Blair Kinghorn to make his first start for Scotland against Ireland

Blair Kinghorn to make his first start for Scotland against Ireland
The on-form Edinburgh wing replaces the injured Tommy Seymour in Gregor Townsend’s only change.

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has made one change to his team as Edinburgh back Blair Kinghorn will make his first Scotland start in place of injured Lions winger Tommy Seymour for this Saturday’s Six Nations Test against an unbeaten Ireland side.

Seymour's failure to recover from a back injury which led to the only change to the side that defeated England 25-13.

Townsend made one further change to the replacements bench as Fraser Brown replaces injured Scott Lawson.

“We were delighted with the result against England and backing up our win against France with an improved performance,” said Townsend.

“The intent we showed in attack and defence in the first half was very encouraging and we continued to work hard in the second-half. The effort that went into denying England a second try in the closing minutes was great to see.

“Our players had prepared very well for the challenge of taking on England and there has been a similar focus and commitment this week at training.

“There are a few areas of our game that we are working to improve and we are aware that we will have to be better if we are to beat a very good Ireland side in Dublin.”

Scotland team: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Blair Kinghorn, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Pete Horne, 11 Sean Maitland, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Greig Laidlaw, 8 Ryan Wilson, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 John Barclay (c), 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Grant Gilchrist, 3 Simon Berghan, 2 Stuart McInally, 1 Gordon Reid

Substitutes: 16 Fraser Brown, 17 Jamie Bhatti, 18 Willem Nel, 19 Tim Swinson, 20 David Denton, 21 Ali Price, 22 Nick Grigg, 23 Lee Jones


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