Blair Kinghorn given Scotland vote of confidence at No 10 from ‘huge believer’ Gregor Townsend


Scotland's Blair Kinghorn in action during the first Test against Argentina in Jujuy. (Photo by Pablo Gasparini/AFP via Getty Images)
Scotland’s Blair Kinghorn in motion through the first Take a look at in opposition to Argentina in Jujuy. (Picture by Pablo Gasparini/AFP by way of Getty Photographs)

The Scots want a victory in Salta on Saturday to provide themselves an opportunity of successful the three-match collection after dropping the opener 28-16 final weekend.

Kinghorn, transformed from back-three participant to stand-off this season, didn’t spark the Scotland assault within the first half in Jujuy however helped create two second-half tries.

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Townsend stated he was a “huge believer” within the Edinburgh man and had been impressed by the participant’s response this week.

“He’s educated properly, he’s a part of our assault management group and has contributed very well in that,” stated the coach. “We’re huge believers in Blair when it comes to what he can do individually and likewise how he can lead our group.

“Blair has been very constant for Edinburgh this 12 months. Very constant. Whereas he would have needed to play higher final week, it’s all a part of the educational and rising expertise and course of that now we have as gamers, particularly the gamers who should make quite a lot of choices.”

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Townsend has made 5 adjustments to his beginning XV for the second Take a look at however just one within the backs the place scrum-half Ben White is available in for Ali Value for his first begin for Scotland.

Watson replaces Luke Crosbie at openside flanker and could have Rory Darge alongside him within the again row. The Glasgow Warriors man is most popular to Magnus Bradbury and can put on the No 6 jersey however is extra accustomed to taking part in openside. Watson and Darge performed collectively within the last two matches of the Six Nations, in opposition to Italy and Eire.

Dave Cherry replaces George Turner at hooker and Sam Skinner is picked at lock forward of Jonny Grey.

London Irish winger Kyle Rowe is in line for his Scotland debut after being named among the many replacements. He might be joined on the bench by Jamie Bhatti – who takes over from Rory Sutherland as loosehead cowl – lock Scott Cummings and back-rower Andy Christie.

Scotland (v Argentina, Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta, Saturday, 8.10pm BST)

15. Rory Hutchinson – Northampton Saints – 6 caps

14. Darcy Graham – Edinburgh – 28 caps

13. Mark Bennett – Edinburgh – 25 caps

12. Sam Johnson – Glasgow Warriors – 25 caps

11. Duhan van der Merwe – Worcester Warriors – 17 caps

10. Blair Kinghorn – Edinburgh – 32 caps

9. Ben White – London Irish – 5 caps

1. Pierre Schoeman – Edinburgh – 10 caps

2. Dave Cherry – Edinburgh – 5 caps

3. Zander Fagerson – Glasgow Warriors – 48 caps

4. Sam Skinner – Edinburgh – 21 caps

5. Grant Gilchrist – Edinburgh – (captain) – 54 caps

6. Rory Darge – Glasgow Warriors – 5 caps

7. Hamish Watson – Edinburgh (vice-captain) – 49 caps

8. Matt Fagerson – Glasgow Warriors – 22 caps


16. George Turner – Glasgow Warriors – 26 caps

17. Jamie Bhatti – Glasgow Warriors – 22 caps

18. Javan Sebastian – Scarlets – 2 caps

19. Scott Cummings – Glasgow Warriors – 21 caps

20. Andy Christie – Saracens – 1 cap

21. Ali Value – Glasgow Warriors – 52 caps

22. Ross Thompson – Glasgow Warriors – 1 cap

23. Kyle Rowe – London Irish – uncapped

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