 Ryan Wilson (Glasgow Warriors) 3 caps
8 Johnnie Beattie (Montpellier) 22 caps


16 Stevie Lawrie (Edinburgh Rugby) 1 cap
17 Jon Welsh (Glasgow Warriors) 1 cap
18 Moray Low (Glasgow Warriors) 19 caps
19 Alastair Kellock (Glasgow Warriors) 53 caps, 1 try, 5 points
20 David Denton (Edinburgh Rugby) 12 caps
21 Henry Pyrgos (Glasgow Warriors) 7 caps, 1 try, 5 points
22 Peter Horne (Glasgow Warriors) 1 cap
23 Duncan Taylor (Saracens) 1 cap

One thought on “Scotland name team to take on South Africa

  1. Good to see more of the Glasgow boys in there, Seymour and Swinson in particular.

    Gonna be a heck of a tough one but good see some new players blooded.

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