Scotland change eight for Wallabies

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 05:45
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Scotland have been in scintillating form of late, beating Wales and Ireland during the Six Nations before defeating Italy 34-13 in Singapore last weekend.

Coach Gregor Townsend opted to make eight changes, picking an entirely new front row and back three for his team's clash against the Wallabies

He said it was a chance to blood different players.

"We're keen on this tour to make sure that players that are close to selection got an opportunity and a few of them got an opportunity last week and some do this week," he said, adding that it will be a tough game against Australia.

"Australia are one of the best teams in the world, so this will be a much tougher challenge than our game last week. The Wallabies DNA is about moving the ball and they have always been one of the best-attacking teams in the game."

Lee Jones takes the place of Damien Hoyland on the wing to end a five-year absence from national duty and is joined by Rory Hughes and fullback Greig Tonks.

Last week's front-row replacements were handed a chance to impress from the off, meaning Gordon Reid, Fraser Brown and Zander Fagerson all start.

Scotland: 15 Greig Tonks, 14 Lee Jones, 13 Alex Dunbar, 12 Duncan Taylor, 11 Rory Hughes, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Ali Price, 8 Ryan Wilson, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 John Barclay (captain), 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Ben Toolis, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 Fraser Brown, 1 Gordon Reid.
Replacements: 16 Ross Ford, 17 Allan Dell, 18 Willem Nel, 19 Tim Swinson, 20 Josh Strauss, 21 Henry Pyrgos, 22 Ruaridh Jackson, 23 Matt Scott.

Date: Saturday, June 17
Venue: Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Kick-off: 15.00 (06.00 UK time; 05.00 GMT)
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant referees: Matthew Carley (England), Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
TMO: TBC

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