Quadrangular Tournament: Scotland name three uncapped players in team to face South Africa

Last Updated: 14/06/13 12:15pm

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Peter Murchie: Will make his debut against the Spingboks on Saturday

Peter Murchie: Will make his debut against the Spingboks on Saturday

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Scotland have named three uncapped players in the team to face South Africa in Nelspruit on Saturday.

Full-back Peter Murchie, wing Tommy Seymour and lock Tim Swinson will all make their debuts at the Mbombela Stadium.

Scotland coach Scott Johnson has made seven changes to the side that crashed to a 27-17 defeat to Samoa in the opening round of the Quadrangular Tournament last weekend.

Fly-half Ruaridh Jackson replaces the concussed Tom Heathcote for his first start since the Six Nations win over Ireland in February.

There are two injury-enforced switches, Scott Lawson coming in for Pat MacArthur at hooker and flanker Ryan Wilson making his first start in place of Kelly Brown.

Alastair Kellock drops to the bench with Greig Tonks, Tim Visser and Grant Gilchrist all dropping out of the match-day 23.

"I'd said from before we left Scotland that we wanted to find out about players through this tour and, perhaps, because of circumstances, some of that is being accelerated," said Johnson.

"But there's no doubt for me that our three new caps, for example, have had strong seasons for Glasgow and have worked really diligently on the training fields out here to earn their chance.

"We've faced South Africa a fair bit in the last decade and right now they're the second best team in the world, playing on their own paddock, and with a win against Italy already under their belts.

"We have to be competitive and, once again, I'll reiterate that we have to get our accuracy and aggression 100% at breakdown to give ourselves the opportunity."

Scotland: 15 Peter Murchie, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Alex Dunbar, 12 Matt Scott, 11 Sean Lamont, 10 Ruaridh Jackson, 9 Greig Laidlaw (c); 1 Alasdair Dickinson, 2 Scott Lawson, 3 Euan Murray, Tim Swinson, 5 Jim Hamilton, 6 Alasdair Strokosch, 7 Ryan Wilson, 8 Johnnie Beattie.

Replacements: 16 Stevie Lawrie, 17 Jon Welsh, 18 Moray Low, 19 Alastair Kellock, 20 David Denton, 21 Henry Pyrgos, 22 Peter Horne, 23 Duncan Taylor.

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