SCOTLAND head coach Gregor Townsend has made six changes to the side he sent out against Australia last weekend ahead of Saturday’s clash against Fiji at Murrayfield.
Four exile players who were not available for the Wallabies Test are added straight into the starting backline with Adam Hastings replacing the benched Blair Kinghorn at stand-off, Cam Redpath and Chris Harris forming an all-new centre partnership, and Stuart Hogg coming in at full-back.
Meanwhile, Glasgow Warriors duo Richie Gray and George Turner have replaced injured Edinburgh pair Sam Skinner and Dave Cherry in the second-row and at hooker respectively.
Skinner dropped out of the squad with a foot injury earlier this week while Cherry’s unavailability with a hamstring issue was revealed an hour before the team was announced this [Thursday] afternoon. Fraser Brown has been added to the training squad but won’t feature on Saturday as Ewan Ashman has been named as the back-up hooker.
Glasgow Warriors tight-head prop Murphy Walker will make his Scotland debut if called upon off the bench. While four more exile players who were not available last week are named as replacements in the shape of hooker Ashman, loose-head prop Rory Sutherland, second-row Jonny Gray and scrum-half Ben White.
Back-row Jack Dempsey, Kinghorn and utility-back Sione Tuipulotu are the other back replacements.
Scotland (v Fiji at Murrayfield, Saturday @ 1pm): S Hogg; D Graham, C Harris (VC), C Redpath, D van der Merwe; A Hastings, A Price ; P Schoeman, G Turner, Z Fagerson, R Gray, G Gilchrist (VC), J Ritchie©, H Watson, M Fagerson. Substitutes: E Ashman, R Sutherland, M Walker, J Gray, J Dempsey, B White, B Kinghorn, S Tuipulotu.
Fiji: K Murimurivalu; S Tuicuvu, W Nayacalevu, K Ravouvou, V Habosi; V Botitu, F Lomani; E Mawi, S Matavesi, M Saulo, T Mayanavanua, R Rotuisolia, A Tuisue, L Botia, V Mata. Substitutes: T Ikanivere, L Natave, L Tagi, A Ratuniyara, K Kamikmaica, P Matawalu, T Tela, S Maqala.