Wilson to captain Scotland for first time

Wilson to captain Scotland for first time

Ryan Wilson will captain his country for the first time in his senior international career on Friday, after the back-rower was one of 12 Glasgow Warriors selected for Scotland’s final warm-up match ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

The 30-year-old will lead Gregor Townsend’s side out at BT Murrayfield for their clash with Georgia, as the squad looks to sign off from their summer series in style ahead of the flight to Japan.

Wilson returns to the starting lineup for the second Test in succession at the home of Scottish rugby, having missed last weekend’s victory in Tbilisi.

Jonny Gray makes his first appearance of the summer in the second-row, having shaken off a hamstring strain sustained earlier in pre-season.

He will partner club-mate Scott Cummings in the engine room, the same second-row pairing that started in the Guinness PRO14 Final at Celtic Park back in May.

Zander Fagerson is promoted to the starting XV following his appearance from the bench in Tbilisi, with the tighthead prop joined in the front-row by Glasgow team-mate George Turner.

Behind the scrum, Ali Price and Adam Hastings each start for the first time since opening match of the series in Nice as they look to set the tempo for Scotland’s back-line.

Sam Johnson starts for the second successive Test at inside-centre, having made an impressive return to action in Georgia last weekend.

Tommy Seymour completes the Glasgow contingent in the starting XV, following the winger’s successful completion of the return-to-play protocols after sustaining a concussion against France a fortnight ago.

Three more Warriors will be waiting in the wings for their chance to impress, with Grant Stewart joined by the Horne brothers on Scotland’s bench.

Scotland team to play Georgia at BT Murrayfield Stadium

Friday 6 September (kick-off 7.30pm) – live on Premier Sports

15. Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh) – 14 caps

14. Tommy Seymour VICE CAPTAIN (Glasgow Warriors) – 51 caps

13. Duncan Taylor (Saracens) – 22 caps

12. Sam Johnson (Glasgow Warriors) – 5 caps

11. Darcy Graham (Edinburgh) – 6 caps

10. Adam Hastings (Glasgow Warriors) – 13 caps

9. Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors) – 26 caps

1. Gordon Reid (Ayrshire Bulls) – 36 caps

2. George Turner (Glasgow Warriors) – 7 caps

3. Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) – 21 caps

4. Scott Cummings (Glasgow Warriors) – 3 caps

5. Jonny Gray VICE CAPTAIN (Glasgow Warriors) – 51 caps

6. Ryan Wilson CAPTAIN (Glasgow Warriors) – 44 caps

7. Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh) – 11 caps

8. Blade Thomson (Scarlets) – 1 cap


16. Grant Stewart (Glasgow Warriors) – 2 caps

17. Allan Dell (Edinburgh) – 24 caps

18. Simon Berghan (Edinburgh) – 21 caps

19. Ben Toolis (Edinburgh) – 20 caps

20. Magnus Bradbury (Edinburgh) – 7 caps

21. George Horne (Glasgow Warriors) – 6 caps

22. Pete Horne (Glasgow Warriors) – 42 caps

23. Chris Harris (Gloucester) – 9 caps

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