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Scotland change two starters and overhaul their bench

By Liam Heagney
(Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)

Gregor Townsend has named a Scotland team that will host Argentina this Saturday at BT Murrayfield that shows just two changes from the XV beaten 23-31 last Sunday by the All Blacks. Jonny Gray will replace his suspended brother Richie at lock while ex-Australian international Jack Dempsey is included in the back row in place of the injured Hamish Watson.

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That decision has caused a back row reshuffle. With Dempsey named at No8, Matt Fagerson has switched to blindside while skipper Jamie Ritchie has swapped over to the No7 jersey vacated by Watson. The 28-year-old Dempsey made his Scotland debut three weeks ago versus the Wallabies.

Meanwhile, the Scotland bench has been overhauled with half-backs Ben White and Blair Kinghorn the only two repeat reserve picks. George Turner, Jamie Bhatti, Murphy Walker, Glen Young and Andy Christie are the sub pack changes with Cameron Redpath named as this weekend’s 23rd man.

Scotland (vs Argentina, Saturday)
15. Stuart Hogg (Exeter Chiefs) 95 caps
14. Darcy Graham (Edinburgh Rugby) 32 caps
13. Chris Harris – Vice Captain – (Gloucester Rugby) 38 caps
12. Sione Tuipulotu (Glasgow Warriors) 10 caps
11. Duhan van der Merwe (Edinburgh Rugby) 22 caps
10. Finn Russell (Racing 92) 64 caps
9. Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors) 57 caps
1. Pierre Schoeman (Edinburgh Rugby) 15 caps
2. Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors) 56 caps
3. Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) 53 caps
4. Jonny Gray (Exeter Chiefs) 71 caps
5. Grant Gilchrist – Vice Captain – (Edinburgh Rugby) 58 caps
6. Matt Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) 27 caps
7. Jamie Ritchie – Captain – (Edinburgh Rugby) 35 caps
8. Jack Dempsey (Glasgow Warriors) 3 caps

Replacements:
16. George Turner (Glasgow Warriors) 29 caps
17. Jamie Bhatti (Glasgow Warriors) 23 caps
18. Murphy Walker (Glasgow Warriors) 1 cap
19. Glen Young (Edinburgh Rugby) 2 caps
20. Andy Christie (Saracens) 3 caps
21. Ben White (London Irish) 8 caps
22. Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh Rugby) 37 caps
23. Cameron Redpath (Bath Rugby) 3 caps

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