Scotland rings the changes for Wallabies clash

Marco Green
November 23, 2017

Sean Maitland, who was a star in Super Rugby for the Crusaders before moving north, is back on the wing after belatedly joining the squad this week on his return from injury.

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend.

Simon Berghan is picked at tighthead prop, with Zander Fagerson dropping on to the bench.

Inside-centre Alex Dunbar is included in the starting line-up but he will have to complete the graduated return-to-play protocol having sustained a concussion last weekend.

There have always been difficulties with securing the release of players in France in time to join up with their global sides, and Townsend is keen to keep as many players in Scotland as possible. "If more and more players leave Scotland, it will be much tougher for us".

"We wish Finn all the best".

"The better thing for the national team is more people playing in Scotland", he said. "We have two players injured in France who were likely to be in our squad - in Richie and Greig - and we'll now have a third but you've got to make sure there's not too many leaving Scotland". "We need a better performance than last week to win".

The loose forward missed last weekend's narrow loss to world champions New Zealand because of a shoulder injury, but is fit to play in the last of three November internationals.

Scotland XV: Hogg (Glasgow Warriors), Seymour (Glasgow Warriors), H Jones (Glasgow Warriors), Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors), Maitland (Saracens), Russell (Glasgow Warriors), Price (Glasgow Warriors), Marfo (Edinburgh), McInally (Edinburgh), Berghan (Edinburgh), Gilchrist (Edinburgh), J Gray (Glasgow Warriors), Barclay (Scarlets, capt), Wilson (Glasgow Warriors), Watson (Edinburgh).

Bench: 16 Fraser Brown, 17 Jamie Bhati, 18 Zander Fagerson, 19 Ben Toolis, 20 Cornell du Preez, 21 Henry Pyrgos, 22 Pete Horne, 23 Byron McGuigan.

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