Finn Russell to start for Scotland against New Zealand

Finn Russell has returned back to Scotland side
Finn Russell has returned back to Scotland side

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has named Racing 92 fly-half Finn Russell in the starting line up for the upcoming autumn international fixture against New Zealand to be played at Murrayfield on Sunday.

Russell, who was not part of the initial Scotland squa will replace injured Adam Hastings at number 10 with Blair Kinghorn providing impact from the bench.

Sione Tuipulotu has been drafted at inside centre joining vice captain Chris Harris in the midfield with Cameron Redpath released from the squad.

The final change sees Fraser Brown comes in as the preferred hooker over George Turner, who is sidelined by an injury.

Meanwhile, WP Nel is set to win his 50th cap for the Dark Blues from the bench which also sees the return of Mark Bennett.

Scotland XV: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Darcy Graham, 13 Chris Harris, 12 Sione Tuipulotu, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Ali Price, 8 Matt Fagerson, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Jamie Ritchie (c), 5 Grant Gilchrist, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 Fraser Brown, 1 Pierre Schoeman

Reserves: 16 Ewan Ashman, 17 Rory Sutherland, 18 WP Nel, 19 Jonny Gray, 20 Jack Dempsey, 21 Ben White, 22 Blair Kinghorn, 23 Mark Bennett