Argentina v Scotland: Gregor Townsend names team for first Test

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SCOTLAND head coach Gregor Townsend has named Luke Crosbie as starting openside flanker for Saturday night’s summer tour Test Series opener against Argentina in JuJuy. The Edinburgh man, who captained the side in last weekend’s non-cap match against Chile, gets the nod ahead of Rory Darge, who is on the bench, with Magnus Bradbury and Matt  Fagerson taking on the other two back-row slots. Flanker Hamish Watson, fellow back-row Andy Chrystie and winger Kyle Rowe are the only three players from the 39-strong squad which flew out to South America last week who have not featured in the match-day squad for either the Chile or this match. Meanwhile, it is the same starting front-five as was sent out against Ireland in the final game of Scotland’s Six Nations campaign, with Grant Gilchrist skippering the side. Five player released from Scotland’s summer tour squad Six Nations U20 Summer Series: seven changes for Scots ahead of Italy clash Edinburgh and Glasgow Warriors discover next season’s European pool stage opponents The No 15 jersey has been handed to Northampton Saints utility-back Rory Hutchinson, while Mark Bennett gets the nod at outside centre ahead of Sione Tuipulotu (who is a substitute). Ewan Ashman will cover hooker from the bench, with Rory Sutherland – who was a tourist with the Lions last summer but has had an injury-ravaged 2021-22 season – covering loose-head prop and Javan Sebastian back-up tight-head. Sam Skinner, who joins Edinburgh Rugby for the new season, is also selected as a replacement. London Irish scrum-half Ben White is included as replacement scrum-half, with fellow half-back Ross Thompson also named on the bench.   Scotland (v Argentina at Estadio 23 de Agosto, JuJuy, on Saturday @ 8.10pm): R Hutchinson; D Graham, M Bennett, S Johnson, D van der Merwe; B Kinghorn, A Price (VC); P Schoeman, G Turner, Z Fagerson, G Gilchrist, J Gray, M Bradbury, L Crosbie, M Fagerson. Replacements: E Ashman, R Sutherland, J Sebastian, S Skinner, R Darge, B White, R Thompson, S Tuipulotu. Scotland to play World Cup warm-ups against USA and Spain The post Argentina v Scotland: Gregor Townsend names team for first Test appeared first on The Offside Line.

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