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The dice were rolled by Gregor Townsend. The unavailability of Finn Russell, Adam Hastings or Stuart Hogg moves Blair Kinghorn from the wing to the outer half. While today’s opponents shouldn’t be the harshest test, it is always difficult to put together an international team, especially one with the complexity of a Townsend attack.
There is an attacking debut for Pierre Schoeman and Jamie Hodgson as well as a return for Rob Harley. In the rear, Sione Tuipulotu and Rufus McLean from Glasgow won their first caps.
Tonga have concocted a team on the edge of leagues and age. Veteran Kurt Morath wears the jersey 10 at 37, while Loni Uhila makes his debut at 32 after being called up from Federale 1 in France. But there is also quality here, with Captain Takalua an experienced operator and Walter Fifita of the Glasgow Warriors.
Scotland: Darcy Graham; Kyle Steyn, Sione Tuipulotu, Sam Johnson, Rufus McLean; Blair Kinghorn, Ali Price; Pierre Schoeman, George Turner, Zander Fagerson, Jamie Hodgson, Rob Harley, Jamie Ritchie, Hamish Watson, Matt Fagerson.
Substitutes: Stuart McInally, Jamie Bhatti, Oli Kebble, Marshall Sykes, Luke Crosbie, Nick Haining, Jamie Dobie, Ross Thompson.
Tonga: James Faiva; Atunaisa Manu, Mailetoa Hingano, Vaea Vaea, Walter Fifita; Kurt Morath, Sonatane Takulua (captain); Loni Uhila, Maile Ngauamo, David Lolohea, Halaleva Fifita, Setofano Funaki, Tanginoa Halaifonua, Fotu Lokotui, Valentino Mapapalangi.
Substitutes: Suia Maile, Jethro Felemi, Toma Taufa, Dan Faleafa, Onehunga Havili, Mateaki Kafatolu, Aisea Halo, Navarre Haisila
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