Townsend makes two changes to his starting lineup, Dempsey earns first start against Argentina

Townsend makes two changes to his starting lineup, Dempsey earns first start against Argentina

Jack Dempsey earns his first test start for Scotland against Argentina on Saturday.

The former Australian international comes into the starting XV after two appearances from the bench. He comes in at no.8 with Hamish Watson falling out of the squad due to injury. Jamie Ritchie and Matt Fagerson start at openside and blindside respectively.

Jonny Gray and Grant Gilchrist partner in the second-row, with Richie Gray ruled out through suspension. Fraser Brown packs down at hooker, with Pierre Schoeman and Zander Fagerson either side of him.

In the backs, the same back three start for the third consecutive game, with Duhan van der Merwe and Darcy Graham on the wings and Stuart Hogg at full-back.

Sione Tuipulotu and Vice-Captain Chris Harris are selected in the centres, meanwhile, Ali Price and Finn Russell make up the half-back pairing for the second successive week in a row.

Argentina are familiar foes for Scotland, having faced them three times already this year in the summer. Scotland lost the first test before recording a memorable victory in Salta. In the final match of the series in Santiago Del Estero, Scotland were edged out by a dramatic last minute try.

Scotland team to face Argentina in the Autumn Nations Series on Saturday 19 November at BT Murrayfield, kick-off 3.15pm, live on Amazon Prime Video.
15. Stuart Hogg (Exeter Chiefs) 95 caps
14. Darcy Graham (Edinburgh Rugby) 32 caps
13. Chris Harris – Vice Captain – (Gloucester Rugby) 38 caps
12. Sione Tuipulotu (Glasgow Warriors) 10 caps
11. Duhan van der Merwe (Edinburgh Rugby) 22 caps
10. Finn Russell (Racing 92) 64 caps
9. Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors) 57 caps

1. Pierre Schoeman (Edinburgh Rugby) 15 caps
2. Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors) 56 caps
3. Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) 53 caps
4.Jonny Gray (Exeter Chiefs) 71 caps
5. Grant Gilchrist – Vice Captain – (Edinburgh Rugby) 58 caps
6. Matt Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) 27 caps
7. Jamie Ritchie – Captain – (Edinburgh Rugby) 35 caps
8. Jack Dempsey (Glasgow Warriors) 3 caps


16. George Turner (Glasgow Warriors) 29 caps
17. Jamie Bhatti (Glasgow Warriors) 23 caps
18. Murphy Walker (Glasgow Warriors) 1 cap
19. Glen Young (Edinburgh Rugby) 2 caps
20. Andy Christie (Saracens) 3 caps
21. Ben White (London Irish) 8 caps
22. Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh Rugby) 37 caps
23. Cameron Redpath (Bath Rugby) 3 caps

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