Scotland Team Named For Six Nations Opener With Italy

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Glasgow Warriors centre Sam Johnson will make his Scotland debut in this Saturday’s Guinness Six Nations opener against Italy at BT Murrayfield Stadium.

The Australia-born midfielder is one of three uncapped players named in the match-day 23, with former Fosroc Academy and Leicester Tigers hooker Jake Kerr joined by Newcastle Falcons back-row Gary Graham on the bench.

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Johnson is one of six personnel changes to the team that started Scotland’s final home Autumn Test win over Argentina. Glasgow Warriors wing Tommy Seymour replaces Saracens’ Sean Maitland, who has failed to recover sufficiently from a hamstring injury sustained while representing his club side.

The four remaining changes come in the pack, where hooker Stuart McInally, lock Ben Toolis, and back-row forwards Sam Skinner and Ryan Wilson start in place of injured trio Fraser Brown (knee), Jonny Gray (shoulder) and Hamish Watson (hand), and Josh Strauss, who moves to the bench.