Scott Johnson gives three players Scotland debuts against Samoa
Last Updated: 04/06/13 5:03pm
Alex Dunbar: Glasgow centre to make international debut
Scotland head coach Scott Johnson will give three players their international debuts against Samoa as the four-nation tournament kicks off in Durban on Saturday.
Glasgow duo centre Alex Dunbar and hooker Pat MacArthur and Edinburgh full-back Greig Tonks have been selected to start the match by the Australian ahead of facing hosts South Africa the following weekend.
The team shows five personnel changes and one positional alteration from that beaten 23-16 by France in March in a final-round Six Nations match.
Bath fly-half Tom Heathcote and Perpignan lock Alastair Kellock are the other inclusions while Sean Lamont moves from outside centre to the right wing.
Edinburgh's Stevie Lawrie, Peter Horne of Glasgow and Saracens' Duncan Taylor could also make their Scotland debuts off the replacements bench.
Johnson said: "We have 25 Tests available to us before the World Cup and I have said regularly that we are not going to give Test jerseys away.
"But we cannot be exposed to injury issues and the best way to prevent that is to give players opportunities."
Scotland have won seven of eight internationals against the Pacific islanders since they first met 22 years ago with the other ending in a 15-15 draw.
The Springboks host Italy in the other Durban Test and there will be further double-headers on June 15 in Nelspruit and June 22 in Pretoria.
South Africa, Scotland and Samoa are in the same group for the 2015 World Cup in England and Wales.
Scotland: Tonks; Lamont, Dunbar, Scott, Visser; Heathcote, Laidlaw; Grant, MacArthur, Murray, Gilchrist, Kellock, Strokosch, Brown (capt), Beattie.
Replacements: Lawrie, Dickinson, Cross, Hamilton, Wilson, Pyrgos, Horne, Taylor.