Test Match: Townsend ha scelto la sua prima Scozia

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Alba Ovale – 2016

Gregor Townsend ha annunciato oggi la formazione della Scozia che sabato a Singapore (kick off 1pm ora di Edimburgo) scenderà in campo contro l’Italia nel primo test estivo, che segnerà il debutto di Toony come head coach.

Ci sono nove cambi rispetto al XV che ha battuto gli Azzurri (29-0) nell’ultima gara dello scorso RBS 6 Nations, giocatasi al BT Murrayfield; due di questi sono forzati dall’assenza di Stuart Hogg e Tommy Seymour – impegnati coi British & Irish Lions nel Tour in NZ.

Al loro posto Toony schiera Damien Hoyland all’ala e Duncan Taylor estremo, che torna a vestire il Dark Blue dopo un anno – ultima presenza del versatile trequarti dei Saracens, infatti, era nel tour della scorsa estate in Giappone.

Tim Visser completa il triangolo allargato, mentre al centro si rivede Matt Scott che farà coppia con Alex Dunbar. Mediana tutta “made in Glasgow” con Finn Russell e Ali Price.

Pack a tinte rossonere con la prima linea tutta di Edinburgh Rugby; Allan Dell e Willem Nel, infatti, affiancano Ross Ford, mentre in seconda linea coppia inedita formata dal Warrior Tim Swinson e da uno dei nostri favoriti, Ben Toolis.

In terza linea, infine, l’ex Warrior Josh Strauss e il Gunner John Hardie affiancano capitan John Barclay, fresco del trionfo in Guinness PRO12 coi suoi Scarlets, in terza linea.

We’ve really enjoyed our time in Singapore and have worked hard early in the week to get over the travel and get used to the climate,” ha detto Townsend al sito della Scottish Rugby.

Matt Scott Gloucester
Alba Ovale – 2017

“We’ve a great support team who have provided the advice that we needed to get over the travel as quickly as possible and our players are very professional in their application of these protocols, looking after themselves, taking on a lot of water and getting in the pool after sessions so that we’re in a good place going into the rest of this week.

“A lot of work was also done before we got here. We had three good weeks in camp before we arrived where we covered general rugby principles more specific organisation, as well as getting back up to match speed and intensity.

“Italy were developing their game into one that has them playing at pace and you could see that building throughout the Six Nations.

“They moved the ball and played some really good rugby although we expect they will still look to their strengths, which is undoubtedly their physicality that comes through their set-piece, an excellent lineout maul and a number of strong, quality ball carriers in the backline.”


15. Duncan Taylor (Saracens) – 18 caps
14. Damien Hoyland (Edinburgh Rugby) – 2 caps
13. Matt Scott (Gloucester) – 37 caps
12. Alex Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors) – 24 caps
11. Tim Visser (Harlequins) – 31 caps
10. Finn Russell (Glasgow Warriors) – 27 caps
9. Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors) – 5 caps
1. Allan Dell (Edinburgh Rugby) – 8 caps
2. Ross Ford (Edinburgh Rugby) – 107 caps
3. Willem Nel (Edinburgh Rugby) – 15 caps
4. Tim Swinson (Glasgow Warriors) – 29 caps
5. Ben Toolis (Edinburgh Rugby) – 1 cap
6. John Barclay CAPTAIN (Scarlets) – 60 caps
7. John Hardie (Edinburgh Rugby) – 15 caps
8. Josh Strauss (Sale Sharks) – 11 caps

16. Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors) – 25 caps
17. Gordon Reid (London Irish) – 24 caps
18. Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) – 9 caps
19. Rob Harley (Glasgow Warriors) – 19 caps
20. Magnus Bradbury (Edinburgh Rugby) – 1 cap
21. Ryan Wilson (Glasgow Warriors) – 27 caps
22. Henry Pyrgos (Glasgow Warriors) – 21 caps
23. Pete Horne (Glasgow Warriors) – 23 caps



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