Scotland names team to play South Africa

Scott Johnson has named his team to take on South Africa this weekend, with uncapped lock Jonny Gray set to make his debut from the bench. As the brother of Richie, who starts in the engine room, should he take to the field they will become the 47th set of brothers to play for Scotland.

Duncan Taylor replaces the injured Matt Scott at inside centre, while Moray Low and Alasdair Dickinson are preferred in the front row. Jim Hamilton and Gray senior make up the second row partnership, while John Barclay, man of the match in 2010 when Scotland last beat the Springboks, will wear seven. There is no room in the squad for Kelly Brown, so Greig Laidlaw captains the side from scrum-half.

Scotland team to play South Africa:
15 Sean Maitland (Glasgow Warriors)
14 Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors)
13 Nick De Luca (Edinburgh Rugby)
12 Duncan Taylor (Saracens)
11 Sean Lamont (Glasgow Warriors)
10 Ruaridh Jackson (Glasgow Warriors)
9 Greig Laidlaw (Edinburgh Rugby) (c)
1 Alasdair Dickinson (Edinburgh Rugby)
2 Ross Ford (Edinburgh Rugby)
3 Moray Low (Glasgow Warriors)
4 Richie Gray (Castres)
5 Jim Hamilton (Montpellier)
6 Alasdair Strokosch (Perpignan)
7 John Barclay (Scarlets)
8 David Denton (Edinburgh Rugby)

16 Scott Lawson (Newcastle Falcons)
17 Ryan Grant (Glasgow Warriors)
18 Geoff Cross (Edinburgh Rugby)
19 Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors)
20 John Beattie (Montpellier)
21 Chris Cusiter (Glasgow Warriors)
22 Duncan Weir (Glasgow Warriors)
23 Max Evans (Castres)

What do you make of the Scotland team? Can they beat the Springboks?

Photo by: Patrick Khachfe / Onside Images

5 thoughts on “Scotland names team to play South Africa

  1. I think will Scotland start game strongly and ,with the huge Murrayfield crowd behind them they will climb into the boks . They may get the odd penalty, however I think, that, any trys they may get will only come from line outs/scrum close the Boks line. They dont have the back line skills to penetrate the Boks who will win comfortably!

  2. This is about as good a squad (at least 4 to 15) that SJ could have picked given the injuries (particularly in the backs). No Scott, Hogg or Visser does diminish our attacking threat, but it’s still not a bad lineup. SA represent a massive challenge, obviously, so no one is expecting a result here, but this team should put in a decent performance and hopefully make the Boks work for it.

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