Townsend is asking his boys for something more after a shaky but successful performance last Saturday.
Gregor Townsend hasn’t changed much and is getting closer to outlining what a Rugby World Cup starting XI could be like: in the second leg against France, the Scotland coach confirms many of the elements that were reworked last week by beating Les Bleus. Start on Saturday 12 at 21.05 Italian, live on Sky Sport.
Rest time for Darcy Graham after two great games and place for Kyle Stein along with Van der Merwe and defenseman Kinghorn. In midfield we see expert Price alongside Russell and up front WP Nel becomes a starter after the suspension of Zander Fagerson, who, however, may already be back for his World Cup debut with South Africa.
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Captain is Jamie Ritchie, joined in the back row by Rory Darge and Jack Dempsey. The Gray-Gilchrist runner-up pair has been confirmed, with Turner up front to fill the role of a prostitute.
Townsend understands that it will take a better game than what was shown in the first 40 minutes to beat France, which will be much less experimental than last Saturday. In Saint-Etienne, the coach will want to see another step forward in preparation for the World Cup.
Scotland squad for the second match against France
15. Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh Rugby) 45 caps
14. Kyle Stein (Glasgow Warriors) – 11 caps
13. Hugh Jones (Glasgow Warriors) – 37 games.
12. Sione Tuipulotu (Glasgow Warriors), 17 caps
11. Doohan van der Merwe (Edinburgh, rugby), 29 caps
10. Finn Russell (rugby in the bath) – deputy captain – 70 matches.
9. Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors) 62 caps
1. Pierre Schuman (Edinburgh Rugby) 22 caps
2. George Turner (Glasgow Warriors), 36 games
3. WP Nel (Edinburgh Rugby) 54 matches
4. Richie Gray (Glasgow Warriors), 74 games
5. Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh Rugby) – vice-captain – 63 caps.
6. Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh Rugby) – captain – 41 caps
7. Rory Darge (Glasgow Warriors) 9 caps
8. Jack Dempsey (Glasgow Warriors) 10 caps
16. Stuart McInally (Edinburgh Rugby), 48 games
17. Rory Sutherland (separate) 24 caps
18. Yavan Sebastian (Edinburgh, Rugby) 4 caps
19. Scott Cummings (Glasgow Warriors), 27 games
20. Sam Skinner (Edinburgh, Rugby), 26 caps
21. Josh Bayliss (Bath Rugby) 4 caps
22. George Horn (Glasgow Warriors) – 21 games per game
23. Ollie Smith (Glasgow Warriors) 4 Caps
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