Scotland have included four uncapped players in the starting line up for the upcoming autumn international opener against Tonga to be played at Murrayfield Stadium on Saturday.
Glasgow duo Rufus McLean and Sione Tuipulotu has been named at left wing and midfield respectively. Edinburgh pair Jamie Hodgson and Pierre Schoeman will start at second row and loosehead prop respectively.
Darcy Graham will start at fullback while Kyle Steyn slots at right wing with Sam Johnson joining Tuipulotu in centre. Blair Kinghorn takes the kicking responsibility forming halfback partnership with co-captain Ali Price.
Rob Harley joins Hodgson at second row while George Turner being the preferred hooker.
Marshall Sykes, Luke Crosbie, Jamie Dobie and Ross Thompson are in line to make their Scotland debut when they come off the bench.
"Saturday will also be a huge occasion for a number of players in our squad who have the honour of playing for their country for the first time," said Townsend.
"Tonga will be very dangerous opponents for us, as they pose a ferocious physical challenge in attack and defence.
"They performed very well on their last visit to Scotland and I'm sure they will be highly motivated to take the game to us once again."
Scotland XV: 15 Darcy Graham, 14 Kyle Steyn, 13 Sione Tuipulotu, 12 Sam Johnson, 11 Rufus McLean, 10 Blair Kinghorn, 9 Ali Price, 8 Matt Fagerson, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Jamie Ritchie, 5 Rob Harley, 4 Jamie Hodgson, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 George Turner, 1 Pierre Schoeman
Reserves: 16 Stuart McInally, 17 Jamie Bhatti, 18 Oli Kebble, 19 Marshall Sykes, 20 Luke Crosbie, 21 Nick Haining, 22 Jamie Dobie, 23 Ross Thompson