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Scotland forced into late change

Fri, 23 Nov 2012 13:53
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Scotland have been forced to draft Kyle Traynor into the team to face Tonga in Aberdeen on Saturday, after loosehead prop Ryan Grant was ruled out due to injury.

Grant failed a fitness test on a calf problem that he picked up in last weekend's 21-10 loss to South Africa.

Traynor's introduction to the starting line-up is the sixth change to the team beaten by the Springboks.

It will be his first cap in three years, after he was an unused replacement in the first two autumn Tests against New Zealand and South Africa.

Uncapped Glasgow prop Gordon Reid has been named on the bench.

Scotland: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Sean Lamont, 13 Max Evans, 12 Matt Scott, 11 Tim Visser, 10 Greig Laidlaw, 9 Henry Pyrgos, 8 David Denton, 7 Kelly Brown (captain), 6 Alasdair Strokosch, 5 Alastair Kellock, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Euan Murray, 2 Scott Lawson, 1 Kyle Traynor.
Replacements: 16 Dougie Hall, 17 Gordon Reid, 18 Geoff Cross, 19 Grant Gilchrist, 20 John Barclay, 21 Rory Lawson, 22 Tom Heathcote, 23 Nick de Luca.

Date: Saturday, November 24
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Kick-off: 15.00 (15.00 GMT)
Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)
Assistant referees: George Clancy (Ireland) and Marius Mitrea (Italy)
TMO: Gareth Simmonds (Wales)

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