Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has had to reshuffle his squad for the November Tests.


They face Wales at the Principality Stadium this Saturday and preparations have been somewhat disrupted with six alterations necessary to his squad.

Scotland will be looking to avenge their 34-7 defeat to Wales in the 6 Nations last February. The sides will compete for the ‘Doddie Weir Cup’. The match falls outside the international window so Townsend was already without several players including the likes of Finn Russell and Greig Laidlaw who are playing for their French clubs, while Stuart Hogg and Zander Ferguson are long-term injury absentees.

Harlequins back James Lang has been added to the squad for the 2018 Autumn Tests.

The 23-year-old made his first and second Scotland appearances on the summer tour earlier this year as part of the side that defeated Canada and Argentina in Edmonton and Resistencia.

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Lang has been drafted in as a replacement for injured Glasgow Warriors centre Sam Johnson, who sustained a knee injury in his club’s narrow Guinness PRO14 loss to Munster in Limerick on Saturday, and as cover for Edinburgh centre Matt Scott, who is suffering from concussion.


Meanwhile, the status of uncapped and in-form Edinburgh back Darcy Graham has been elevated from ‘training with’ the squad, to a full squad member.

The Scotland medical team also confirmed that back-row trio Magnus Bradbury, David Denton and Luke Crosbie (who was training with the squad) will return to the care of their clubs’ medical teams for further care and assessment on shoulder, head and jaw injuries respectively.

After the game against Wales in Cardiff, Scotland face Fiji on November 10th at Murrayfield, followed by games against South Africa and Argentina.

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