OLLIE SMITH will make his international debut in the third and deciding Test of Scotland’s summer series against Argentina at The Estadio Único Madre de Ciudades in Santiago Del Estero on Saturday night. The 21-year-old comes in at full-back for the injured Rory Hutchinson, as one of eight changes head coach Gregor Townsend has made to his starting XV following last weekend’s series-levelling win over the Pumas in Salta.
Elsewhere in the backline, Rufus McLean comes in on the wing for his third cap in place of the concussed Darcy Graham, Sione Tuipulotu replaces Sam Johnson at inside-centre, and Ali Price returns at scrum-half with Ben White dropping out the squad altogether following last weekend’s impressive first start in a Scotland jersey.
In the pack, loose-head prop Rory Sutherland, hooker Ewan Ashman, and second-rows Scott Cummings and Jonny Gray have been added to the side. The back-row is unchanged, and with Grant Gilchrist not involved this week, Hamish Watson has taken over captaincy of the team. This will be Zander Fagerson‘s 50th cap.
On the bench, Edinburgh second-row Glen Young is in line for a first cap, while George Horne will get his first involvement in the series as back-up to Price.
Meanwhile, Michael Chieka has made 11 changes to his starting XV including Lautaro Bazán Vélez coming in for his debut at scrum-half, just three months after switching back to fifteens from the Los Pumas 7’s squad. Edinburgh’s Emiliano Boffelli shifts from full-back to win.
Scotland (v Argentina at Estadio Único Madre de Ciudades, Santiago Del Estero, on Saturday @ 8.10pm): O Smith; R McLean, M Bennett, S Tuipulotu, D van der Merwe; B Kinghorn, A Price; R Sutherland, E Ashman, Z Fagerson, S Cummings, J Gray, R Darge, H Watson©, M Fagerson.
Replacements: D Cherry, P Schoeman, J Sebastian, G Young, A Christie, G Thompson, R Thompson, S Johnson.
Argentina: J Mallia; B Delguy, M Orlando, M Moroni, E Boffelli; S Carreras, L Bazan Velez; T Gallo, A Creevy, J Sclavi, G Petti, T Lavanni, P Matera©, S Grondona, F Isa.
Replacements: I Ruiz, N Tetez Chaparro, F Gomez Kodela, M Kremer, J Gonzalez, G Bertanou, T Albornoz, L Cinti.