Rugby-Gilchrist to captain Scotland against Argentina

FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union - Autumn International - Scotland v Japan - BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland, Britain - November 20, 2021 Scotland's Grant Gilchrist in action Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes

(Reuters) - Grant Gilchrist will captain Scotland for the first time in four years while Luke Crosbie will make his first start for the country in the first test against Argentina at San Salvador de Jujuy on Saturday.

Centre Mark Bennett will make his first start since 2016 having forced his way back into the Scotland setup after last month being named as Edinburgh's Player of the Season.

British & Irish Lion Duhan van der Merwe returns on the wing after being suspended for the last two games of the Six Nations, where Scotland beat Italy away but then lost in Ireland.

Scotland did not take Stuart Hogg or Finn Russell on tour -- electing to rest their two key backs -- and Adam Hastings withdrew because of injury before their departure for South America, so Blair Kinghorn will be employed at stand off, partnering with Ali Price.

Rory Hutchinson starts at fullback, with his last appearance coming in 2020 when he came off the bench against Italy.

After missing the majority of the Six Nations, having picked up an injury against England, Lions prop Rory Sutherland is named on the bench.


15. Rory Hutchinson - Northampton Saints - 5 caps

14. Darcy Graham - Edinburgh Rugby - 27 caps

13. Mark Bennett - Edinburgh Rugby - 24 caps

12. Sam Johnson - Glasgow Warriors - 24 caps

11. Duhan van der Merwe - Worcester Warriors - 16 caps

10. Blair Kinghorn - Edinburgh Rugby - 31 caps

9. Ali Price - Glasgow Warriors - 51 caps

1. Pierre Schoeman - Edinburgh Rugby - 9 caps

2. George Turner - Glasgow Warriors - 25 caps

3. Zander Fagerson - Glasgow Warriors - 47 caps

4. Grant Gilchrist - Edinburgh Rugby 53 caps

5. Jonny Gray - Exeter Chiefs - 67 caps

6. Magnus Bradbury - Edinburgh Rugby - 18 caps

7. Luke Crosbie - Edinburgh Rugby - 1 cap

8. Matt Fagerson - Glasgow Warriors - 21 caps


16. Ewan Ashman - Sale Sharks - 2 caps

17. Rory Sutherland - Worcester Warriors - 18 caps

18. Javan Sebastian - Scarlets - 1 cap

19. Sam Skinner - Exeter Chiefs - 20 caps

20. Rory Darge - Glasgow Warriors - 4 caps

21. Ben White - London Irish - 4 caps

22. Ross Thompson - Glasgow Warriors - 1 cap

23. Sione Tuipulotu - Glasgow Warriors - 5 caps

(Writing by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by Toby Davis)

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