6N: Kinghorn in for injured Seymour in only change to Scotland 15 for Dublin

Seymour has been struggling with a back injury

Blair Kinghorn
Blair Kinghorn scoring for Edinburgh against Krasny Yar. Image: ©Fotosport/David Gibson.

BLAIR Kinghorn will make his first start for Scotland against Ireland on Saturday, replacing the injured Tommy Seymour in the only change to the 15 that began the last two Six Nations victories. Seymour has been struggling with a back injury since hobbling off in the win over England 11 days ago, and the Scotland camp’s hopes earlier in the week that the Glasgow Warriors winger would be fit for the trip to Dublin have not been realised.

Edinburgh full-back Kinghorn, who made his debut as a replacement against England, takes over on the wing from Seymour, whose Glasgow team-mate Lee Jones comes on to the bench. Warriors hooker Fraser Brown is the only other change to the matchday 23 from the Calcutta Cup, replacing Scott Lawson among the substitutes.

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Stuart McInally starts at No 2, with Gordon Reid and Simon Berghan keeping their places either side of him. Willem Nel, Berghan’s fellow-tighthead prop who made his return from injury as a substitute against England, again has to be content with a place on the bench.

Scotland (v Ireland at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Saturday 2.15pm);

15 Stuart Hogg (Glasgow)

14 Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh)

13 Huw Jones (Glasgow)

12 Peter Horne (Glasgow)

11 Sean Maitland (Saracens)

10 Finn Russell (Glasgow)

9 Greig Laidlaw (Clermont Auvergne)


1 Gordon Reid (London Irish)

2 Stuart McInally (Edinburgh)

3 Simon Berghan (Edinburgh)

4 Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh)

5 Jonny Gray (Glasgow)

6 John Barclay (Scarlets)

7 Hamish Watson (Edinburgh)

8 Ryan Wilson (Glasgow)


16 Fraser Brown (Glasgow)

17 Jamie Bhatti (Glasgow)

18 Willem Nel (Edinburgh)

19 Tim Swinson (Glasgow)

20 David Denton (Worcester)

21 Ali Price (Glasgow)

22 Nick Grigg (Glasgow)

23 Lee Jones (Glasgow)

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