Stuart Hogg to lead Scotland against USA

- Stuart Hogg will captain his country for the first time as Gregor Townsend selects 10 Glasgow Warriors in his starting XV to face USA on Saturday. Head Coach Gregor Townsend has changed all but three of the starting team to face USA in Scotland’s second summer tour Test this Saturday at the BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas. Glasgow Warriors full-back Stuart Hogg will captain the side that features two starting debutants – Glasgow Warriors pair Matt Fagerson (back-row) and George Horne (scrum-half) – both of whom will make their first international appearances alongside elder brothers Zander and Pete. Lock Ben Toolis, wing Blair Kinghorn (both Edinburgh) and Sale Sharks wing Byron McGuigan are the three players to retain their places in a side that will see a further five players make their first start for Scotland at the home of the Houston Dynamos. They are Glasgow Warriors trio Jamie Bhatti (prop), George Turner (hooker) and Adam Hastings (stand-off), as well as Edinburgh lock Lewis Carmichael and back-row Luke Hamilton. Scotland Head Coach, Gregor Townsend, said: “We always planned to play as much of the squad as possible on this tour, and we also deliberately picked more Edinburgh players in the first game because their season finished earlier. “Now we welcome most of the Glasgow Warriors contingent into the team. On top of that there are seven players making their first starts for the country, which is really exciting, and we are looking forward to them going out and grabbing this opportunity. “The USA have won their last six games and scored a lot of points in the process. They’ve beaten two teams that have already qualified for the Rugby World Cup – Uruguay and Russia – and put 60 points on both of them. They are definitely improving as a team and are playing with a lot of confidence. “You can see in the way they attack and defend that they are well coached, added to which there are some exceptional individuals that offer running threats throughout their side, so this will be a real test for us on Saturday.” Saturday’s match will see the Fagerson [left] and Horne [right] brothers become the 48th and 49th brothers to play for Scotland, and the 22nd and 23rd pair of brothers to play together in the same Test match. It will be only the eighth time in close to 700 Scotland Tests when two sets of brothers have been on the field at the same time, joining the Evans and Lamont brothers (2010), Bulloch and Leslie brothers (2001), Milne and Hastings brothers (1990), and the Neilson and Orr brothers, who did so four times (1891-1892). The starting changes are completed by the selection of Glasgow Warriors forward Tim Swinson in the back-row with Hamilton and Matt Fagerson, while Glasgow Warriors centre Nick Grigg forms the midfield with clubmate Pete Horne. Scotland: 15 Stuart Hogg (c), 14 Blair Kinghorn, 13 Nick Grigg, 12 Pete Horne, 11 Byron McGuigan, 10 Adam Hastings, 9 George Horne, 8 Matt Fagerson, 7 Luke Hamilton, 6 Tim Swinson, 5 Ben Toolis, 4 Lewis Carmichael, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 George Turner, 1 Jamie BhattiReplacements: 16 Fraser Brown, 17 Allan Dell, 18 Murray McCallum, 19 Grant Gilchrist, 20 David Denton, 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22 Mark Bennett, 23 Dougie Fife Date: Saturday, June 16Venue: Compass Stadium, HoustonKick-off: 20:00 local (02:00 BST, 01:00 GMT)Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)Assistant referees: Shuhei Kubo (Japan), Federico Anselmi (Argentina)Television match official: David Grashoff (England) The post Stuart Hogg to lead Scotland against USA appeared first on Planet Rugby.


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