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USA v Scotland: Stuart Hogg captain, debuts for George Horne & Matt Fagerson

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USA v Scotland: Stuart Hogg captain, debuts for George Horne & Matt Fagerson

Hogg when win his 61st cap as he captains Scotland from full-back, with Blair Kinghorn transferring to the best wing
USA v Scotland
Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston Date: Sunday, 17 June Kick-off: 02:00 BST
Protection: Watch on BBC One Scotland (repeated ‘as dwell’ at 10:00 BST)& BBC Sport web site; textual content commentary on BBC Sport web site

Stuart Hogg will captain Scotland for the primary time in opposition to the USA.

Head coach Gregor Townsend makes 12 adjustments from the group that began final weekend’s 48-10 win over Canada.

Scrum-half George Horne and quantity eight Matt Fagerson make their debuts and are joined by their respective older brothers Peter and Zander.

Jamie Bhatti, George Turner, Adam Hastings, Lewis Carmichael and Luke Hamilton will even make their first worldwide begins in Houston, Texas.

Tour captain Stuart McInally stays injured and Grant Gilchrist, who the led the facet in Edmonton, drops to the bench, with full-back Hogg taking over the accountability for his 61st cap.

The three gamers retaining their beginning locations are lock Ben Toolis, Byron McGuigan and Blair Kinghorn, who strikes to the wing to accommodate Hogg.

The Fagerson and Horne siblings, who all play for the Glasgow Warriors, change into the 48th and 49th brothers to play for Scotland, whereas it’s the eighth time that two units of brothers have been on the sphere on the identical time.

Matt Fagerson is joined by Tim Swinson and Luke Hamilton within the Scotland again row

Townsend mentioned: “We at all times deliberate to play as a lot of the squad as potential on this tour and we additionally intentionally picked extra Edinburgh gamers within the first recreation as a result of their season completed earlier.

“Now we welcome many of the Glasgow Warriors contingent into the group. On high of that, there are seven gamers making their first begins for the nation, which is actually thrilling, and we’re trying ahead to them going out and grabbing this chance.

“The USA have gained their final six video games and scored numerous factors within the course of. They’ve crushed two groups which have already certified for the Rugby World Cup – Uruguay and Russia – and put 60 factors on each of them.

“They’re positively enhancing as a group and are taking part in with numerous confidence.

“You may see in the way in which they assault and defend that they’re effectively coached, added to which there are some distinctive people that provide operating threats all through their facet, so this will likely be an actual take a look at for us on Saturday.”

Scotland: Hogg (Glasgow Warriors), Kinghorn (Edinburgh), Grigg (Glasgow Warriors), P Horne (Glasgow Warriors), McGuigan (Sale Sharks), Hastings (Glasgow Warriors), G Horne (Glasgow Warriors), Bhatti (Glasgow Warriors), Turner (Glasgow Warriors), Z Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors), Carmichael (Edinburgh), Toolis (Edinburgh), Swinson (Glasgow Warriors), Hamilton (unattached), M Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors).

Replacements: Brown (Glasgow Warriors), Dell (Edinburgh), McCallum (Edinburgh), Gilchrist (Edinburgh), Denton (Leicester Tigers), Hidalgo-Clyne (Scarlets), Bennett (Edinburgh), Fife (Edinburgh).

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