Scotland have named their team to take on Wales in the Doddie Weir Cup at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday.
Gregor Townsend’s side will be looking to avenge their 34-7 defeat to the Welsh at the same venue on the opening day of this year’s 6 Nations.
Hooker Stuart McInally captains the side. Long term injuries to Zander Fagerson and Stuart Hogg also ruled them out. Hogg’s replacement at full-back is Edinburgh’s Blair Kinghorn, a man hotly tipped to slot in after fine form with his club.
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— Scottish Rugby (@Scotlandteam) October 31, 2018
Townsend added: “We’ve had a productive two weeks, both in St Andrews and Edinburgh, and the players have worked hard to put our game into place.
”As always we expect a very tough Test match against Wales in Cardiff – a contest that will be physically and technically demanding in a noisy arena. It’s a challenge we look forward to facing.”
The build-up to the game has been overshadowed by the initial reluctance of either union to donate any of the proceeds from the fixture to Doddie Weir’s charity, despite the sides competing for a trophy in his name.
On Monday they finally relented: “The unions together have committed to donating a joint six-figure sum from the proceeds of the game,” they said.
In a joint statement a WRU spokesperson added: “We have listened to supporters and, whilst our initial motivation in supporting the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation was to help raise awareness for the fight against MND and the foundation’s fundraising campaign, we have decided to make a direct donation.”
— Scottish Rugby (@Scotlandteam) October 30, 2018
While the SRU said: “We have listened to the feedback from the rugby family in relation to extending our support around the autumn Test match in Cardiff and have partnered with the WRU in a commitment to guarantee the foundation receives a six-figure donation. We are happy to provide a further level of support to Doddie and his foundation through this initiative and to mirror the generosity of fans.”
After naming his team Townsend also led plaudits to Weir: “Doddie’s a great man who’s been inspirational in his fight against MND and it’s fantastic that we’re able to pay tribute to him and his achievements with this match.
“This Saturday the best way we, as a team, can pay tribute to him will be through our performance, delivering one in keeping with the occasion and that puts us in a position to make Doddie proud.
“There is an extra incentive that we are playing for a trophy in the shape of the Doddie Weir Cup.”
Scotland team to face Wales:
15. Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh) – 5 caps
1. Allan Dell (Edinburgh) – 13 caps
2. Stuart McInally CAPTAIN (Edinburgh) – 18 caps
3. Willem Nel (Edinburgh) – 22 caps
4. Ben Toolis (Edinburgh) – 12 caps
5. Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors) – 43 caps
6. Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh) – 2 caps
7. Hamish Watson (Edinburgh) – 20 caps
8. Ryan Wilson VICE CAPTAIN (Glasgow Warriors) – 37 caps
16. Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors) – 34 caps
17. Alex Allan (Glasgow Warriors) – 4 caps
18. Simon Berghan (Edinburgh) – 10 caps
19. Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh) – 25 caps
20. Matt Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) – 1 cap
21. George Horne (Glasgow Warriors) – 2 caps
22. Pete Horne (Glasgow Warriors) – 35 caps
23. Darcy Graham (Edinburgh) – uncapped
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