GREGOR TOWNSEND has selected a close to full-strength side for Scotland’s final World Cup warm-up match against Georgia at Murrayfield on Saturday, with George Turner, Pierre Schoeman, Richie Gray, Blair Kinghorn and the suspended Zander Fagerson the only players expected to start against South Africa on 10th September not involved.
Jamie Ritchie will lead the side from blindside flanker in a back-row which also features Rory Darge at openside and Jack Dempsey at No 8. Meanwhile, Ben White has recovered from his ankle injury to line-up at scrum-half, with Finn Russell as his half-backs partner.
Scotland (v Georgia at Murrayfield Stadium, Saturday 5.30pm): O Smith; D Graham, H Jones, S Tuipulotu, D van der Merwe; F Russell (VC), B White; J Bhatti, D Cherry, W Nel, S Skinner, G Gilchrist (VC), J Ritchie ©, R Darge, J Dempsey. Substitutes: E Ashman, R Sutherland, J Sebastian, S Cummings, M Fagerson, G Horne, B Healy, C Harris.