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Scotland ring changes ahead of South Africa tie

Scotland coach Gregor Townsend has made a couple of changes in the starting line-up for South Africa test set for Saturday in Edinburg.
From his side that ran in eight tries during a 54-17 thrashing of Fiji last weekend, Townsend has made six changes.  Loose forward Matt Fagerson has not recovered sufficiently from the dead leg he sustained against Fiji.
Sam Skinner, Scotland’s man-of-the-match against Fiji, has been switched to blindside flank after making his Test debut at lock while Jonny Gray and Ben Toolis return to form the second-row partnership. Hamish Watson returns to the back row. Vice-captain Stuart McInally starts at hooker and is joined by London Irish prop Gordon Reid at loosehead prop. Centre Huw Jones will be the only change in the backs.
Townsend also said Springboks had grafted a handling game onto their traditional strengths of a strong forward pack and astute tactical kicking. Responding to the challenge of the springboks, Townsend has warned his side will have to up their game when they face an “ambitious” South Africa at Murrayfield on Saturday.
Scotland: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Pete Horne, 11 Sean Maitland, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Greig Laidlaw (captain), 8 Ryan Wilson, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Sam Skinner, 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Ben Toolis, 3 Willem Nel, 2 Stuart McInally, 1 Gordon Reid.
Replacements: 16 Fraser Brown, 17 Allan Dell, 18 Simon Berghan, 19 Josh Strauss, 20 Jamie Ritchie, 21 Ali Price, 22 Adam Hastings, 23 Chris Harris.

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