Scotland make three changes for Wales clash


Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has made three changes to his side ahead of their final Six Nations game against Wales on Saturday.

Scotland are set to play Wales in the only Six Nations fixture scheduled to go ahead this weekend amid the coronavirus outbreak, after France vs. Ireland and Italy vs. England were both postponed indefinitely.

All three changes have come in the forward line, with hooker Stuart McInally, back-row Magnus Bradbury and second-row Sam Skinner drafted into the starting lineup, while hooker Fraser Brown and second-row Scott Cummings have been moved to the bench. Back-row Nick Haining is unavailable for the Test through illness.

The rest of the side is unchanged from the team that upset France 28-17 at Murrayfield last weekend.

“We set out this season to improve our consistency over a run of five tough games, something we have done well so far,” Townsend said in a statement.

“We’ve stayed in the fight in every game, which is a credit to how hard the players have worked in training and during the Tests.

“We’ve still got a lot to improve on and we’ll have to fight even harder on Saturday in Cardiff, which is one of the best and toughest places to play Test rugby.

“It will be a fantastic occasion and one last opportunity to play to our potential in this championship.”

Scotland starting XV to face Wales

Stuart Hogg, Sean Maitland, Chris Harris, Sam Johnson, Blair Kinghorn, Adam Hastings, Ali Price, Rory Sutherland, Stuart McInally, Zander Fagerson, Sam Skinner, Grant Gilchrist, Jamie Ritchie, Hamish Watson, Magnus Bradbury.

Replacements: Fraser Brown, Allan Dell, Willem Nel, Scott Cummings, Matt Fagerson, George Horne, Duncan Weir, Kyle Steyn.


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