Scotland announce team to play Australia in autumn Test

Zander Fagerson will make his first start for Scotland against Australia. Picture: SNS

Zander Fagerson will make his first start for Scotland against Australia. Picture: SNS

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Props Zander Fagerson and Alan Dell will make their first starts for Scotland in Saturday’s Test match against Australia at BT Murrayfield.

Glasgow tighthead Fagerson has won one cap off the bench previously but Edinburgh loosehead Dell will be getting his first taste of international rugby.

The inexperienced pair will be joined in the front row by the vastly experienced hooker Ross Ford, who wins his 100th cap.

He follows in the footsteps of Scotland’s two other cap centurions in the men’s game, record cap holder Chris Paterson (109) and Sean Lamont (105).

Scotland coach Vern Cotter has picked a centre pairing of Alex Dunbar and Huw Jones, with Peter Horne on the bench. There is no Mark Bennett in the squad and Tommy Seymour is absent due to personal reasons.

In-form Edinburgh openside flanker Hamish Watson is preferred to his clubmate John Hardie, who takes his place on the bench.

Glasgow scrum-half Ali Price is also on the bench rather than Henry Pyrgos.

Cotter, said: “Congratulations first to Ross Ford on reaching this special milestone. It’s fantastic for him and his family that he’ll achieve it in front of the home fans at BT Murrayfield, who I’m sure will give him a great reception.

“To play 100 Test matches for your country is an incredible achievement, with his lasting dedication keeping him among the best hookers in the world for a decade.

“He is a consummate professional and, at 32, he has plenty left to give in a Scotland jersey.”

The long-awaited fixture between the two nations is on target to be played in front of a home record crowd for the fixture, surpassing the previous highest attendance set more than ten years ago (64,120).

Cotter added: “It’s been eight months since we last played at home so the players are desperate to get out there and put in another winning performance in front of our home support.

“We’ve prepared well over the past couple of weeks in camp, with the players working hard technically and tactically for what will undoubtedly be a tough Test match against one of the world’s top teams.

“We must not relent in our pursuit of success and to do the Scottish people proud.”

Scotland team to play Australia at BT Murrayfield Stadium (kick-off 2.30pm)

15 Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors)

14 Sean Maitland (Saracens)

13 Huw Jones (Stormers)

12 Alex Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors)

11 Tim Visser (Harlequins)

10 Finn Russell (Glasgow Warriors)

9 Greig Laidlaw CAPTAIN (Gloucester)

1 Allan Dell (Edinburgh Rugby)

2 Ross Ford (Edinburgh Rugby)

3 Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors)

4 Richie Gray (Toulouse)

5 Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors)

6 John Barclay (Scarlets)

7 Hamish Watson (Edinburgh Rugby)

8 Ryan Wilson (Glasgow Warriors)

Substitutes

16 Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors)

17 Gordon Reid (Glasgow Warriors)

18 Moray Low (Exeter Chiefs)

19 Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh Rugby)

20 John Hardie (Edinburgh Rugby)

21 Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors)

22 Pete Horne (Glasgow Warriors)

23 Rory Hughes (Glasgow Warriors)

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